What your broadband connection should cost

Point Topic has released its latest Global residential tariffs and bandwidths report, which showed that the average monthly charge for a residential broadband service is $99 (R1,574).

The average speed provided by residential services is 85Mbps – up from 81Mbps three months earlier.

“The increase in the average bandwidth was especially notable for fibre connections (from 137Mbps in Q3 2015 to 143Mbps in Q4 2015) and to some extent cable (from 90Mbps to 98Mbps),” stated Point Topic.

This trend will continue, with a significant number of operators accelerating the roll-out of FTTH, Docsis 3.1, and G.fast networks – launching Gigabit speeds.

Price per Mbps

Point Topic said that with the average monthly cost stable, higher speeds pushed down the average price per megabit.

“The average global cost per megabit was $1.17 (R18.61) at the end of December 2015, down from $1.23 (R19.57) recorded at the end of September 2015.”

The chart below shows the average cost per Mbps of residential broadband connections.

Cost per Mbps

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