Average Fixed Network Internet Access Costs $98 a Month, Globally
In the fourth quarter of 2016, the average monthly charge for fixed network residential broadband services was $98, down slightly from $100 in the third quarter of 2016, apparently unadjusted for purchasing power parity, which adjusts all local prices to allow cross-country comparisons.
The average bandwidth provided to residential subscribers was 118 Mbps, compared to 112 Mbps in the third quarter of 2016. As has been the case in the U.S. market and United Kingdom, “the increase in the average bandwidth was due to a jump in the average speeds provided over cable connections.”
That trend is expected to continue.
The average global cost per Mbps was 83 cents at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 89 cents per Mbps at the end of the third quarter of 2016.
The Asia-Pacific region had the highest speed levels, at 419 Mbps compared to 328 Mbps in the previous quarter. The region also had the best “value for money” in terms of bandwidth compared to price.
Western Europe had average bandwidth of 168 Mbps in the third quarter of 2016 but had the lowest price per Mbps.
North America had average bandwidth of 143 Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from 122 Mbps in the third quarter.