The Cost of Broadband

Not so long ago The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ran a survey and compared globally the price of monthly broadband. It is a revealing survey that consolidates the fact that there is no standard cost for a broadband connection. The highest paying broadband customers are Turkish, paying an average of an exorbitant $81.13 for a monthly connection. Japan leads the pack in value, charging users no more than $0.22 for the same monthly service. The UK and United States average around $3.50 for a monthly broadband service. This is concrete and conclusive evidence that the cost of broadband is by no means fixed. Where you live and what sort of provider you have determines exactly how much you will be paying.

Shop around: you may get more for less from some providers with the cheapest broadband deals

The main reason that Japan can offer such low prices is that, like many countries, they have converted to a fiber network. A fiber network is a system using fiber optic cables, increasing speed hugely and enabling users to download at the same speed they browse. Some areas of the UK have already adopted this method, but only offer it to local businesses. Fibre Networks offer a price and speed that cannot be rivaled by standard ADSL services. However, fiber networks are not widely available. Regarding ADLS, the most common form of broadband, Sweden offers the cheapest monthly service at $10.79, and following not far behind are Denmark, Switzerland, and the USA.

It is a fallacy to believe that the more you pay, the better service you will get. In Sweden, you will get as good a service for $11 that you will get in Turkey for $80. Broadband is a product that is valued by its provider, and all of the geographic, technical and often political factors that come into it. Some areas are obviously more difficult for installation than others, and you may even find that in a country that offers a good, cheap service that there may be areas that have connectivity issues, as well as areas that will charge more simply because you live in an area harder to provide for.

These prices are not so much a guide as an illustration of how arbitrary the cost of broadband can be, and how different prices are depending on where one lives. As always, the real emphasis is on research. Browse around for different providers and compare both the service they offer and the price they charge. Take into account 1) What you want from your broadband 2) If it is a good price for your location and 3) Will you get a good, steady connection for the price you are paying.

A good rule of thumb is that you should always try to get a connection speed of at 2 Mbit or more. Otherwise, you may find yourself spending a long time waiting for videos to load when visiting sites like Youtube.com. While you may not expect to watch videos on your connection, more and more websites have begun to integrate videos, and as a result, you will also encounter them on many of the favorite news sites, and in many online manuals and guides.