The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) set out to study the cost of broadband Internet access in various countries of the world, comparing it with the average salary of residents of the country. They published the
statistics for 2009 on the eve of the UN Summit 2010 Millennium Development Goals, which will be held on September 19 in New York.
For example, in the Central African Republic, broadband access costs about 40 times more than per capita GDP. In countries with expensive Internet, no more than 1% of residents can afford this luxury.
Oddly enough, the cheapest internet is in China. True, not everywhere, but only in the special administrative district of Macau. There, access to online costs only 0.3% of average income, while broadband penetration is 23.42 contracts per 100 inhabitants.
1. Macao, China - 0.3% (23.42 per 100 inhabitants).
2. Israel - 0.33% (25.8).
3. Hong Kong - 0.49% (29.34).
4. United States - 0.5% (27.1).
5. Singapore - 0.58% (23.71).
... Belarus - 1.62%.
... Russia - 1.66%.
... Ukraine - 2.70%.
Here is a list of the most expensive countries in relation to the cost of the Internet to the income of citizens.
1. Central African Republic - 3891%.
2. Ethiopia - 2085%.
3. Malawi - 2038%.
4. Guinea - 1546%.
5. Niger - 967%.
The President of the International Telecommunication Union advocates
that each country declares broadband Internet access a “public service” (such as medical care, public transport, etc.) to which every citizen of the country is entitled — and this should be enshrined in law. To date, more than 30 countries have agreed to such an interpretation.