(28 October 2021) In the modern digital world, access to the internet is increasingly becoming a basic human need. A worldwide broadband pricing report from Cable.co.uk shows how much the price for internet access varies across countries. Some key takeaways:

  • The world's cheapest fixed-line broadband is currently offered in Ukraine,  with an average monthly cost of US$6.40 per month. Five of the ten countries with the cheapest internet were formerly part of the USSR: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus.
  • The world's most expensive country for fixed-line broadband is Eritrea, with an average package price of $2,666 per month. Eritrea is also the most expensive country in terms of internet speed, with users paying an average monthly cost of of $1,590 per megabit per second (Mbps)—more than seven times the monthly cost per Mbps in the next most expensive country, Niger.
  • The country with the lowest cost/speed ratio is Romania, with an average cost of $.02 per Mbps per month. Of the 211 countries covered in the report, 87 (41%) have average costs per Mbps less than $1.00 per month, and users in 171 countries (81%) pay less than $10 per Mbps per month.
  • The US is ranked at 131st place globally among countries with the cheapest internet, with an average package cost of $60 per month. On the Mbps cost scale, though, the US is ranked at 26th place globally.

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