Fast affordable broadband is one of the essentials of modern life

report from the Commission on Science and Technology for Development of the United Nations Economic and Social Council claimed broadband offered far more significant socioeconomic impacts than earlier technological leaps such as telephony and narrowband or low-speed data communications, and that “the digital divide is increasingly becoming a knowledge divide.”

The latest data available from British broadband, TV and phone comparison site Cable.co.uk paints an interesting...

The report states “the scope of information and of technical and socioeconomic know-how of educational, scientific, health and political resources available to one segment of society (via broadband) is virtually infinite, while the remainder of the population (without broadband) remains excluded from the information society.”

The data below was gathered over the year to May 10, 2017 and was compiled by Cable.co.uk from more than 63 million broadband speed tests conducted by M-Lab, a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s PlanetLab, and other supporting partners.

Singapore’s feat in topping this list isn’t surprising, but the size of its lead over every other country should be emphasized. Singapore’s average broadband speed is double that of eighth-placed Belgium, and near triple that of 21st-placed United States.

Posn.CountryMean Download Speed (Mbps)
1Singapore55.13
2Sweden40.16
3Taiwan34.40
4Denmark33.54
5Netherlands33.52
6Latvia30.36
7Norway29.13
8Belgium27.37
9Hong Kong27.16
10Switzerland26.93
11Lithuania25.12
12Japan24.47
13Estonia24.11
14Jersey23.30
15Hungary23.16
16South Korea22.90
17Portugal21.72
18Romania21.33
19Finland20.90
20Macau20.52
21United States20.00
22Spain19.60
23Slovakia18.85
24Germany18.80
25Slovenia18.37
26Canada18.03
27Bulgaria17.54
28Czech Republic17.31
29Thailand16.85
30New Zealand16.60
31United Kingdom16.51
32Monaco16.13
33Luxembourg15.52
34Austria15.26
35Poland14.88
36Ireland13.92
37France13.43
38Gibraltar13.18
39Cayman Islands13.15
40Croatia12.57
41Serbia12.25
42Andorra12.07
43Russian Federation11.59
44Liechtenstein11.40
45Moldova10.75
46Italy10.71
47Iceland10.55
48Malta10.17
49Bahamas10.06
50Isle of Man9.01
51Kenya8.83
52Guernsey8.76
53Cyprus8.24
54Ukraine8.18
55Australia7.70
56Mexico7.59
57Greece7.56
58Faroe Islands7.48
59Macedonia7.34
60Israel7.20
61Bosnia and Herzegovina7.00
62Turks and Caicos Islands6.74
63Malaysia6.69
64Belarus6.68
65Barbados6.62
66Jamaica6.60
67Puerto Rico6.44
68Dominican Republic6.22
69Bermuda5.94
70Georgia5.86
71Montenegro5.85
72Seychelles5.84
73Virgin Islands (British)5.49
74Vietnam5.46
75Indonesia5.19
76Belize5.14
77Virgin Islands (U.S.)5.14
78Albania4.67
79Morocco4.38
80South Africa4.36
81United Arab Emirates4.17
82Kazakhstan4.00
83Turkey3.96
84Qatar3.89
85Sri Lanka3.83
86Brunei Darussalam3.83
87Philippines3.69
88Tunisia3.50
89Madagascar3.49
90Honduras3.47
91Guatemala3.31
92Armenia3.29
93Trinidad and Tobago3.28
94Greenland3.15
95Nigeria3.15
96Bahrain3.13
97Aruba3.12
98Cambodia3.10
99Saudi Arabia3.06
100Jordan2.98
101Dominica2.68
102Azerbaijan2.67
103Haiti2.62
104Oman2.61
105Zimbabwe2.49
106Zambia2.45
107El Salvador2.34
108Panama2.30
109Martinique2.30
110Ghana2.30
111New Caledonia2.23
112Guam2.22
113Kuwait2.21
114Colombia2.12
115Liberia2.12
116Uganda2.12
117Rwanda2.11
118Myanmar2.09
119India2.06
120Cape Verde2.00
121Curaçao1.99
122Saint Lucia1.98
123Palestinian Territory1.96
124Laos1.94
125Antigua and Barbuda1.86
126Namibia1.81
127Saint Kitts and Nevis1.72
128Chile1.67
129Guadeloupe1.63
130Maldives1.62
131Iraq1.60
132Mongolia1.60
133Iran1.56
134China1.55
135Mauritania1.54
136Costa Rica1.53
137Mauritius1.53
138Brazil1.49
139Tanzania1.49
140Mozambique1.45
141Peru1.41
142Turkmenistan1.40
143Sint Maarten (Dutch)1.39
144Bangladesh1.34
145French Guiana1.34
146French Polynesia1.34
147Ethiopia1.34
148Uruguay1.31
149Ecuador1.28
150Afghanistan1.27
151Djibouti1.25
152Suriname1.25
153Togo1.24
154Fiji1.24
155Cote D’Ivoire1.22
156Egypt1.22
157Papua New Guinea1.19
158Senegal1.17
159Argentina1.15
160Nicaragua1.14
161Algeria1.11
162Sudan1.10
163Lebanon1.07
164Botswana1.07
165Angola1.05
166Kyrgyzstan0.98
167Cameroon0.97
168Reunion0.97
169Nepal0.97
170Malawi0.92
171Pakistan0.91
172Bolivia0.91
173Guyana0.89
174Libyan Arab Jamahiriya0.89
175Guinea0.84
176Mali0.84
177Tajikistan0.83
178Uzbekistan0.76
179Paraguay0.75
180Benin0.73
181Congo0.72
182Venezuela0.70
183Syrian Arab Republic0.68
184Vanuatu0.63
185Somalia0.62
186Congo0.55
187Burkina Faso0.49
188Gabon0.41
189Yemen0.34

