Countries with the cheapest internet in the world – ranked

By Suzanne Lai
February 23, 2019

The countries with the cheapest internet in the world have been ranked. Read our insights from the study and browse the rankings below.

If you’re one of the millions of people working in a remote job or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then internet speed and the cost of connecting is likely to be one of the most important factors in your choice of destination.

Internet comparison site Cable (with assistance from consultancy firm BVA BDRC) has ranked the countries with the cheapest internet in the world based on fixed-line broadband packages.

The data was collected from 3,303 fixed-line broadband deals across 195 countries and territories between 15th August and 20th September 2018. It is the second year of the ranking.

A number of internet packages in each country were assessed before finding the average cost of a monthly internet package. All prices have been converted from local currency to USD.

Key headlines

  • The global average price of a monthly broadband package is $72.92 having dropped $0.12 from 2017.
  • Ukraine has the cheapest internet in the world with an average monthly cost of $5.00 per month.
  • Mauritania has the most expensive internet in the world with an average cost of $768.16 per month.
  • Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are the most expensive overall with all but four of the 31 countries in the most expensive half of the ranking.
  • The US is one of the most expensive western nations: in 120th place with an average monthly cost of $67.69.
  • The five countries with the cheapest internet in the world are Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Iran, Russia and Belarus.
  • The five most expensive are Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Laos and Paraguay.

Region by region

In western Europe, Italy, France, Germany, Monaco and the UK are the countries with the cheapest internet. Notably, of the 29 qualifying countries in western Europe, none made it into the top or bottom 10% of the table.

Eastern Europe is a different story. All countries in the region fall into the top 50 countries with the cheapest internet. Additionally, four of the cheapest are found in former USSR (Commonwealth of Independent States / CIS) countries including Russia itself.

Sri Lanka has the cheapest broadband in Asia (as well as second-cheapest globally) with an average package price of $5.65 per month, followed by Iran ($8.20) and Nepal ($16.47). The Maldives ($81.55), Brunei Darussalam ($123.29) and Laos ($239.25) are the most expensive in Asia.

In North America, Canada has the cheapest average broadband ($57.66), ranking 22 places above the US ($67.69). Bermuda has the most expensive internet in the region at $124.36 per month.

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The countries with the cheapest internet in the world (Cable)

Mexico is the country with the cheapest internet in Central America, with an average monthly broadband package of $33.32. Panama is the most expensive with $108.38 per month.

All but one of South America’s 10 qualifying countries feature in the top 100 countries with the cheapest internet. Most notable of these is Argentina, coming in 11th cheapest. Only Paraguay, in 191st place (fifth last), with an average package price of $210.83 bucks the region’s trend.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the most expensive region in the world with almost all of the region’s states in the most expensive half of the table. Réunion is the cheapest in the region, coming in 48th overall with an average package price of $35.45.

Finally, in the Middle East, war-torn Syria came in cheapest with an average monthly price of $13.00, ranked seventh overall. Saudi Arabia ($95.72), Bahrain ($96.29), Qatar ($140.58), Oman ($150.63) and the UAE ($157.10) provide the most expensive connectivity in the region.

Countries with the cheapest internet

Sort the table below to view the countries with the cheapest internet ranked by the average price of a monthly broadband package or by the average price per megabyte (MB). Some countries and territories have been omitted due to insufficient sample sizes.

