The Black Sea country has emerged as the place that offers the world’s cheapest broadband at an average cost of $5 per month. Operators in the West African nation of Mauritania appear to have created higher margins with the most expensive broadband registering an average package price of $768.16.
Data from 3,303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries were gathered and analysed by Cable.co.uk with the assistance of international consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC between 15 August and 20 September 2018.
“The countries with slow, patchy broadband infrastructure that supplies only a fraction of the population tend to be the most expensive,” said Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk “Likewise, those with exceptional, often full-fibre (FTTH) infrastructure supplying the majority of the population tend to be the cheapest, if not in absolute terms, certainly on a cost-per-megabit basis.”
Ukraine is not alone in its discounting, four of the top six cheapest countries in the world are found in the former USSR (Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS), including the Russian Federation itself with an average package cost of just $9.77 per month. Conversely, the United States has some of the most expensive broadband in the world, coming in 119th place with an average monthly package cost of $67.69.
In Western Europe, Italy is the cheapest, with an average package price of $ 29.48 per month, followed by France ($31.14), Germany ($36.68) and Monaco ($37.00). The UK came in fifth cheapest out of 29 Western European nations (and 61st cheapest worldwide), with an average package price of $39.58 per month.