October 1 2009|09.21 AM UTC

Erik Chang

Costs Around The World: Internet Access

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When it comes to Internet access, not all plans are created equal. The data transfer speeds vary greatly around the world, as does the cost for basic access. As you can see, in Japan Internet speeds are blazing fast and cheap compared to those less fortunate users in other countries. In the United States, Internet users pay more for way less, but are still better off than users in Greece who connect at the slowest speeds in the world.

Note: Because minimum, maximum, and average speeds vary by country and region, we normalized the data to calculate speed and cost per 1MBPs in each area.

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Chris October 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Greece is not “one of the slowest in the world”. Its number 20 in the world. Read the title of the picture.


Harold August 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I think that chart shows Greece as 30th.


mahmoud October 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

actually that was turkey


Reardon October 1, 2009 at 2:59 pm

No price-per-month label for Australia?


Smee October 1, 2009 at 3:24 pm

What about the download caps in each country?


Bill October 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Who paid for this? USA is ranked 65th in the World for its internet speed and cost per mbs. Asia was left out and their cost and speed is much lower then here, that is why my server is in Taiwan. You really think comparing 30 Countries gives any idea of the real picture


jjj February 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

Asia… is a continent. Japan and Korea are both part of Asia.

But your point is still valid.


nakichiam October 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

To think that the usual broadband fee without bandwidth cap per month for a 1 mbps is about rm 88 (1 usd is about rm 3 something) over here; I consider poland cheap.


Nathaniel Flick October 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm

People in the US pay a flat rate for unlimited usage. How can that be compared to countries with bandwidth caps and variable billing?


Ken September 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I am not sure where you are, but I would love for my house (USA, in the Midwest) to have this. If your friends are getting flat-rate, unlimited, internet in the US, please have them let me know how.


YEP February 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

East coast = flat rate no cap. Although maybe if you have Comcrap they might be capping things soon…

That’s what happens when your scum bag local governments overstep their authority and subvert market competition. Luckily there are a few forces working against their anti-free market stupidity now, but of course I’m sure people will continue to blame the free market for problems created by government suppression of a free market…


Andrew October 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

My own personal experience of living in Australia and the UK tells me these figures cannot be correct. In Australia speeds are generally low (0.5 mbps) in all but the centre of our capital cities, and costs around $70 US for 40GB. In the UK, speeds are generally 3mbps, with fair availability of 20mbps, and costs around $30 US for uncapped, unlimited data.


Johan October 1, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I’m from Finland and I don’t think the average speed here is anywhere near that number. The cost per Mbit seems right though.


Alma October 2, 2009 at 2:10 am

You might want to revise the Iberian peninsula part of your drawing of Europe. It is somewhat…mangled. Portugal seems to have either sunk into the Atlantic or taken flight and hovered over to Spain.


Shodan October 2, 2009 at 4:56 am

In portugal you can get a 100mbps/20mbps fiber optic connection, with no download caps for 50 euros, from the 3 major ISP’s (triple play service, TV, Phone, Internet) and one company has a simetric 150mbps (down and up) internet only for 30 euros, no download limits.


alfred October 2, 2009 at 6:11 am

I live in south africa so this is especially agitating….


BillShrink Guy October 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

Thanks for the ping on Portugal map issue, we’ll have that fixed ASAP. The bulge out of Spain should have been a dead giveaway…


vagueさん October 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

Things in this infographic maybe skewed in some ways, but i can attest to the ridiculous speeds attained in Japan.
The two different companies I have had here so far have out preformed comcast in every way. Comcast seems like telegraph technology compared to what im getting here.


cm October 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Actually, the max speeds in Portugal are 200M/10M @ 100€ and 1G symmetric @ 250€ for uncaped triple play, but the geographic availability is limited.



Charles October 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

It just means that US is more efficient at using their small bandwidth. Even though we are the one of the slowest internet providers, no once can beat US for its innovation in internet pioneering technologies.


romero October 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

in korea my Pc is like a old version of dual core (so the pc is like kinda old) but still download speed is up to 8mgs so it downloads a movie in about 2minutes
and the internet speed is 100M. My friend uses internet speed of 1000M but the speed he actaully gets is about 500M
cause his PC is a reck

And if you go to a PC cafe(where you pay money to use one) it’s 1000M cause the PC’s are good. at PCcafes games big as 10gigas download less than 8minutes

and the price here are 100M/10mgs = 17$ 300M/?=28$ 1000M/??=35$
it’s absolutly a world of internet here.


moron June 28, 2010 at 6:11 am

sure.. and pigs can fly. You know why I don’t believe you? you said 10 gigabytes in 8 minutes. Well bite this: there’s no way you can copy a 10 gigabyte file offline in 8 minutes, because the hard disk cannot cope with that kind of speed. sure you can reach it if you’re using SSDs, but what kind of internet cafe would use the extremely expensive SSDs just so you can copy file faster?


