How much are you paying for your internet connection ?

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 17, 2007
Updated • May 9, 2012

After reading the BBC report about broadband prices in 30 of the most developed countries I was wondering how much you actually paid for your connection to the Internet. The BBC article unfortunately revealed only marginal information and not the complete list of prices in all of the countries the study was conducted in.

The result was that the cheapest megabit per second connection was available in Japan with $0.22 for every megabit, while it cost $3.18 in the United States and $81.13 in Turkey. Japan and the Scandinavian countries have in large regions access to 100 Mbit fibre networks, while the rest of the world relies mainly on cable and dsl for broadband access.

My broadband connection has a speed of 16 Mbit / 1 Mbit and I pay roughly $68 for it including phone and phone flatrate. I would of course prefer to subscribe to a 100 Mbit line but those are unfortunately not available right now. So, how much do you pay for your internet connection and how fast - or slow - is it ?

Almost five years have passed since the article was published, and situations should have changed considerably in many locations throughout the world. My connection for instance improved to 50 Mbit / 10 Mbit for the same price and extras, which is not to shabby. While I would still love to get my hands on a 100 Mbit or faster Internet connection, I can't see this happen anytime soon in the country that I'm living in.


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  1. Julian said on October 4, 2009 at 1:45 am

    In Japan I am paying 3000 yen / month (approx $US 30) for a cable connection, although the fiber companies keep coming and asking for me to switch!! I have unlimited data and no speed caps. Theoretical speeds are 30M down / 10M up. Speed tests sometimes come close to those limits.

  2. Ulisses said on July 20, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    São Paulo, Brazil

    $50/month for a little 1Mbit/128k
    with 20GB download limit.

    very sad :(

  3. Alessio said on July 18, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Italy (Rome-East)
    56k (average 3KB/sec) for 12€/month (but requires a 14.5€ per month phone line)
    with no dl/ul limits but no warranty too(there are 8KB/sec avalaible every 12 subscriptors)

  4. Chris said on July 18, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    $20 for 128kbps – CHEAP!?

    That seems expensive to me… my speed is almost 200 times quicker than yours but it doesn’t cost 200 X the price!!!


  5. Jitender said on July 18, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    I pay about $20/month for unlimited use for a 128 kbps connection.Everything is cheap in New Delhi,India.

  6. BioBoi said on July 18, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Canada, using Bell (DSL)
    5Mbit down / 2Mbit down
    $50 CDN / month (about $50 USD)

  7. em said on July 18, 2007 at 11:50 am

    California. broadband. a bit over US$20/month for ~120kbps download (unknown upload). to save $10/month, have considered going back to ~33 (aka 56k) dialup, but I’d need to add cost of a second phone line (~$15/mo), and this broadband is bundled with phone, so it’s better deal (plus i no longer bother to kill images as much as i used to when browsing thru dialup and 650MB torrents would be “impossibly slow” at 33k)

  8. MB1618 said on July 18, 2007 at 10:08 am


    36 € Euros

    3 Mbps / 384 Kb Cable no Limits (My Provider)

    Plus you get free E-Mail accounts + 10MB or more web space

    you can go cheper here

    fibre networks are currently being deployed – right now in my street

    others: 2 Slovenian major providers

    ADSL, ADSL2+, VDSL2 or optics


    256 kbit/s / 128 kbit/s 18,00 €
    1Mbit/s / 256 kbit/s 26,00 €
    2 Mbit/s / 384 kbit/s 32,00 €
    10 Mbit/s /768 kbit/s 44,00 €
    40 Mbit/s / 20 Mbit/s 118,00 €

    SiOL TV 20,00 EUR first 4 mounths free

    Plus you get free E-Mail accounts + 10MB or more web space

    T2 1 Mbps / 256 Kbps 14 €
    1 Mbps / 1 Mbps 16 €
    2 Mbps / 2 Mbps 23 €
    4 Mbps / 512 Kbps 22 €
    4 Mbps / 1 Mbps 25 €
    8 Mbps / 1 Mbps 27 €
    5 Mbps / 5 Mbps 29 €
    10 Mbps / 1 Mbps 31 €
    10 Mbps / 2 Mbps 35 €
    10 Mbps / 4 Mbps 43 €
    10 Mbps / 10 Mbps 52 €
    20 Mbps / 1 Mbps 43 €
    20 Mbps / 4 Mbps 56 €
    20 Mbps / 10 Mbps 68 €
    40 Mbps / 8 Mbps 98 €
    40 Mbps / 15 Mbps 114 €
    60 Mbps / 25 Mbps 124 €

    T2 TV 22-16 EUR

    Plus you get free E-Mail accounts + 10MB or more web space

  9. Evan said on July 18, 2007 at 4:19 am

    United States, Ohio
    Cable Modem (Time Warner Northeast Ohio)
    850KB (Kilo BYTES) per second download
    60KB per second upload

    No limits

    $40.00/Month in addition to basic cable-TV rates.

