Residential broadband tariff benchmarks – Q4 2013

Global and regional benchmarks for residential broadband services

This free report provides global and regional benchmarks for residential broadband tariffs and the average downstream bandwidth offered by copper, cable and fibre services in Q4 2013.

The global residential broadband tariff picture

In Q4 2013, the average monthly charge for residential broadband services was $76.25. The average bandwidth provided by residential services was 51.9 Mbps. This means that the average global cost per megabit was $1.47 at the end of December 2013.

Copper (per megabit) is easily the most expensive technology primarily due to the bandwidth differential that can be achieved over end to end copper compared to cable and fibre.  Point Topic groups FTTx/VDSL in the ‘fibre’ class.

Figure 1: Average cost per megabit of residential broadband services in Q4 2013. Source – Point Topic.

Residential broadband prices and speeds by region

Asia-Pacific offers, on average, the fastest broadband services to residential users. The prices for residential services in this region are also among the lowest. The best ‘value for money’, in terms of broadband speeds, is offered to consumers in Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

There has been little shift in the regional trends compared to last quarter, although the average bandwidth reported for residential services has increased in some regions.

The average price for residential broadband services is comparable in Europe and Asia-Pacific, although services in Europe are typically slower. Even though fibre services are more established in Eastern Europe, countries in Western Europe are now delivering much faster services – with Sweden and the UK now offering their residents gigabit services.  North America continues to drop further behind Europe and Asia for headline broadband speed.

 Figure 2: Average broadband speeds and prices by region in Q4 2013. Source – Point Topic.

Find out more

The full version of this report along with access to the complete tariff database is available to subscribers of Point Topic’s Broadband Operators & Tariffs service. To find out more, please telephone +44 (0)20 3301 3303 or e-mail