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Cheapest internet in the world: 2021 country ranking

The countries with the cheapest internet in the world have been ranked for 2021. Read our insights from the study and browse the latest data

15th December 2020

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 3,288 fixed-line broadband deals across 211 countries and territories between 29 October 2020 and 9 December 2020. It is the fourth 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.

10 countries with the cheapest internet

  1. Ukraine
  2. Syria
  3. Russia
  4. Bhutan
  5. Sri Lanka
  6. Iran
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Moldova
  9. Belarus
  10. Romania

“For the first time since taking these yearly measurements, the average cost of a broadband package globally hasn’t fallen. Whether or not this is related to the pandemic and other, destabilising global events is a matter for further study, however. We have also seen a substantial number of countries upgrading their infrastructure in the last 12 months, with available speeds of 1Gbps becoming increasingly common.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

10 countries with the most expensive internet

  1. Eritrea
  2. Mauritania
  3. Comoros
  4. Burundi
  5. Macau
  6. Ghana
  7. Samoa
  8. British Virgin Is.
  9. Cayman Is.
  10. Turkmenistan
Map of the countries with the cheapest internet in the world
Cable The countries with the cheapest internet in the world

Key headlines

  • For the first time since studies began, the average price of a broadband package hasn’t fallen in the past 12 months.
  • Ukraine has the cheapest internet in the world with an average monthly cost of $6.41 per month.
  • Eritrea has the most expensive internet in the world with an average monthly price of $2,666.24 per month.
  • Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are the most expensive overall with 37 countries in the region sitting in the most expensive half of the table.
  • Of the 15 independent states that were once Soviet Republics, five are among the 10 cheapest countries: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Belarus.
  • The US, in 131st place with an average monthly cost of $59.99, is one of the most expensive western nations.

Region by region

We’ve broken the ranking by continent so it’s possible to compare countries to regional providers. The complete data set from Cable’s broadband price comparison, along with various graphics and interactive tools, can be accessed here.

Cheapest internet in Europe

  1. Ukraine (1)
  2. Russia (3)
  3. Moldova (8)
  4. Belarus (9)
  5. Romania (10)
  6. Georgia (15)
  7. Bulgaria (17)
  8. Lithuania (19)
  9. Armenia (21)
  10. Hungary (22)

cheapest internet in Asia

  1. Bhutan (4)
  2. Sri Lanka (5)
  3. Iran (6)
  4. Kazakhstan (7)
  5. Mongolia (11)
  6. Vietnam (12)
  7. China (16)
  8. Nepal (18)
  9. India (20)
  10. Kyrgyzstan (23)
Bhutan has the cheapest internet in Asia
S_jakkarin/Shutterstock Bhutan has the cheapest internet in Asia

Cheapest internet in the Americas

  1. Argentina (32)
  2. Colombia (41)
  3. Saint Martin (42)
  4. Brazil (43)
  5. Dominican Republic (44)
  6. Suriname (50)
  7. Mexico (52)
  8. Chile (66)
  9. Paraguay (68)
  10. El Salvador (72)

cheapest internet in Africa

  1. Tunisia (14)
  2. Egypt (28)
  3. Somalia (30)
  4. Algeria (34)
  5. Réunion (56)
  6. Morocco (62)
  7. Cape Verde (76)
  8. Niger (78)
  9. Senegal (82)
  10. Mayotte (84)

Cheapest internet in the Middle East

  1. Syria (2)
  2. Turkey (13)
  3. Israel (40)
  4. Palestine Territories (49)
  5. Yemen (75)
  6. Iraq (81)
  7. Jordan (98)
  8. Cyprus (105)
  9. Lebanon (109)
  10. Bahrain (137)

“The countries with slow, patchy broadband infrastructure that supplies only a fraction of the population tend to be the most expensive, and their growth in terms of available speeds either slow or non-existent.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

COMPLETE RANKINGS

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 data.