  10. flim said on July 17, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Slovak Republic
    8 Mbps down / 4 Mbps up
    no limits but “fair user policy” if down+up > 10 GB per 2 days, speed is capped to 256 kbps / 256 kbps
    € 16 / month

  11. Roel said on July 17, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    The Netherlands, 20Mbps/1Mbps
    No limits, free router
    €23,95 /month

    The same service with phone is €34,90 /month
    at night and weekend free phone calls, otherwise you pay €0.025 /minute.

  12. Chris said on July 17, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Montreal, Canada
    7 Mbps / 820 Kbps
    20 GB per month download, 10 GB per month upload.

    Not too bad…

  13. Jan-Helge said on July 17, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    Here in Norway I get ADSL 4000kbit/400kbit for 379NKR, that’s in the region of $60. No traffic limitations.

  14. gnome said on July 17, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Well, I’m paying roughly 30euros/month for something less than 1mbps… Greece…

  15. splintr said on July 17, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    in russia:
    8 cents = 1 megabite

  16. aziz said on July 17, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    I am in Algeria, and i’ve a connexion about 128 kbit/ 128 kbit ,no phone ,no vod ,no mail ,no site ,for appr 13 £/m .loooool

  17. Chris said on July 17, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    no limits, but there is a fair use policy, and your speed gets capped to 5mbps if you download more than 3Gb between 6pm-10pm!!!

    (hold on sir, im ready for you…)


  18. Chris said on July 17, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    seems im not fairly subscribed either – £37/$74 month (not including the £15/$30 phone line!!! UK we’re being screwed again… hold on let me pull my pants down.)

    20Mbps Down 768Kbps Up


    Chris :D

  19. None said on July 17, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Attention, Security Tip:

    It seems that you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    I recommend Firefox instead of Internet Explorer for faster surfing and increased security. Firefox is free and considered by experts to be the best browser available.


    I am using firefox. *rolls eyes*

  20. Manjerico said on July 17, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    Here in Portugal with “Sapo ADSL” I’m paying 38€ for an 8mbit/512kbit internet connection, plus 15€ phone flat rate.

    Unlimited time, unlimited national downloads and 30GB of out-country downloads…

    There are other options, via cable or other ADSL providers, but prices doesn’t change much.

  21. Roman ShaRP said on July 17, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Here, in Ukraine, broadband possibilities are limited, and prices are quite high.

    I don’t have broadband at home, and connected via 56K modem, on unlimited callback “home” plan. About $24 per month + $2 phone flat rate. There are cheaper plans, but they are time- or traffic-limited, what I hate, like every internet man.

    State telecommunication provider “Ukrtelecom” announces following prices for ADSL: 128/32k – $16, 256/64k – $20, 512/128k – $30 One-time installation fee – about $50. In some places people had more speed for less pay, but it is not common.

    Average oficial salary in Ukraine is about $200 per month.

  22. Robert W said on July 17, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    I am in Tasmania, Australia. I am near the capital city of Hobart and can theoretically get the same speeds as the centre of our capital city’s CBD. I don’t get these speeds due to cost. It is costing me about $44 USD monthly for a 512/128Kbs connection with a 30GB download quota. I do not combine my phone/mobile etc. Welcome to regional southern hemisphere…

  23. Maxim said on July 17, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    ADSL, approx. 7 Mbit down / 512 Kbit up. I pay $0,1 per 1 MB of received traffic, this is not an unlimited connection. Unlimited rate plans are also available but not faster than 256 Kbit/s – that’s too slow for me.

    It’s Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia.

  24. Kostas said on July 17, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Here in France, fibre networks are currently being deployed.

    In the meantime we’re enjoying ADSL2+ services at 30 EUR/month (~ 40 USD) including:

    – 28 Mbps/1 Mbps (wifi router supplied)
    – free phone calls to 50 countries (+SIP)
    – answering machine (wav -> email notification)
    – fax number (PDF send/receive in email)
    – 100+ TV channels (on TV or computer)
    – digital VCR
    – mediacenter

    It’s pretty good, save for the 1Mbps upload… :-)

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