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Hong Kong offer cheapest consumer broadband

Hong Kong offer the best value consumer broadband according to data released by Point Topic. The figures are based on the total cost for the first year of a broadband subscription based on the top 400+ ISPs that Point Topic track around the world. Prices vary widely between different countries with Hong Kong offering the cheapest broadband through a 1Gbps package from broadband provider HKBN, coming in at a cost of $0.028 per Megabit/second. At the opposite end of the scale is Peru with broadband provider Telefonica del Peru offering a Speedy 500 package which works out at $209.29 per Megabit/second.

"Nine of the ten best value tariffs are either pure fibre or hybrid offerings where fibre is a significant part of the local loop. The exception is Germany where Unity Media offer a cable service that is very competitive.

Prices are stabalising in many markets around the world and overall in the last quarter there was an average increase globally. However there are plenty of countries that are still rolling out new networks and ISPs that are announcing new tariffs.

Bandwidth will continue to increase as fibre edges closer to the consumer. Higher speeds generally mean better value for the consumer. All that remains is to work out how best to use it."

Fiona Vanier, (Senior Analyst) Point Topic
Country $/Mbps
Hong Kong 0.028
Japan 0.048
Romania 0.163
Sweden 0.182
Latvia 0.241
China 0.247
Singapore 0.271
Russia 0.353
Germany 0.415
Finland 0.443
Lowest cost per megabit by country, Source: Point Topic

The UK ranked 24th in the stats despite having one of the most competitive broadband markets in the world. This is largely due to us lagging in the adoption of next-generation broadband and faster speeds which tend to bring down the cost per Mbps. In the UK, these faster services are still seen as premium products and tend to demand a premium price.


Now that's interesting. So high speeds equates to lower price per Mb/s.

Hmm. But do you use your Mb/s?

And why does the price drop? Could it be because those services only have limited coverage?

  • AndrueC
  • over 10 years ago

Edit:Meant to write: "But do you use MORE Mb/s". By that I meant that it might be cheaper per Mb/s but if you end up buying more than you need then it might cost more.

  • AndrueC
  • over 10 years ago

$/GB would be an interesting statistic.

  • herdwick
  • over 10 years ago

So, is that headline 1Gbps actually an achievable speed or is it just the tail end bearer? How much contention is there in the network - a 1Gbps bearer may provide low Mbps speeds to the outside world.
As herdwick said, how much per GB? What are the average speeds? Perhaps do cost per Mbps average rather than bearer capacity.

  • ian72
  • over 10 years ago

I would much rather see these statistics in terms of being adjusted for PPP and average achievable speeds.

  • Dixinormous
  • over 10 years ago

So a survey that means little. A bit like the Point Topic survey based on local authority areas.

  • Somerset
  • over 10 years ago

@ ian72 not sure about this particular HK service but one running at 100 Mbps was reported to have a max speed of 40 Mbps for traffic from overseas.

  • NetGuy
  • over 10 years ago

Errr.... that's not forced to be best value, what they mean is the cheapest per headline Mbit/s. Cheapest and best value are often very very different things, especially when it comes to broadband. My Entanet DSL at home was very cheap, but it certainly wasn't good value when it kept breaking every few days/weeks.

  • KarlAustin
  • over 10 years ago

AndrueC, pricing per mbit of burst available is not that unusual, its here we have got over obsessed with usage. Here the current motto is just cheap regardless of what you actually get. So many restrictions, sync speed, severe congestion (VM,O2 access, sky connect), protocol shaping (too many).

  • chrysalis
  • over 10 years ago

do people think their average achievable speed is below 4.5mbit? (the uk average last year).

  • chrysalis
  • over 10 years ago

Agreeing with other comments above, pretty spurious research, needs to show throughput and factor in purchase parity to be useful.

Also availability to % of population has a bearing - not useful if only a select few can get the particular service featured.

  • New_Londoner
  • over 10 years ago

It would be interesting to see the equivalent data for their "entry level" broadband services, which may paint a rather different picture.

  • New_Londoner
  • over 10 years ago

But to be honest it's apparent that Internet Services in the far east are of much better quality.

It's been a well known fact for years.


All majorly ahead in terms of comms.

  • mabibby
  • over 10 years ago

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