Who is moron? July 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

10 Gigabytes in 8 minutes is actually only 21 Megabytes in second. If your HDD cannot handle that, its very old one or you need to do some defrag asap. In fact todays average HDD (Not SSD) write/read speed is about ~100 MB/sec.


sads April 1, 2011 at 12:15 am

You hit the nail. I agree about the avg hdd speed.But can 8mbps download speed be possible that too so cheap?

I am from India and the plans here are complete crap.
13.3$ per month for an unlimited plan with download speed of 64kbps


sahyadris May 18, 2011 at 3:34 am

@ sads which part of the country (INDIA) are you in, I pay $14/month for 512kbps.. and around $20/month for a 3Mbps line. Looks like you havent explored the market fully.

Dav October 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

Hi, could you please post also the raw data you used to compile this? I’ve tried searching for your stated source “internet world stats broadband penetration” and unfortunately can’t track it down. Thanks! I’m hoping to do some telecommuting from outside of the US while traveling and it would be helpful for my planning my itinerary.


Juan Carlos October 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

High cost for Mexico is due the monopoly of Telmex, which is proprietor Carlos Slim one of but the rich ones of the world. poor Mexico


mokenke October 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm

What about South America? Chile is on the forefront of technology regarding internet usage. Prices are reasonable, speed is definitely good, and there is WIFI provided by the government for free in a few cities, something that you don’t see in countries like France, for example.

Why isn’t South America considered?


VSRangarajan November 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Asia is the hot spot now.. You blew your information by ignoring countries other than Korea and Japan..I am from Singapore and I feel that its one of the best!


Tom November 18, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Where can you get a poster size print?


S Topping February 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

My question is why does the US have such a slow internet speed?
What difference would it make to our economy if our internet speed was as fast as say Japan …?
US 4.8 mbps VS Japan 61 mbps
What is entailed in speeding up our it service?


SomeGuy December 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

Thats easy. Check out the size of Japan compared to the size of the US. Now take into account the Governing standards of the US. Each state governs itself and is in charge of running its own lines if they want. So yea some really big cities have really high speeds as they have a population that would make it worth wild to install. Lots of places dont. Unlike in Japan you are not always “near” a big city.


Joe Wein March 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

I am not sure about the validity of the cost per 1 Mbps metric – what does that really mean? Do you just take the average of the monthly charge paid divided by the Mbps measured? That doesn’t really tell you much unless two users pay the same amount or have the same throughput. For example, beyond a certain level more the double the speed for double the cost is not necessarily better (especially for low income users doing basic web surfing), though in your benchmark it would look that way.

For many users at the low end of the speed range, having any kind of “always on” connectivity = wide geographic coverage is more important than raw speed. It’s better to have < 1 MBbps access for 90% of the population than say 20 Mbps access for only 10% and none for the rest.

Highly urbanized countries with high population density are at an advantage here, because more people live within a certain distance of a switch, without having to use repeaters or string more cable. It's easy to install cheap fast broadband if you're willing to put up with high rents for crowded apartments. There's no such thing as a free lunch.

Yes, I enjoy high speed internet at very reasonable prices here in Japan, but at 4500 EUR per square meter of land to build a home for my family, "cheap" comes at a high price.

P.S. Korea seems to have been reunified already according to this map — North Korea's territory is included in the diagram for South Korea.


zhuk March 6, 2010 at 4:26 am

$1-5 for 1mbps/month in Australia?? You’re dreaming, mate!

(although the speed is about right lol)


Abhay Singh March 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

What about the status of Middle east and Africa region…


Ajay Raghav April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

I am in India. And with BSNL EVDO 3G, I get the fastest available speed in India i.e. 4 Mbps. And the second best thing about it is the unlimited usage at fixed monthly charge of just $15. (Rs. 700/-)

I enjoy it!!!!! But, not my other friends. They get a speed hardly close to 512 Kbps. So, they are a little jealous of my connection. India is # 151 in Internet Speeds… (According to an article in Hindustan Times).

We need a lot of improvement in this area…


subahsh June 6, 2010 at 3:31 am

mbps , its in bits , if u convert in bytes its around only 500 kbps .


David St.-Lascaux May 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Please advise a broadband vendor in New York at $3.33. I can only concur with other comments that this data is unusable. Journalist, please help us understand your methodology and point us to corroborating data.


subhash June 6, 2010 at 3:28 am

India is far behind , 1 mbps cost = 35$ per month .


rokas July 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

in suriname(part of south america) i cough op 135 us for 512kbps.i think we have the most expensive internet service in the world.


valmir January 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

Oh really? What about Angola (southern Africa) where the best ISP is charging $900/month for 10MBs with 150Gb limit data usage!!!!


