Global broadband pricing league table 2024

Study of broadband pricing in 223 countries reveals vast global disparities in the cost of getting online.

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Here is a quick look at some of the highlights unearthed in the study.


#1. Sudan

Despite poor telecommunications infrastructure and improving take-up of mobile broadband services, where available, fixed-line broadband remains cheap in Sudan, if not particularly affordable by the general population.


#2. Argentina

Disruptive politics in the country have seen its currency fall dramatically against the US dollar. So while the country is now the second-cheapest in dollar value, it remains the same price for the country's population.


#3. Belarus

Belarus has the second highest fibre penetration rate in Europe, behind only Iceland. This has kept speeds high and prices low. However, the country currently faces significant political and economic turmoil.


#4. Ukraine

Despite being at war, Ukraine remains an inexpensive country in which to purchase a broadband connection, provided the ongoing turmoil has not made local connection difficult or impossible.

Cheapest vs most expensive

Here we take a closer look at the five most expensive and five cheapest countries in the world in terms of average broadband monthly cost.

Top 5 cheapest countries

Country Average cost of broadband per month
Sudan Sudan USD 2.40
Argentina Argentina USD 5.17
Belarus Belarus USD 7.03
Ukraine Ukraine USD 7.35
Egypt Egypt USD 8.31

Top 5 most expensive countries

Country Average cost of broadband per month
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands USD 457.84
Burundi Burundi USD 304.57
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands USD 212.00
Virgin Islands Virgin Islands (British) USD 189.00
Bermuda Bermuda USD 185.00


Here we take a closer look at the average prices across 13 global regions. Each of the numbers in the following diagram is the mean price in USD for each of these regions, ordered by more expensive to cheapest.

Region Average regional price
CIS USD 16.46
Eastern Europe USD 18.06
Baltics USD 21.58
Northern Africa USD 22.95
South America USD 38.48
Asia (Ex. Near East) USD 39.88
Western Europe USD 50.01
Sub-Saharan Africa USD 62.66
Near East USD 65.75
Caribbean USD 82.94
Northern America USD 104.33
Oceania USD 105.14
Central America USD 105.72


Of the 11 CIS nations in the table, with the exception of Turkmenistan, all can be found in the top 40 cheapest in the table, making it the cheapest region in the world for broadband overall. The region had an average monthly price of just USD 16.46. The cheapest nations were Belarus (USD 7.03, 3rd), Kazakhstan (USD 9.08, 8th), and Moldova (USD 9.19, 9th). In comparison, the most expensive countries in the region were Turkmenistan (USD 58.68, 147th), Armenia (USD 18.21, 38th) andTajikistan (USD 17.42, 34th).

  • Position: 1st
  • Total countries tested: 11
  • Most expensive package: USD 143.05
  • Cheapest package: USD 4.78
  • Average package price: USD 16.46
  • Total packages measured: 208

Eastern Europe

There are 15 qualifying countries in the Eastern Europe region, all of which are in the top half of the table, with two (Ukraine and Romania) making it into the top ten, and 10 others in the top 50. Overall the region averages USD 18.06 per month, making it the second cheapest region in the world. The cheapest three were Ukraine (USD 7.35, 4th), Romania (USD 8.60, 6th) and Bulgaria (USD 10.47, 14th). The most expensive three were Slovenia (USD 40.29, 102nd), Montenegro (USD 25.04, 59th), and Croatia (USD 21.94, 53rd).

  • Position: 2nd
  • Total countries tested: 15
  • Most expensive package: USD 83.42
  • Cheapest package: USD 1.37
  • Average package price: USD 18.06
  • Total packages measured: 288


The Baltics, comprising three countries, ranked entirely within the top 80, coming in third-cheapest overall regionally, with a regional average price of USD 21.58. Latvia fared best in 30th place overall, with an average price of USD 16.59. Lithuania followed, in 31st place overall with an average price of USD 16.94. Estonia trailed in third position, in 71st place overall and an average of USD 31.21 per month.