Broadband Cost – country by country

The data below was gathered during the period August 11, 2017 to October 12, 2017 from 3,351 individual broadband packages by the UK’s largest independent research consultancy, BDRC Continental, and subsequently analyzed by Cable.co.uk.

The average price of broadband connectivity in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States seems to have been based on the time-honored “whatever the market can afford.”

Conversely, six of the 10 cheapest countries in the world for broadband connectivity can be found in the former USSR, including Russia itself. Affordable broadband is one of the cheapest economy superchargers available.

Posn.CountryAverage Monthly Broadband Cost (USD)
1Iran$5.37
2Ukraine$5.45
3Russian Federation$10.06
4Moldova$10.77
5Syria$12.15
6Egypt$12.40
7Belarus$12.77
8Romania$13.71
9Kazakhstan$13.73
10Georgia$16.80
11Serbia$18.92
12Poland$19.39
13Nepal$19.02
14Tajikistan$19.30
15Tunisia$19.53
16Latvia$19.86
17Sri Lanka$20.16
18Israel$20.66
19Saint-Martin (France)$20.72
20Slovakia$22.30
21Mongolia$22.12
22Yemen$22.67
23Hungary$24.84
24Uzbekistan$25.06
25Croatia$25.66
26Turkey$25.50
27Thailand$26.80
28Mexico$27.53
29Estonia$27.67
30Taiwan$27.61
31Bulgaria$28.81
32Italy$29.27
33Czech Republic$29.76
34South Korea$29.62
35Réunion$30.47
36Slovenia$31.21
37Montenegro$32.32
38Argentina$32.02
39Algeria$32.34
40Turkmenistan$32.23
41China$32.41
42Albania$33.23
43Dominican Republic$33.21
44Germany$34.53
45Brazil$35.08
46Macedonia$35.80
47Denmark$36.39
48France$36.83
49Mauritius$36.40
50Bosnia and Herzegovina$37.22
51Palestine, State of$37.32
52Saint Barthélemy$37.82
53India$37.35
54Isle of Man$37.85
55Azerbaijan$38.10
56Bangladesh$38.15
57Singapore$39.06
58Åland Islands$39.54
59Morocco$39.61
60San Marino$40.34
61French Guiana$40.93
62Macau$40.45
63United Kingdom$40.94
64Pakistan$40.86
65Martinique$41.67
66Uruguay$41.08
67Spain$42.16
68Finland$42.26
69Monaco$42.65
70Venezuela$43.30
71St. Pierre and Miquelon$44.97
72Guatemala$44.40
73Malaysia$44.88
74Mayotte$46.24
75Peru$45.62
76Armenia$46.87
77The Netherlands$48.34
78Cyprus$48.53
79Chile$48.57
80Gibraltar$50.22
81Austria$50.77
82Japan$51.02
83Belgium$51.90
84Colombia$51.65
85Portugal$53.23
86Guernsey$52.95
87Cambodia$52.89
88Iraq$53.56
89Kuwait$53.41
90Philippines$53.50
91Greece$55.50
92Canada$55.14
