Analysis: Internet Speed vs Cost by Country (2022)

internet speed vs cost

Analysis: Internet Speed vs Cost by Country in 2022

Do you ever wonder if you’re spending too much on internet service? Does it seem like your internet speed should be faster than it actually is?

Reliable, affordable access to high-speed internet has become more important than ever before in recent years as a growing number of us are working from home, attending school virtually, and doing other important tasks online.

To get a better understanding of how internet prices and speeds compare between the United States and the rest of the world, we did a complete deep dive into the data using the latest data from SpeedTest.net and Numbeo. We used median internet speeds to best assess the typical speeds a consumer is likely to get and the average monthly internet bill for 60 Mbps or more service in more than 100 countries.

Before we jump into the full results, here are a few notable findings:

  • The average high-speed internet bill in the United States is $67.57 per month, ranking 6th most expensive of the countries in our analysis.
  • The median internet speed in the United States is 151.21 Mbps, 7th fastest of the countries we studied.
  • When looking at overall value (cost per Mbps), the United States only ranks 47th of the countries studied at $0.45 per Mb. This is just under the median cost per Mb of $0.50 across all countries we looked at.

You can see some of the notable findings in the graph below:

internet speed vs cost

Note: In a few cases, we were unable to verify the median internet speed or average monthly bill for a country, so we left them out of our analysis.

Here are the full rankings from top to bottom of the value local residents get for their internet service when comparing speed vs cost:

Country Monthly Internet Cost (In USD) Median Speed (Mbps) Value (Cost per Mbps)
Romania $8.25 132.33 $0.06
China $13.73 162.74 $0.08
Moldova $9.14 94.72 $0.10
Thailand $18.54 189.64 $0.10
Ukraine $5.62 49.82 $0.11
Russia $8.17 69.23 $0.12
Hungary $12.95 98.37 $0.13
Chile $28.06 200.01 $0.14
Poland $12.70 90.42 $0.14
Hong Kong $26.71 181.7 $0.15
Vietnam $10.83 71.86 $0.15
Lithuania $13.03 85.85 $0.15
Singapore $32.22 207.61 $0.16
Bulgaria $11.25 58.35 $0.19
India $9.48 48.09 $0.20
South Korea $21.31 105.38 $0.20
Denmark $33.64 166.11 $0.20
Belarus $10.46 47.81 $0.22
Latvia $15.07 67.85 $0.22
Brazil $21.00 91.82 $0.23
Taiwan $25.34 106.19 $0.24
Kuwait $27.97 110.81 $0.25
Finland $24.58 92.73 $0.27
France $30.61 110.42 $0.28
Japan $36.52 123.98 $0.29
Sweden $30.56 102.24 $0.30
Turkey $8.77 29.09 $0.30
Spain $39.27 129.61 $0.30
Israel $28.57 93.01 $0.31
Malaysia $27.26 84.78 $0.32
Portugal $35.13 108.39 $0.32
Kazakhstan $11.24 34.3 $0.33
Slovakia $17.74 52.78 $0.34
Nepal $14.51 42.08 $0.34
Colombia $25.30 73.04 $0.35
Kosovo $17.46 49.1 $0.36
Egypt $15.38 39.75 $0.39
Serbia $19.83 50.67 $0.39
Malta $35.38 89.61 $0.39
Uruguay $37.14 93.63 $0.40
Netherlands $43.89 105.45 $0.42
Czech Republic $20.57 48.37 $0.43
New Zealand $52.69 121.93 $0.43
Slovenia $35.16 79.34 $0.44
Albania $16.93 38.17 $0.44
Switzerland $55.49 124.74 $0.44
United States $67.57 151.21 $0.45
Panama $42.65 94.76 $0.45
Germany $35.57 74.16 $0.48
Armenia $17.73 36.44 $0.49
Sri Lanka $9.48 19.29 $0.49
Estonia $25.78 51.47 $0.50
Montenegro $26.39 52.22 $0.51
Uzbekistan $20.36 39.76 $0.51
Norway $53.06 103.54 $0.51
Argentina $23.00 43.04 $0.53
North Macedonia $15.76 28.01 $0.56
Italy $30.09 53.46 $0.56
Jordan $39.50 69.47 $0.57
Canada $63.16 106.82 $0.59
Austria $35.76 60 $0.60
United Kingdom $37.70 62.86 $0.60
Luxembourg $56.46 92.96 $0.61
Mexico $26.35 43.05 $0.61
Belgium $50.20 81.3 $0.62
Croatia $25.68 41.35 $0.62
Peru $32.25 50.53 $0.64
Trinidad And Tobago $49.48 76.66 $0.65
Ireland $51.82 69.21 $0.75
Philippines $42.44 55.21 $0.77
United Arab Emirates $98.84 124.7 $0.79
Saudi Arabia $70.75 86.64 $0.82
Azerbaijan $16.64 20.28 $0.82
Bosnia And Herzegovina $22.42 26.84 $0.84
Costa Rica $46.57 51.92 $0.90
Bangladesh $29.07 31.65 $0.92
Greece $34.08 36.3 $0.94
Qatar $92.04 94.25 $0.98
Jamaica $38.58 37.34 $1.03
Ecuador $41.56 40.12 $1.04
Australia $53.59 51.34 $1.04
Bahrain $56.70 48.22 $1.18
Cyprus $36.42 30.16 $1.21
Indonesia $32.17 21.43 $1.50
Palestine $46.31 29.66 $1.56
Oman $76.99 48.16 $1.60
Mauritius $32.72 20.3 $1.61
South Africa $53.52 30.64 $1.75
Iraq $37.16 20.13 $1.85
El Salvador $43.55 23.37 $1.86
Iran $20.47 10.23 $2.00
Guatemala $52.51 24.88 $2.11
Ghana $49.66 22.79 $2.18
Tunisia $18.39 8 $2.30
Bolivia $57.34 24.68 $2.32
Pakistan $22.11 9.41 $2.35
Morocco $33.23 13.88 $2.39
Honduras $72.28 26.26 $2.75
Dominican Republic $52.03 16.14 $3.22
Algeria $37.09 10.05 $3.69
Venezuela $43.57 9.28 $4.70
Nigeria $47.75 9.77 $4.89
Kenya $47.01 8.54 $5.50
Lebanon $53.69 7.91 $6.79

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