In most countries today, internet access is an essential asset, in the same category as water and electricity. But this service does not cost the same everywhere, and in some developing countries where profits are low, it is hundreds of times more expensive than the average monthly salary.
NetCredit, a Chicago-based online lender, used World Bank data to come up with the average monthly salary in any country in the world. He then used Cable.co.uk worldwide broadband internet pricing research to find out how much of an average salary you would have to spend in each internet site.
At the bottom of the list is Yemen. The state has been embroiled in a civil war for years, which has contributed to an internet package costing $ 2,466 a month, or 2,792.56 percent of an average salary of $ 88.33.
For the most affordable internet deal, nowhere can you beat Monaco. Her $ 34.49 subscription is just 0.68 percent of her average monthly salary of $ 5,043.69.
When it comes to the price of speed-measured internet services, Romania is the cheapest in the world at $ 0.13 per Mbps. Not surprisingly, Yemen is again at the bottom of the list, priced at $ 3,768.65 per Mbps.
In the U.S., where NetCredit sets the average salary at $ 4,000 per month, the company has processed the cost of a 10Mbps internet line to $ 7.01 per month, which is only 0.16 percent of average revenue. Using the same metric, Canada’s internet is 0.22 percent of the average wage, while the least affordable country in North America is Haiti, where a cost of $ 216 a month is 60.28 percent of the average wage.
While most countries pay only a small percentage of their average salary to get broadband, developing and war-torn countries are all at a disadvantage when it comes to value; a result of low wages and lack of broadband infrastructure.