  • Position: 3rd
  • Total countries tested: 3
  • Most expensive package: USD 108.16
  • Cheapest package: USD 8.03
  • Average package price: USD 21.58
  • Total packages measured: 70

Northern Africa

The six countries in Northern Africa all feature in the cheapest half of the table, with three countries in the top 40. The average price in the region is USD 22.57. The cheapest was Egypt (USD 9.67, 9th), followed by Tunisia (USD 14.53, 21st), and Libya (USD 18.68, 36th). The most expensive was Senegal (USD 39.56, 91st), followed by Morocco (USD 32.47, 71st) and Algeria (USD 20.51, 42nd).

  • Position: 4th
  • Total countries tested: 6
  • Most expensive package: USD 100.94
  • Cheapest package: USD 2.50
  • Average package price: USD 22.95
  • Total packages measured: 105

South America

The 11 countries measured in South America span from the upper to the lower end of the table, with a regional average price of USD 38.48. The cheapest broadband in South America can be found in Argentina (USD 5.17 (largely due to recent volatility against the dollar), 2nd), Colombia (USD 20.47, 44th), and Brazil (USD 21.18, 48th). The most expensive packages on average are in Falkland Islands (USD 139.74, 212th), Uruguay (USD 55.35, 137th), and French Guiana (USD 53.84, 133rd).

  • Position: 5th
  • Total countries tested: 11
  • Most expensive package: USD 586.51
  • Cheapest package: USD 2.84
  • Average package price: USD 38.48
  • Total packages measured: 182

Asia (excl. Near East)

28 countries were measured in the Asia (ex. Near East) region, which has an average price of USD 39.88. This global region covers a vast expanse and as such pricing runs the full length of the table from top to bottom. The cheapest packages were found in seventh-place Vietnam (USD 8.72), 10th-place Nepal (USD 9.51), and 13th-place India (USD 9.73). The most expensive countries in the region were British Indian Ocean Territory (USD 167.33), Bhutan (USD 117.75) and Timor-Leste (USD 107.33).

  • Position: 6th
  • Total countries tested: 28
  • Most expensive package: USD 660.65
  • Cheapest package: USD 3.33
  • Average package price: USD 39.88
  • Total packages measured: 651

Western Europe

The 29 countries measured in Western Europe span the middle to the lower end of the table, with none in the top 50 and two in the bottom 50. The regional average price of USD 50.01 makes it the seventh cheapest of the 13 global regions overall. The cheapest in the region was Malta (USD 27.01, 63rd), followed by Italy (USD 30.97, 70th) and Spain (USD 31.99, 76th). The most expensive was Faroe Islands (USD 83.86, 182nd, followed by the Norway (USD 80.18, 176th) and Iceland (USD 76.24, 172nd).

  • Position: 7th
  • Total countries tested: 29
  • Most expensive package: USD 1029.90
  • Cheapest package: USD 5.35
  • Average package price: USD 50.01
  • Total packages measured: 512

Sub-Saharan Africa

44 countries were measured in Sub-Saharan Africa, most of which sit in the bottom half of the league table. The average cost per month in the region is USD 62.66. Going against the trend were Sudan (USD 2.40, 1st place, cheapest in the world), the Zimbabwe (USD 9.64, 11th), and Republic of Congo (USD 12.62, 20th). At the other end of the table, the most expensive was Burundi (USD 304.57, 222nd, the second-most expensive country in the world), followed by Congo (Democratic Republic of) (USD 170.97, 218th) and Mozambique (USD 118.26, 208th).

  • Position: 8th
  • Total countries tested: 44
  • Most expensive package: USD 1257.69
  • Cheapest package: USD 0.87
  • Average package price: USD 62.66
  • Total packages measured: 398

Near East

The 15 countries in the Near East measured for this year's broadband pricing league span the entire table. The average price for the region is USD 65.75. The cheapest countries were Turkey (USD 10.95, 16th), Lebanon (USD 21.91, 52nd) and Israel (USD 25.80, 61st). The most expensive were Yemen (USD 159.71, 216th), United Arab Emirates (USD 142.65, 214th) and Oman (USD 95.47, 197th).

