Barbados has been ranked the 30th most expensive country for broadband per month out of 195 countries, making this country one of the most expensive in the world for the service.
According to the 2018 Global Broadband Price Comparison, with an average cost of $225.50 (US$111.86) for broadband per month, Barbados is considered the 8th most expensive for the service in the English-speaking Caribbean.
The data, which was gathered between August and September this year, placed Haiti as the 6th most expensive for broadband in the world, with an average monthly cost of US$207.39.
The country with the cheapest broadband service per month was Ukraine at just US$5 per month, while the most expensive was the Sub-Saharan African nation of Mauritania at US$768.16.
Barbados was ranked 165th cheapest last year with an average monthly cost of US$105.40. This year Barbados is ranked at 166.
Countries ranked cheaper than Barbados this year were Grenada at 105 with a monthly average of US$60.37; Trinidad and Tobago at 106 and a monthly average cost of US$60.77; Jamaica at 110 with an average cost of US$62.57 per month; St Lucia at 126 with a cost of US$71.02; Dominica at 128 with a cost of US$71.43; the Bahamas at 130 for a monthly average of US$72.77; and St Kitts and Nevis at 135 with an average monthly cost of US$74.71.
Countries ranked more expensive than Barbados in the region are Guyana at 172 (US$123.11); Bermuda at 175 (US$124.36); Cayman islands at 184 (US$158.69); and Antigua and Barbuda at 187 (US$177.15).
Dan Howdle, Consumer Telecoms Analyst at Cable .co.uk, said on average broadband prices fell slightly when compared to the previous year.
“Despite many countries providing faster access year-on-year, and the price of broadband fluctuating – sometimes wildly – 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,” said Howdle.
“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 explained.
He said the US was arguably the world’s most technologically advanced western nation, but its broadband is “shockingly expensive” compared to much of the world.
“In fact, it costs seven times as much to get a broadband deal in the United States as it does to get one in Russia, and over 64 per cent more than it does in China. America’s broadband duopoly simply cannot compete with healthier, multi-provider marketplaces,” added Howdle.
In relation to internet speed, Barbados was ranked at 39 out of 200 countries in that survey, which was carried out between June 2017 and May 2018. This represented a massive improvement from the 65th position last year.
This survey was based on means download speed and time to download “a typical HD movie of 5GB”.