93Paraguay$55.12
94Lebanon$55.39
95Sweden$57.78
96Nicaragua$55.78
97South Africa$55.71
98Jersey$56.93
99Grenada$57.19
100Fiji$58.00
101Falkland Islands$58.67
102Côte d’Ivoire$60.54
103Libya$59.84
104Australia$60.37
105Dominica$62.17
106Ecuador$62.29
107Vietnam$62.45
108New Zealand$64.14
109Guadeloupe$65.02
110Mauritania$64.09
111Jamaica$64.52
112El Salvador$65.11
113Gambia$65.86
114United States$66.17
115Ethiopia$67.15
116Mozambique$68.08
117Puerto Rico$68.37
118Afghanistan$68.44
119Honduras$68.62
120Cameroon$70.08
121Lithuania$70.52
122Swaziland$69.67
123Costa Rica$70.00
124Ireland$72.27
125Saint Lucia$71.08
126Hong Kong$71.21
127Curaçao$71.20
128Iceland$72.94
129Trinidad and Tobago$72.27
130Sint Maarten$72.88
131Luxembourg$76.91
132Indonesia$76.00
133Myanmar$75.96
134Montserrat$76.16
135Bahamas$77.08
136Botswana$78.62
137Jordan$78.42
138Saint Kitts and Nevis$78.49
139Samoa$79.24
140Benin$81.05
141Nigeria$80.36
142New Caledonia$81.95
143Switzerland$82.29
144Bolivia$81.78
145Norway$83.39
146Saint Helena$84.07
147Greenland$84.64
148Saudi Arabia$84.03
149Guam$85.00
150Kenya$85.99
151Maldives$86.02
152Anguilla$86.70
153Faroe Islands$89.55
154Virgin Islands (U.S.)$88.01
155Liechtenstein$89.75
156Belize$88.94
157French Polynesia$93.04
158Sudan$95.95
159Djibouti$96.85
160Marshall Islands$97.45
161Malta$99.36
162Seychelles$98.57
163Bahrain$104.97
164Barbados$105.23
165Lesotho$108.81
166Gabon$111.48
167Caribbean Netherlands$110.12
168Kyrgyzstan$111.97
169Guyana$113.63
170Panama$112.77
171Sierra Leone$113.78
172Tanzania$113.99
173Comoros$116.93
174Somalia$117.00
175Turks and Caicos Islands$119.21
176Niger$121.82
177Micronesia$123.63
178American Samoa$122.59
179Bermuda$126.80
180Angola$139.22
181Virgin Islands (British)$146.05
182Oman$147.83
183Qatar$149.42
184Antigua and Barbuda$153.78
185Vanuatu$154.07
186United Arab Emirates$155.18
187Mali$166.14
188Zimbabwe$170.00
189Cook Islands$174.01
190Cayman Islands$175.27
191Haiti$224.19
192Laos$231.67
193Brunei Darussalam$269.58
194Namibia$435.96
195Papua New Guinea$597.20
196Burkina Faso$977.15

Broadband bang-per-buck – country by country

The data below was calculated by dividing the speed data by the cost data to achieve a speed/cost ratio for each country, and it offers a clear indication of which governments have recognized the benefits of embracing the digital age.

