Ranked: countries with the cheapest internet in the world 2023

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11th October 2023
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The countries with the cheapest internet in the world have been ranked for 2023. Read our insights from the study and browse the latest data

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 are likely to be the most important factors in your choice of destination.

Internet comparison site Cable has updated its latest ranking of the countries with the cheapest internet in the world based on fixed-line broadband packages.

The data was collected from 3,703 fixed-line broadband deals across 219 countries and territories between 2 January and 1 March 2023. It is the sixth 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.

A colour-coded map of the countries with the cheapest internet in the world
Cable Mapped: countries with the cheapest internet in the world

10 countries with the cheapest internet

In 2023, Sudan has the world’s cheapest internet with an average monthly cost of just $2.30 per month. This is partly due to a collapse in the value of the Sudanese Pound against the American Dollar even though the country is witnessing an unprecedented rise in food prices.

  1. Sudan
  2. Kazakhstan
  3. Moldova
  4. Belarus
  5. Romania
  6. Ukraine
  7. Iran
  8. Nepal
  9. Egypt
  10. India
Khartoum in Sudan at sunset
Feroze Edassery/Shutterstock Sudan has the world’s cheapest internet

“It is not altogether too surprising that the most advanced, developed nations tend to have some of the most expensive broadband. After all, earnings are higher, and investment and rollout of new technologies tends to be ahead of the curve.”

– Dan Howdle, Cable

10 countries with the most expensive internet

Burundi has the world’s most expensive internet with an average package price of $383.79 per month.

  1. Burundi
  2. Suriname
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Turks & Caicos
  5. DR Congo
  6. Guinea
  7. Solomon Islands
  8. Samoa
  9. Mozambique
  10. Seychelles

Key headlines

  • Sudan has the cheapest internet in the world with an average monthly cost of $2.30 per month.
  • Burundi has the most expensive internet in the world with an average monthly price of $383.79 per month.
  • As such, African countries have the world’s cheapest and most expensive internet.
  • Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are the most expensive overall with the majority of the region’s countries sitting in the most expensive half of the table.
  • Of the 12 independent states that were once Soviet Republics, only Turkmenistan is not in the top 50 cheapest.
  • The US, in 135th place with an average monthly cost of $59.99, is one of the most expensive Western nations.
  • The UK is ranked 75th cheapest overall with an average monthly cost of $34.20.
  • In Europe, the UK was ranked the 27th cheapest.
  • Norway has Europe’s most expensive internet at $87.36.

Oslo's downtown reflected in the water
William Perugini/Shutterstock Norway has Europe’s most expensive internet

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. Moldova (3)
  2. Belarus (4)
  3. Romania (5)
  4. Ukraine (6)
  5. Azerbaijan (14)
  6. Bulgaria (16)
  7. Kosovo (17)
  8. Georgia (19)
  9. Serbia (23)
  10. Latvia (24)
An aerial view of Chisinau in Moldova – Europe's cheapest country for internet
Moldova has the cheapest internet in Europe
Calin Stan/Shutterstock

Cheapest internet in Asia

  1. Kazakhstan (2)
  2. Iran (7)
  3. Nepal (8)
  4. India (10)
  5. Kyrgyzstan (11)
  6. Vietnam (12)
  7. Mongolia (13)
  8. Sri Lanka (15)
  9. Pakistan (22)
  10. Uzbekistan (25)

Cheapest internet in the Americas

  1. Colombia (20)
  2. Argentina (30)
  3. Paraguay (39)
  4. Brazil (43)
  5. Chile (54)
  6. Peru (56)
  7. Venezuela (65)
  8. Cuba (66)
  9. Mexico (68)
  10. Ecuador (78)
View of Cartagena in Colombia, showing its old and new areas
sunsinger/Shutterstock Colombia has the cheapest internet in the Americas

“It is interesting that the cheapest broadband in the world tends to be in Eastern Europe and CIS [former USSR] nations. These countries tend to have some of the most advanced infrastructure (high % full fibre FTTP coverage), and are somehow able to offer it to users at very low prices.”

– Dan Howdle, Cable

Cheapest internet in Africa

  1. Sudan (1)
  2. Egypt (9)
  3. Tunisia (21)
  4. Congo (28)
  5. Libya (36)
  6. Eswatini (40)
  7. Algeria (42)
  8. Liberia (50)
  9. Ethiopia (60)
  10. Mayotte (62)

“In a way it obliterates the notion that regions such as Western Europe and North America pay more because of the cost of rolling out new technologies, and actually points more readily to the idea that people in these countries are made to pay more simply because they can be.”

