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Top Broadband Countries Ranked By PRICE
By: MarkJ - 17 July, 2007 (8:34 AM)

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released new statistics that rank countries by broadband price. The report also highlights how much everybody pays per megabit per second (1Mbps), with Japan being the cheapest at just 11p! By comparison those of us in the UK spend 1.81, which isn't far off the USA on 1.59.

Still, spare a thought for people in Turkey, where a single megabit will typically set you back 40.56. Naturally countries with fibre broadband connections, which often offer up to 100Mbps, can easily top the charts. The top 20 countries based off entry level broadband prices are as follows:

Rank. Country - Price (Monthly Average)
1. Sweden - $10.79
2. Denmark - $11.11
3. Switzerland - $12.53
4. United States - $15.93
5. France - $16.36
6. Netherlands - $16.85
7. New Zealand - $16.86
8. Italy - $17.63
9. Ireland - $18.18
10. Finland - $19.49
11. Japan - $19.87
12. Luxembourg - $19.99
13. Norway - $20.01
14. Australia - $21.10
15. Austria - $21.11
16. Germany - $21.85
17. Belgium - $22.43
18. Canada - $23.16
19. United Kingdom - $29.00 (14.50)
20. Slovak Republic - $31.50

Though expected, it's still saddening to see the UK lumped all the way down at 19th place. Most have blamed this on a refusal to adopt fibre technologies, not to mention delays in the introduction ADSL2+, although there are other reasons too.

The OECD has been criticised for inaccurate statistics a couple of times this year and did not appear to include bundled broadband deals in this latest round, likewise some other niche unbundled (LLU) providers were excluded. In addition some countries have been able to subsidise their broadband infrastructure with a lot of government funds.

It will be interesting to see whether next years introduction of ADSL2+ technology and ever increasing cable speeds push us further up the list, although speed alone should never be a judgement of quality.


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