RankCountryAve. price
per package
Ave. price
per MB
1Ukraine$5.00$0.04
2Sri Lanka$5.65$0.49
3Iran$8.20$2.89
4Russia$9.77$0.32
5Belarus$10.46$0.75
6Moldova$11.28$0.27
7Syria$13.00$4.30
8Israel$13.02$0.42
9Egypt$13.58$4.48
10Romania$14.42$0.66
11Argentina$15.51$1.29
12Turkey$15.96$0.47
13Kazakhstan$16.14$11.23
14Nepal$16.47$1.37
15Lithuania$16.84$0.09
16Mongolia$17.97$3.87
17Poland$18.27$0.11
18Hungary$18.37$0.25
19Latvia$18.68$0.31
20Georgia$18.70$2.06
21Serbia$19.24$1.09
22Venezuela$20.03$7.64
23Uzbekistan$21.26$4.56
24Slovakia$21.62$0.88
25Yemen$22.17$20.24
26Saint Martin (France)$23.78$3.08
27Tunisia$24.28$1.52
28Pakistan$24.87$3.03
29Thailand$25.58$0.33
30Czech Republic$25.94$0.57
31Taiwan$26.39$0.92
32Croatia$26.74$1.02
33Estonia$27.63$0.50
34India$28.23$0.60
35Tajikistan$29.16$34.68
36Italy$29.48$3.52
37Macedonia$29.50$0.87
38Dominican Republic$29.66$15.46
39Bulgaria$30.27$0.19
40France$31.14$0.54
41Slovenia$31.72$2.01
42Palestinian Territories$31.79$1.76
43South Korea$32.29$0.21
44Albania$33.17$1.35
45Mexico$33.32$1.61
46Algeria$33.51$7.57
47Montenegro$33.87$1.17
48Réunion$35.45$0.34
49Bosnia & Herzegovina$35.47$3.44
50Sudan$35.86$11.13
51Bangladesh$36.33$5.86
52Saint Barthélemy$36.62$3.10
53Germany$36.68$0.67
54Azerbaijan$36.97$8.11
55Monaco$37.00$0.17
56Japan$37.15$1.81
57Myanmar$37.56$10.00
58Lebanon$37.60$18.29
59French Guiana$39.15$3.78
60El Salvador$39.32$4.49
61United Kingdom$39.58$1.19
62Guatemala$41.27$12.21
63China$41.29$0.42
64Spain$42.38$0.66
65Mayotte$43.16$11.12
66Martinique$43.50$3.56
67Macau$43.72$1.62
68Colombia$44.81$2.02
69Chile$45.50$0.53
70Belgium$45.68$0.86
71Peru$45.94$2.76
72Sint Maarten$46.08$7.74
73Uruguay$46.50$3.78
74Armenia$46.79$6.59
75Bolivia$47.83$9.19
76Malaysia$47.92$3.06
77Brazil$48.00$2.18
78Singapore$50.43$0.03
79Austria$50.70$0.77
80Denmark$51.11$0.83
81Iraq$51.95$1.90
82Finland$52.23$0.41
83Morocco$52.74$2.27
84Australia$52.77$1.80
85Afghanistan$52.78$34.68
86Andorra$52.80$4.86
87Cyprus$53.01$2.87
88Philippines$53.14$3.29
89Malta$53.70$0.91
90Gibraltar$54.07$0.90
91Kuwait$54.60$4.76
92Indonesia$54.85$0.91
93South Africa$55.25$3.49
94Sweden$55.99$0.40
95San Marino$56.17$0.51
96Falkland Islands$57.48$24.02
97Canada$57.66$2.03
98Greece$58.22$0.86
99Jersey$58.22$0.12
100Belize$58.58$5.65
101Cameroon$58.75$43.97
102New Zealand$58.77$0.55
103Netherlands$59.23$0.83
104Guadeloupe$60.23$2.49
105Grenada$60.37$2.67
106Trinidad & Tobago$60.77$3.33
107Portugal$61.15$0.71
108Cambodia$62.29$19.41
109Ecuador$62.45$2.61
110Jamaica$62.57$4.89
111Guernsey$62.68$1.79
112Puerto Rico$63.45$7.87
113Nicaragua$63.84$9.97
114Mauritius$64.06$2.09
115Fiji$64.49$66.89
116Ireland$65.12$0.40
117Åland Islands$65.28$2.00
118Madagascar$66.64$1.43
119United States$67.69$1.26
120Isle of Man$68.07$0.93
121Honduras$68.50$7.28
122Swaziland$68.78$52.46
123Mozambique$69.11$20.19
124Vietnam$69.63$2.67
125Liechtenstein$70.52$2.38
126Saint Lucia$71.02$5.32
127Luxembourg$71.15$1.06
128Dominica$71.43$15.95
129Hong Kong$72.68$0.40
130Bahamas$72.77$5.74
131Costa Rica$73.51$3.65
132Côte d'Ivoire$73.87$12.88
133Norway$73.92$2.50
134St. Pierre & Miquelon$74.22$10.90
135St. Kitts & Nevis$74.71$5.84
136Kenya$75.18$2.42
137Montserrat$76.09$20.65
138Turkmenistan$76.15$117.73
139Iceland$76.66$0.63
140Jordan$77.45$1.21
141New Caledonia$77.71$3.99
142Faroe Islands$78.58$1.58
143Switzerland$80.00$3.02
144Curaçao$80.23$2.84
145Saint Helena$80.26$46.37
146Maldives$81.55$4.51
147Angola$82.43$13.14
148Benin$83.94$77.45
149Nigeria$84.16$7.17
150French Polynesia$85.63$28.62
151Virgin Islands (U.S.)$88.01$5.32
152Guam$89.71$3.63
153Botswana$91.64$25.14
154Saudi Arabia$95.72$2.16
155Bahrain$96.29$6.79
156Djibouti$97.41$21.16
157Marshall Islands$97.45$149.77
158Anguilla$100.07$4.75
159Gabon$103.59$19.63
160Micronesia$103.60$35.32
161American Samoa$103.69$88.59
162Kyrgyzstan$108.22$29.48
163Panama$108.38$0.40
164Lesotho$108.49$63.88
165Caribbean Netherlands$110.12$11.62
166Barbados$111.86$0.49
167Comoros$114.34$68.34
168Somalia$117.50$250.43
169Niger$118.80$263.15
170Turks & Caicos Is.$119.21$5.41
171Seychelles$122.63$65.97
172Guyana$123.11$40.09
173Brunei Darussalam$123.29$2.52
174Greenland$123.80$33.52
175Bermuda$124.36$13.04
176Ethiopia$125.19$31.39
177Zimbabwe$128.71$6.89
178Sierra Leone$135.62$60.24
179Vanuatu$138.54$74.73
180Qatar$140.58$14.05
181Virgin Islands (UK)$141.17$4.52
182Oman$150.63$3.94
183UAE$157.10$16.50
184Cayman Islands$158.69$6.33
185Mali$160.53$48.45
186Cook Islands$171.34$20.47
187Antigua & Barbuda$177.15$4.79
188Tanzania$181.80$52.33
189Burkina Faso$201.94$39.45
190Haiti$207.39$10.53
191Paraguay$210.83$20.16
192Laos$239.25$13.91
193Namibia$383.83$17.79
194Papua New Guinea$571.67$81.25
195Mauritania$768.16$127.15
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