– Dan Howdle, Cable

Cheapest internet in the Middle East

  1. Turkey (18)
  2. Lebanon (35)
  3. Syria (53)
  4. Israel (58)
  5. Palestine (67)
  6. Iraq (74)
  7. Jordan (96)
  8. Cyprus (97)
  9. Yemen (112)
  10. Kuwait (125)
Istanbul in Turkey – the Middle East cheapest country for internet
Nick N A/Shutterstock Turkey has the cheapest internet in the Middle East

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COMPLETE RANKINGS

The table below ranks countries by their cheapest monthly available broadband package. Some countries and territories have been omitted due to insufficient data.

RankNamePer package (USD)
1Sudan2.30
2Kazakhstan5.11
3Moldova7.03
4Belarus7.34
5Romania7.57
6Ukraine7.87
7Iran9.35
8Nepal9.46
9Egypt9.67
10India10.11
11Kyrgyzstan10.27
12Vietnam10.99
13Mongolia11.68
14Azerbaijan11.76
15Sri Lanka11.95
16Bulgaria12.71
17Kosovo12.76
18Turkey13.17
19Georgia13.49
20Colombia14.38
21Tunisia14.53
22Pakistan14.86
23Serbia15.11
24Latvia15.44
25Uzbekistan15.48
26Bangladesh15.74
27Slovakia16.42
28Congo16.82
29Armenia16.84
30Argentina16.84
31Hungary17.24
32Poland17.59
33Albania17.81
34Thailand18.45
35Lebanon18.53
36Libya18.68
37North Macedonia18.85
38Lithuania18.97
39Paraguay19.48
40Eswatini19.50
41Bosnia & Herz20.48
42Algeria20.51
43Brazil20.92
44China20.99
45Myanmar21.47
46Croatia22.50
47Laos22.58
48Montenegro23.41
49Tajikistan23.85
50Liberia24.00
51Czechia24.04
52Afghanistan24.78
53Syria25.22
54Chile25.51
55Taiwan26.13
56Peru26.22
57South Korea26.30
58Israel27.33
59Malta27.41
60Ethiopia27.41
61Cambodia28.13
62Mayotte28.21
63Indonesia28.57
64Italy28.69
65Venezuela29.13
66Cuba29.51
67Palestine30.89
68Mexico31.05
69Portugal31.67
70Spain31.85
71Morocco32.47
72Sweden32.94
73Singapore33.27
74Iraq33.65
75UK34.20
76Germany34.59
77Greece35.02
78Ecuador35.28
79Malaysia35.55
80France35.66
81Bolivia36.09
82Estonia36.37
83Côte d'Ivoire36.48
84Mauritius36.68
85Nicaragua36.99
86Philippines38.19
87Dominican Rep38.70
88Austria39.35
89Senegal39.56
90Mali40.54
91Guatemala40.95
92Denmark42.26
93Tanzania42.31
94Costa Rica42.43
95Slovenia42.54
96Jordan43.01
97Cyprus43.36
98Belize43.52
99Japan43.71
100Cape Verde43.89
101Togo43.92
102Ireland45.67
103Turkmenistan45.80
104San Marino46.84
105Uruguay47.33
106Finland47.35
107South Africa48.10
108The Netherlands48.41
109Kenya49.13
110Burkina Faso49.32
111Lesotho49.64
112Yemen50.67
113New Zealand50.81
114Dominica51.43
115Somalia52.50
116Panama52.57
117Ghana52.95
118Australia53.93
119El Salvador54.99
120Honduras55.00
121Macau55.55
122Maldives56.22
123Luxembourg56.68
124Guyana57.14
125Kuwait57.55
126Belgium58.01
127Madagascar58.12
128Canada58.14
129Fiji58.27
130Monaco58.54
131Uganda58.69
132Benin58.78
133Grenada59.20
134St Lucia59.20
135USA59.99
136St Kitts & Nevis60.18
137Rwanda60.96
138Liechtenstein60.98
139Andorra61.21
140Qatar61.80
141Jamaica63.91
142Switzerland64.14
143Botswana68.12
144Nigeria69.52
145Equatorial Guinea69.59
146Zambia71.40
147Brunei72.98
148Sierra Leone74.52
149Trinidad & Tobago74.69
150Mauritania74.74
151Gibraltar74.86
152Namibia76.25
153Gabon77.36
154Iceland78.04
155Cameroon78.38
156Angola78.48
157Bahrain78.61
158Barbados80.38
159Hong Kong80.51
160Haiti82.50
161Micronesia83.25
162Antigua & Barbuda83.64
163Sao Tome & Prin86.21
164Norway87.36
165Saudi Arabia88.32
166Bahamas90.93
167Marshall Islands92.03
168Oman93.30
169Palau95.37
170Comoros95.65
171Vanuatu98.58
172Djibouti100.86
173Timor-Leste107.33
174UAE111.21
175Greenland114.19
176Eritrea116.66
177Bhutan120.38
178Seychelles120.65
179Mozambique125.21
180Samoa135.18
181Solomon Islands139.09
182Guinea165.87
183DR Congo193.46
184Turks & Caicos199.00
185Zimbabwe201.00
186Suriname269.44
187Burundi383.79

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