RankNamePer packagePer MB
1Ukraine$6.41$0.05
2Syria$6.69$3.15
3Russia$7.50$0.10
4Bhutan$8.71$4.35
5Sri Lanka$9.58$1.68
6Iran$9.60$5.46
7Kazakhstan$9.76$0.69
8Moldova$9.95$0.18
9Belarus$10.11$1.14
10Romania$10.59$0.02
11Mongolia$11.13$2.97
12Vietnam$11.27$0.17
13Turkey$11.48$0.36
14Tunisia$11.65$0.75
15Georgia$12.20$1.36
16China$12.26$0.25
17Bulgaria$12.69$0.19
18Nepal$13.15$0.35
19Lithuania$13.35$0.20
20India$13.58$0.39
21Armenia$14.58$0.66
22Hungary$15.45$0.05
23Kyrgyzstan$15.47$3.48
24Uzbekistan$16.50$0.82
25Poland$16.66$0.04
26Azerbaijan$16.76$7.93
27Latvia$16.99$0.11
28Egypt$17.83$3.97
29Serbia$18.24$0.24
30Somalia$19.15$21.53
31Slovakia$19.30$0.22
32Argentina$19.49$0.63
33Tajikistan$19.76$8.47
34Algeria$19.87$3.50
35Pakistan$20.43$1.70
36Bosnia & Herz.$21.67$1.86
37Thailand$23.30$0.12
38Taiwan$23.67$0.28
39Czechia$24.49$0.36
40Israel$24.61$0.52
41Colombia$24.63$1.14
42St Martin$24.66$0.03
43Brazil$24.79$0.94
44Dom. Rep.$26.78$2.84
45Croatia$27.21$0.46
46Myanmar$27.33$1.50
47Montenegro$27.85$0.57
48Afghanistan$28.15$70.45
49Palestine$28.29$1.71
50Suriname$28.61$2.86
51Albania$28.99$0.56
52Mexico$29.01$0.27
53Indonesia$29.06$0.56
54North Macedonia$29.79$0.35
55Estonia$30.34$0.62
56Réunion$30.99$0.04
57South Korea$31.15$0.17
58Bangladesh$31.34$1.28
59Malaysia$31.85$0.24
60France$32.16$0.48
61Italy$32.73$0.31
62Morocco$32.74$1.72
63Cambodia$33.17$2.19
64Portugal$33.31$0.13
65Singapore$33.43$0.04
66Chile$33.55$0.26
67UK$34.78$1.06
68Paraguay$35.57$0.53
69Malta$35.59$0.12
70Slovenia$36.41$0.66
71Monaco$37.61$0.30
72El Salvador$38.00$2.80
73Uruguay$38.59$0.48
74Greece$38.72$0.82
75Yemen$39.34$6.49
76Cape Verde$39.82$3.27
77Peru$39.87$0.27
78Niger$40.00$216.37
79Ecuador$40.38$1.04
80Guatemala$40.85$10.92
81Iraq$41.08$1.39
82Senegal$41.36$2.76
83Germany$41.46$0.42
84Mayotte$41.81$2.52
85Costa Rica$42.43$1.45
86New Caledonia$42.45$0.40
87Spain$43.43$0.20
88Finland$43.57$0.27
89Grenada$44.40$2.85
90St Vin. & Gren.$44.40$0.89
91Hong Kong$44.46$0.05
92Gibraltar$44.72$0.51
93Kenya$45.28$2.37
94Austria$45.59$0.49
95Zimbabwe$45.80$1.53
96Bolivia$45.96$2.06
97Jamaica$46.06$3.99
98Jordan$46.40$0.41
99Puerto Rico$46.49$2.61
100Fiji$48.07$68.48
101Åland Is.$48.31$2.79
102Japan$48.37$0.82
103Sweden$48.40$0.12
104Ireland$48.55$0.33
105Cyprus$48.70$1.01
106St. Pierre & Miquelon$48.85$12.22
107Papua New Guinea$48.95$25.18
108St Lucia$49.95$1.09
109Lebanon$50.03$5.98
110Mauritius$50.59$1.01
111Dominica$51.43$1.81
112Denmark$52.02$0.79
113St. Barts$52.17$0.56