Anonymous August 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

In japan, the massive majority of the population is urban-based, so the cost of building infrastructure would be much smaller to cover a small percentage of a country slightly smaller than California. Also, they don’t have the CWA and other unions driving up the cost of labor, though they do have their own unique problems which might be of equal expense. If you had to build a high speed network in California and you ONLY had to cover the major cities and the areas in corridors between them, the costs would be significantly lower, as compared to the entirely of the US in which the population is split between urban areas and suburban/rural areas.


Averagejo. November 24, 2010 at 2:50 am

Country Name: Jordan

Internet Speed: 2 Mbps
Cap: 10-12GB/Month (up&down)
Ping (to yahoo.com using Wimax): 280-380 (varies a lot, not sure but not 30-50 !!!)
Price: 38-42 USD/Month

Highest Speed(ADSL): 8 Mbps (line quality:not good)
Cap: 50 GB/Month
Price: 94 USD/Month

Salary (Young average joe): 350-550 USD (starting salary)
Apartment rent (1-3 rooms): 150-450 USD (low to medium)
Cola can 330ml (Cheapest type): 42.3 cent
Meal (average joe meal): 4.30 – 8.50 USD
Fast food (Mcdonald and so): 5.50 – 7.75 USD (Combo meal, no side dishes)


Don James December 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

My friend in US telling most of Internet with CAP,,for example, Camcaster with 250GBps/ Month

also others like ATT, Waner cable, most ISP has CAP, average with 50GBps/Month..

How people in US, can enjoy new media such as HD movie, High resolution pics,,?

this makes US more behind internet world, still US in only country charging Incoming Cellular phone,, can you believe this?


ali80 February 21, 2011 at 5:33 am

In Iran the internet price is very high and the speed is very low
the government has limited the internet speed for home use to 128kbit/s
I myself use ADSL connection with speed of 128kbit/s and data usage of 3GB/month for about 12US$/month and i think i got lucky because I am one of the 700,000 from 27,000,000 internet users that use ADSL and the rest are still using dial up connection


george March 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

Greece 24mb/s costs about 30 USD but line’s quality is really bad u get about 1-2 @ download and about 100kb/s upload speed :(


shaif uddin ahamed March 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

In Bangladesh I have to pay for 1MBPS internet connection $50, though upload speed 15kbps


lessthang March 30, 2011 at 4:14 am

in the philippines, 2.5mbps is around 50-60 USD. while 10mbps is around 200-300 USD


Very sad April 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

we pay $60 for 1Mbps bandwidth here in Indonesia…and the line quality is bad :(


neanicu86 May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

in romania the biggest provider RCS-RDS, offers speed of 100Mb/s, unlimited download/uppload, fiber optics, for 15 dollars/month. I hardly belive that’s another place where internet is cheaper.
Escuse my bad english.


ripot12 July 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Mexico’s offerings are not bad, still expensive and unstable. The following are the best:
Axtel –> 100mb – Simetric – $200 USD (Only major cities, unlimited local calls, asimetric $167 USD)
10mb – Simetric – $80 USD (same as above, asimetric $67 USD)
Cable –> 6mb – Asimetric – around $80 USD (unlimited/limited local calls, digital cable) – There are more expensive packages up to 20mb in some cities
Iusacell (mobile) –> up to 20mb – $50 USD (limited coverage, cap 10GB)
Telmex –> 2mb – Asimetric – $50 USD (200 national calls) There’s a $80 USD 5mb package
**Caps not known, except for mobile carriers.


riverbed steelhead appliances February 8, 2012 at 3:43 am

Very fun that you got to run part of the race w/ Brian. Youre a strong runner, and I think THATS why this infamous race was a cakewalk for you!


mr3bk March 2, 2012 at 4:55 am

oh ur sooo lucky, in saudi arabia we pay $60 a month for 1mb and upload 0.5
that fucked up


Anonymous April 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

India is uncomparable as most isp’s impose really low transfer caps of 10-30gb on connections. for eg one could get a 2mbps connection at 25 dollars, but after 30 gb of downloads u would be downgraded to a 256 kbps connection cause of some shitty fup poilcies by major providers. So anyone who uses the internet for anything other than surfing r out of luck.


Felix June 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm

As a student in Sweden I pay roughly 15 USD for 100/100. I’m getting like 96/88 out of it. As a non-student, I paid like 30 USD for the same speed. Unlimited usage, of course.


Muhammad Gelbana June 8, 2012 at 7:37 am

In Egypt, It’s 145 EGPs for 1Mbps


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