Posn.CountrySpeed/Cost Ratio
1Romania1.56
2Latvia1.53
3Ukraine1.50
4Singapore1.41
5Netherlands1.25
6Taiwan1.25
7Russian Federation1.15
8Moldova1.00
9Hungary0.93
10Denmark0.92
11Estonia0.87
12Slovakia0.85
13South Korea0.77
14Poland0.77
15Sweden0.70
16Serbia0.65
17Thailand0.63
18Bulgaria0.61
19Slovenia0.59
20Czech Republic0.58
21Germany0.54
22Belgium0.53
23Belarus0.52
24Macau0.51
25Finland0.49
26Croatia0.49
27Japan0.48
28Spain0.46
29Jersey0.41
30Portugal0.41
31United Kingdom0.40
32Hong Kong0.38
33Monaco0.38
34Italy0.37
35France0.36
36Lithuania0.36
37Norway0.35
38Georgia0.35
39Israel0.35
40Switzerland0.33
41Canada0.33
42United States0.30
43Austria0.30
44Kazakhstan0.29
45Iran0.29
46Mexico0.28
47Gibraltar0.26
48New Zealand0.26
49Isle of Man0.24
50Macedonia0.21
51Luxembourg0.20
52Ireland0.19
53Sri Lanka0.19
54Bosnia and Herzegovina0.19
55Dominican Republic0.19
56Montenegro0.18
57Tunisia0.18
58Cyprus0.17
59Guernsey0.17
60Turkey0.16
61Malaysia0.15
62Iceland0.14
63Albania0.14
64Greece0.14
65Bahamas0.13
66Australia0.13
67Liechtenstein0.13
68Morocco0.11
69Kenya0.10
70Malta0.10
71Jamaica0.10
72Egypt0.10
73Puerto Rico0.09
74Vietnam0.09
75Faroe Islands0.08
76South Africa0.08
77Cayman Islands0.08
78Guatemala0.07
79Mongolia0.07
80Armenia0.07
81Azerbaijan0.07
82Philippines0.07
83Indonesia0.07
84Barbados0.06
85Seychelles0.06
86Cambodia0.06
87Virgin Islands, U.S.0.06
88Belize0.06
89Turks and Caicos Islands0.06
90Syria0.06
91Martinique0.06
92India0.06
93Palestine0.05
94Nepal0.05
95Honduras0.05
96China0.05
97Bermuda0.05
98Trinidad and Tobago0.05
99Turkmenistan0.04
100Dominica0.04
101Tajikistan0.04
102Brazil0.04
103Mauritius0.04
104Kuwait0.04
105Colombia0.04
106Nigeria0.04
107Jordan0.04
108Virgin Islands, British0.04
109Greenland0.04
110Saudi Arabia0.04
111El Salvador0.04
112Argentina0.04
113Bangladesh0.04
114Chile0.03
115Algeria0.03
116French Guiana0.03
117Uruguay0.03
118Reunion0.03
119Peru0.03
120Uzbekistan0.03
121Iraq0.03
122Bahrain0.03
123Curaçao0.03
124Saint Lucia0.03
125Myanmar0.03
126New Caledonia0.03
127United Arab Emirates0.03
128Guam0.03
129Qatar0.03
130Guadeloupe0.03
131Mauritania0.02
132Pakistan0.02
133Saint Kitts and Nevis0.02
134Costa Rica0.02
135Fiji0.02
136Mozambique0.02
137Ecuador0.02
138Nicaragua0.02
139Panama0.02
140Cote D’Ivoire0.02
141Ethiopia0.02
142Lebanon0.02
143Maldives0.02
144Afghanistan0.02
145Cape Verde0.02
146Suriname0.02
147Oman0.02
148Venezuela0.02
149Yemen0.01
150Libya0.01
151Zimbabwe0.01
152French Polynesia0.01
153Brunei Darussalam0.01
154Cameroon0.01
155Botswana0.01
156Paraguay0.01
157Tanzania0.01
158Djibouti0.01
159Antigua and Barbuda0.01
160Haiti0.01
161Sudan0.01
162Bolivia0.01
163Benin0.01
164Kyrgyzstan0.01
165Laos0.01
166Guyana0.01
167Angola0.01
168Somalia0.01
169Mali0.01
170Namibia0.00
171Vanuatu0.00
172Gabon0.00
173Papua New Guinea0.00
174Burkina Faso0.00
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