114The Netherlands$52.47$0.45
115Nicaragua$52.50$4.35
116Angola$52.68$8.63
117San Marino$53.40$0.30
118Laos$53.41$4.70
119Philippines$53.71$0.75
120Guyana$53.79$8.58
121Belgium$54.53$1.04
122Togo$54.62$1.59
123Andorra$55.83$0.13
124Honduras$57.50$1.38
125Martinique$57.53$0.16
126Belize$57.58$3.03
127Luxembourg$57.80$0.70
128Australia$59.25$1.88
129French Guiana$59.45$0.31
130Guadeloupe$59.93$0.84
131USA$59.99$0.20
132South Africa$60.06$1.99
133Isle of Man$60.17$0.96
134New Zealand$62.94$0.56
135Madagascar$63.01$0.63
136Panama$66.05$0.14
137Bahrain$66.37$2.39
138Aruba$66.95$0.44
139Trinidad & Tobago$67.54$0.42
140Bahamas$67.78$1.54
141Iceland$68.68$0.46
142St Helena$69.21$45.06
143Switzerland$69.37$1.74
144Seychelles$70.56$12.21
145Libya$70.67$20.12
146Montserrat$71.04$35.52
147Côte d'Ivoire$72.01$17.25
148Ethiopia$73.21$6.65
149Cameroon$73.67$25.44
150Sao Tome & Prencipe$74.00$12.33
151Liechtenstein$74.52$1.05
152Guernsey$74.91$1.27
153Marshall Is.$75.78$148.01
154Canada$76.14$0.94
155Kuwait$77.98$2.83
156Norway$79.16$0.30
157Maldives$80.01$3.50
158Faroe Is.$80.60$2.55
159St Kitts & Nevis$81.82$1.57
160Burkina Faso$81.96$10.80
161Cocos Is.$81.98$3.28
162Guam$82.88$2.88
163Gabon$83.09$8.07
164Zambia$83.35$8.81
165Dutch Caribbean$83.89$3.62
166Eswatini$85.70$83.69
167US Virgin Is.$85.97$2.96
168Nigeria$88.58$4.08
169Palau$89.98$6.00
170Oman$91.04$0.59
171Botswana$94.28$14.84
172Djibouti$94.62$21.16
173Curaçao$95.11$3.33
174Jersey$97.27$0.13
175Cook Is.$98.30$12.63
176Anguilla$99.54$3.40
177Micronesia$105.00$52.83
178Namibia$105.60$4.86
179Barbados$106.56$0.49
180Saudi Arabia$107.27$0.77
181Timor-Leste$107.33$14.91
182French Polynesia$109.57$3.76
183Turks & Caicos Is.$111.00$3.20
184UAE$111.20$42.06
185Mozambique$111.86$20.22
186Sint Maarten$115.00$6.56
187Mali$115.40$11.49
188Qatar$116.73$0.57
189Haiti$123.75$9.28
190Tanzania$127.29$35.81
191Liberia$129.00$18.54
192Bermuda$129.00$6.37
193Antigua & Barbuda$129.14$4.74
194Lesotho$129.91$14.91
195American Samoa$130.00$22.20
196Greenland$130.29$11.40
197Brunei Dar.$137.62$2.90
198Christmas Island$148.30$13.42
199Falkland Is.$149.38$41.96
200Equatorial Guinea$156.79$163.66
201Vanuatu$160.13$80.06
202Turkmenistan$164.48$128.50
203Cayman Is.$170.03$3.54
204British Virgin Is.$179.00$1.29
205Samoa$192.84$1.93
206Ghana$254.35$23.03
207Macau$307.74$0.03
208Burundi$370.00$100.46
209Comoros$414.01$152.17
210Mauritania$712.46$125.57
211Eritrea$2,666.24$1,590.75

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