South Africa’s broadband prices versus world standards

Point Topic has released its Q2 2015 broadband tariff country scorecard, which shows that South Africa’s entry-level broadband prices compare favourably with international standards.

However, when looking at the average and mean tariff rankings, South Africa has some of the highest prices in the world.

Point Topic’s latest scorecard compares the entry-level and average monthly tariffs for residential broadband services in 84 countries.

The data includes services offered over copper, cable, and fibre networks in the second quarter of 2015.

“Comparing countries by using the cost of broadband subscriptions is a straightforward idea, but the variation in entry-level versus median and average tariffs can be significant,” said Point Topic.

“To help provide an easy way of comparing directly, we have taken the PPP data on entry-level, median, and average broadband tariffs, produced rankings, and then compared the variance.”

Global broadband pricing rakings

Albania leads the way in entry-level broadband prices, followed by Iran, Poland, India, and Vietnam.

Japan leads the way when it comes to average broadband pricing, followed by Ukraine and Iran.

South Africa ranks 25 out of 84 countries for entry-level pricing. However, it drops to 60th when looking at the average price for a broadband service.

Point Topic’s broadband tariff country scorecard is below – the countries at the top of the chart are the countries offering the lowest (best) entry-level tariffs.

Broadband pricing rankings
Broadband pricing rankings

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