  • Position: 9th
  • Total countries tested: 15
  • Most expensive package: USD 1819.75
  • Cheapest package: USD 5.37
  • Average package price: USD 65.75
  • Total packages measured: 321


The Caribbean is a region of island nations where the average cost of fixed broadband tends to be high. The average package price is USD 82.94, with most countries featuring in the more expensive half of the table. The cheapest countries in the region were Cuba (USD 29.52, 69th), Dominican Republic (USD 33.51, 82nd), and Puerto Rico (USD 40.63, 103rd), while the Turks and Caicos Islands (USD 212.00, 212th), the British Virgin Islands (USD 189.00, 220th), and the Cayman Islands (USD 155.04, 215th) were the most expensive.

  • Position: 10th
  • Total countries tested: 31
  • Most expensive package: USD 388.52
  • Cheapest package: USD 11.27
  • Average package price: USD 82.94
  • Total packages measured: 238

Northern America

Four countries were recorded in Northern America, and all of them sit in the bottom half of the table. The region as a whole has an average price of USD 104.33, making it the third-most expensive region in the world. Canada was cheapest (USD 58.26, 144th), followed by the United States (USD 65.00, 155th) and Greenland (USD 114.60, 204th). Bermuda was the most expensive in the region (USD 185.00, 219th).

  • Position: 11th
  • Total countries tested: 4
  • Most expensive package: USD 315.00
  • Cheapest package: USD 21.83
  • Average package price: USD 105.72
  • Total packages measured: 86


Of the 15 qualifying countries in Oceania, most were in the bottom half of the table. The region has an overall average price of USD 105.14. The cheapest in the region was Tonga (USD 17.66, 35th), with New Caledonia in second place (USD 27.70, 64th), and Fiji (USD 46.18, 120th) in third. The most expensive in the region was Solomon Islands (USD 457.84, 223rd and most expensive in the world) followed by Christmas Island (USD 141.85, 213th) and Guam (USD 135.00, 211th).

  • Position: 12th
  • Total countries tested: 16
  • Most expensive package: USD 2301.00
  • Cheapest package: USD 8.53
  • Average package price: USD 105.14
  • Total packages measured: 152

Central America

Most Central American countries found themselves sitting in the middle of the league table. The region as a whole has an average package price of USD 105.72, but there is a wide price difference across the area. Ecuador is cheapest (USD 31.05, 68th), followed by Ecuador (USD 35.28, 80th), and Guatamala (USD 32.31, 78th). Meanwhile, the most expensive average prices in the region are found in Honduras (USD 58.00, 143rd), Costa Rica (USD 46.27, 121st), and Belize (USD 43.61, 114th).

  • Position: 13th
  • Total countries tested: 10
  • Most expensive package: USD 200.88
  • Cheapest package: USD 16.80
  • Average package price: USD 39.87
  • Total packages measured: 194

Historical averages

Tracking broadband pricing in 223 countries and territories across multiple 12-month periods has allowed us to generate a global average price and to see how this number changes over time. This is the average price of a broadband package across the entire globe for the past seven years.

Year Average global price % difference from previous year
2024 USD 55.89 -1.84%
2023 USD 56.92 -0.26%
2022 USD 57.07 -36.53%
2021 USD 77.92 -6.76%
2020 USD 83.19 25.45%
2019 USD 62.02 -19.67%
2018 USD 74.22 -

Our comments on the research

It is not altogether too surprising that the most advanced, developed nations tend to have some of the most expensive broadband. After all, earnings are higher, and investment and rollout of new technologies tends to be ahead of the curve. Or so one would think.

It is interesting, however, that the cheapest broadband in the world tends to be in Eastern Europe and CIS nations. These countries tend to have some of the most advanced infrastructure too (high % full fibre FTTP coverage), and are somehow able to offer it to users at very low prices. And although Western Europe, North America and other parts of the world are catching up infrastructurally, the rest of the world stands no chance of matching those price points.

In a way it obliterates the notion that regions such as Western Europe and North America pay more because of the cost of rolling out new technologies, and actually points more readily to the idea that people in these regions are made to pay more simply because they can.

Dan Howdle


Downloadable versions of the data set (.xls), the original press release and the research methodology (.pdf)


League table

The full data set can be downloaded here.


Press release

If you wish to see the original press release for this research, you can download it here as a PDF.



Our research methodology and notes on how to interpret the data can be downloaded here as a PDF.

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Dan Howdle

Dan Howdle

Consumer telecoms analyst