Generally, Central American countries are at the more expensive end of the table, though it must be said, not considerably so. Many Central American countries have comparatively slow broadband compared to North America and Europe. Again the problem of low uptake leads to less healthy markets and greater expense.
Mexico offers the cheapest broadband in the region on average, coming in 45th in the global league with an average package price of $33.32. Panama is the most expensive in the region with an average package price of $108.38.
CIS (Former USSR)
CIS is by far and away the cheapest region in the world for broadband, with 10 of its 12 countries comfortably in the top half of the table, eight in the top quarter and four in the top ten. Ukraine is the cheapest country in the world for broadband with an average package price of just $5.00, followed in fourth place overall by the Russian Federation ($9.77), fifth place Belarus ($10.46) and sixth place Moldova ($11.28).
Broadband infrastructure is well developed throughout most of the region, with healthy competitive markets for the most part. Exceptions are Turkmenistan and Kyrgystan whose relatively sparse populations do little to foster a healthy broadband marketplace.
All 13 countries in the Eastern Europe region fell within the top 50 cheapest in the world. Only one country in this region made it into the top ten, however: Romania, in tenth place with an average broadband package cost of $14.42.
Broadband in Eastern Europe is not only cheap, but (much like the Baltic region) very quick due to high saturation of FTTP. For example, Romania and Hungary (first and third in this region) both find themselves among the top ten fastest countries in the world. Bucking no trends here as, once again, where broadband is quick, it's also cheap.
Worldwide Broadband Pricing
The data were collected and compiled for the second year running byexperts at Cable.co.uk, and with the assistance of international consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC Download data (.xls)