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Internet Speeds v Prices

Ever looked at your broadband bill and thought — ruddy heck, that’s a bit steep given it takes me 2 hours to download half a GoT episode. Well, us too. We’ve thought that a lot, so we decided to see where in the world gives you the most bang for your buck web-wise. 

 

With our usual combination of meticulous research, pounds of max strength coffee and unshakable sense of purpose, we’ve come up with a definitive list of every country’s average internet speed and average broadband cost — then smushed them together to work out where in the world gives you the best value internet...and the worst.


Internet Speeds v Prices — The Data

Our plan was simple. We used the user-submitted broadband speed averages from each country from speedtest.net and globally gathered broadband price averages from cable.co.uk. Dividing one value by another got us to the magic figure of average £ per Mbps — showing where gets you the most internet for the least moneys. 

You can probably take a guess as to where might have cheap internet and where might have a fast connection. But that magical combination of speed and price? That's something that caught us by surprise... 

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Internet Speeds v Prices — The Results

Eastern Europe has absolutely knocked it out of the park here. Romania takes 1st  (£0.089 / Mbps) with Ukraine in 2nd (£0.094 / Mbps) and Hungary in 3rd (£0.13 / Mbps). In fact, 7 of the top 10 best value countries were either part of the Soviet Union or occupied by it for a time. Madness. 

Elsewhere in the top 10, Israel cements its reputation as a technological powerhouse in 4th place, and high powered economies Singapore and South Korea come in 9th and 10th to round out the top 10.

The rest of the table is largely made up of other East Asian countries and Western European nations — but a special mention must go to Sri Lanka, outperforming all expectations in 11th place. 

Where's the UK, you ask? Down in 44th. Ouch. 

We've also colour coded our graph so you can see where the internet is super speedy but a little more expensive and where it's cheap but slower - and we've got that info below too...


Fastest Countries

If speed is your thing, these are the countries to aim for. No surprises to see Scandinavian and East Asian countries in the top 4, but Romania's 4th placing shows it's not just offering dirt cheap internet — at an average of 124.54 Mbps, you're in for a very speedy connection too. 

Elsewhere, the USA's 6th place (109.48 Mbps) is pretty impressive given just how much land there is to cover — it certainly puts the UK's 33rd place (54.93 Mbps) to shame. To put that into context, average internet speeds in BarbadosMacau and the island of Réunion are faster than ours.  

So if you ever thought your internet could be a little quicker, you'd be right — your friend in Singapore could download 3 episodes of That 70s Show in the time it takes for you to download 1.  

Interesting tidbit: the global average is 42.35 Mbps, so although the UK is ahead of most of the world, we're not that ​far ahead. 

Rank

Country

Average Mbps

1

Singapore

190.94

2

Hong Kong (SAR)

161.39

3

Iceland

156.16

4

Romania

124.54

5

South Korea

119.61

6

United States

109.48

7

Canada

108.75

8

Hungary

108.42

9

Sweden

106.39

10

Switzerland

104.17

11

Spain

102.36

12

Luxembourg

101.17

13

Norway

99.18

14

France

97.94

15

Macau (SAR)

97.79

16

Japan

91.94

17

Denmark

91.07

18

China

89.17

19

Netherlands

88.53

20

Malta

82.86

21

New Zealand

82

22

Portugal

77.48

23

Israel

74.99

24

Belgium

70.69

25

Lithuania

70.46


Prices

Things get seriously interesting in the pricing section. Alongside the now usual suspects from Eastern Europe (Ukraine wins with an average of just £3.83 per month in broadband bills), Sri Lanka isn't far behind in 2nd (£4.33 per month) and, yes, that is Iran in 3rd place with £6.28.

The Middle East makes a very good showing here with Israel and Egypt in 8th and 9th. Central Asia impresses too with Kazakhstan placing 13th (£12.36), Nepal in 14th and Mongolia in 16th, though a glance at the speed table above shows you're not getting much for your (admittedly very little) money. 

Keep scrolling to find the UK, we're way down in 61st with an average cost of £30.32 — though if it's any consolation, at least we're better off than our American cousins in 119th - with an average cost of £51.85 per month, you could get more than a year of internet for that month in the Ukraine

Rank Name Average cost of broadband (Per month)
1 Ukraine £3.83
2 Sri Lanka £4.33
3 Iran £6.28
4 Russian Federation £7.48
5 Belarus £8.01
6 Moldova £8.64
7 Syria £9.96
8 Israel £9.97
9 Egypt £10.40
10 Romania £11.05
11 Argentina £11.88
12 Turkey £12.23
13 Kazakhstan £12.36
14 Nepal £12.62
15 Lithuania £12.90
16 Mongolia £13.77
17 Poland £14.00
18 Hungary £14.07
19 Latvia £14.31
20 Georgia £14.32
21 Serbia £14.74
22 Venezuela £15.34
23 Uzbekistan £16.29
24 Slovakia £16.56
25 Yemen £16.98

The full data

 

Fancy diving into the full dataset? Be our guest, it's right here.


So what does this mean?


In short, if you want top speed — head to East Asia, North America or Western Europe. If you're after the cheapest possible price, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia are your best bets. And for a delicious combination of the two, to get the most Mbps for the fewest £s, start from Hungary and head East. You won't go far wrong.

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