A global study of broadband pricing has revealed vast disparities in the prices levied by operators.
Over 3,351 broadband packages were recorded and analysed by BDRC Continental and Cable.co.uk between 18 August and 12 October 2017. It found Iran offers the world’s cheapest broadband with an average monthly cost of $5.37.
Burkina Faso is the most expensive, with an average package price of $954.54 per month.
Six of the ten countries where broadband is the cheapest were formerly a part of the USSR (now collectively known as the Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS), including the Russian Federation itself.
Within Western Europe, Italy came in the cheapest, with an average package price of $28.89 per month, followed by Germany ($34.07), Denmark ($35.90) and France ($36.34). The UK came in eighth cheapest out of 28, with an average package price of $40.52 per month.
Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said:”Our data demonstrates that when it comes to broadband, both the national marketplace and the infrastructure that underpins it are imperfect no matter where you live.
“With a healthy, open marketplace offering very cheap broadband deals to everyone, and so-called ‘superfast’ speeds to almost 96% of homes, the UK is doing considerably better than the majority of countries around the world.”
Over 3,351 broadband packages were recorded and analysed by BDRC Continental and Cable.co.uk between 18 August and 12 October 2017.