Brunei ranks 173rd in world broadband price comparison

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Waqiuddin Rajak
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Brunei has moved up 20 ranks in the World Broadband Price Comparison, placing it 173rd cheapest amongst 195 countries analysed by UK-based broadband comparison site Cable.

Data published by the site shows that Brunei has moved from its previous ranking at 193rd, with its broadband package now costing an average of USD123.29 (BND168.63) per month compared to USD332.63 (BND456.43) last year.

Brunei’s internet cost per MB now stands at USD2.52 (BND3.44) as opposed to USD5.05 (BND6.93) last year.  Its cheapest package now costs only at USD27.42 (BND37.90) while the most expensive is rated at USD265.05 (BND362.50).

The world’s fastest internet provider Singapore fell 19 places, from 59 last year to 78, with its average broadband price per month rising from USD38.34 (SGD52.68) to USD50.43 (SGD69.30).

Thailand remained Southeast Asia’s cheapest broadband provider with its average cost per month standing at USD25.58 (THB827.07).

A total of 3,303 fixed-line broadband deals in 195 countries were analysed by Cable with the help of international consumer insight consultancy BVA BDRC between August 15 and September 20.

Their data also produced that the world’s cheapest broadband belonged to Ukraine, with an average monthly cost of USD5 per month, while Mauritania holds the title for the world’s most expensive broadband with an average package price of USD768.16 per month.

Cable in a statement said that the average price of a broadband deal globally remained constant despite significant year-on-year ups and downs in its pricing.

Overall broadband price around the world dropped by USD0.12, from USD73.04 to USD72.92 which is about 1.64 per cent between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the fourth quarter of 2018, Cable added.

Cable’s Consumer Telecoms Analyst Dan Howdle said despite many countries proving faster access year-on-year, and the price of broadband fluctuating from country to country.

“On average the price of broadband worldwide remains largely unchanged, falling just 1.64 per cent since the fourth quarter of 2017,” he said in a statement.

“In our worldwide broadband speed comparison released earlier this year, similar disparities were apparent to those seen here. The countries with slow, patchy broadband infrastructure that supplies only a fraction of the population tend to be the most expensive.

Likewise, those with exceptional, often full-fibre (FTTH) infrastructure supplying the majority of the population tend to be the cheapest, if not in absolute terms, certainly on a cost-per-megabit basis,” he added.

The Bruneian