Stark contrasts in current availability of broadband

22 November 2011 |

The current affordability of broadband around the world highlights a stark contrast in global prices, according to Point Topic, which has compared the cost of 12 months of subscription to the cheapest, and usually slowest, fixed broadband service.

It has converted prices to purchasing power parity (PPP), combining the results with the gross national income per capita in order to allow for direct comparison between the markets.

“Broadband prices can be over 1,000 higher in real terms in the poorer countries,” said Oliver Johnson, CEO at Point Topic. In a comparison of 64 markets, Switzerland ranks as the lowest market for cost/GNI per capita at 0.07%. In comparison, Bolivia and Kenya showed the highest costs for broadband subscription, ranked at 43.66% and 79.25% respectively.