Residential broadband tariff benchmarks – Q4 2014

Global and regional tariff benchmarks for residential broadband services

This report compares the cost of residential broadband services across different access technologies and looks at the price and speed variations in different global regions in Q4 2014.

Global residential broadband tariff picture

In Q4 2014, the average monthly charge for residential broadband services was $82.86 up from $80.82 in Q3. The average bandwidth provided by residential services was 66.14Mbps up from 62.5Mbps in Q3. The latest numbers equate to an average global cost per megabit of $1.25 at the end of December 2014, down just over 5% on the previous quarter.

Residential broadband cost per megabit in Q4 2014Figure 1: Residential broadband cost per megabit in Q4 2014. Source – Point Topic.

Residential broadband prices and bandwidths by region

As we can see in the graphic below, the Western Europe offers both the highest download speeds and the lowest prices for residential broadband services. The Asia-Pacific region are level pegging with Easter Europe on price but offer superior service speeds. At the other end of the scale, average download speeds are marginally slower in Latin America than they are in the Middle East and Africa although the average cost of services in the Middle East and Africa is the highest for any region. The size of bubbles in the chart varies according to the number of services tracked for the study.

Regional residential broadband tariffs and speeds in Q4 2014Figure 2: Comparing residential broadband speeds and tariffs by global region in Q4 2014. Source – Point Topic

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The data behind this report and the full version of the tariff report are 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