The most expensive DSL connection in the world

You think your broadband provider is expensive, try $3,355 per month for a 1.5Mbps DSL connection. Welcome to the internet in Kazakhstan. With DSL prices like these, it's no wonder Borat left Kazakhstan behind! A new report from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (PDF) paints a grim picture of Internet access in Kazakhstan and shows how difficult life can be for those in poor and authoritarian countries who want to join the worldwide community of Internet users.

Consider the prices for Internet access, for one. Most users (and only four percent of the country even has access) hook up through state-owned Kazakhtelecom, a company not concerned with competitive pricing for its services. An unlimited dial-up plan costs about €82 ($111) in a country where the average monthly wage is €292 ($399). As for DSL, an unlimited 1.5Mbps connection costs €2,458 ($3,355) a month, and doesn't even included the required ADSL modem. Want a 6Mbps cable connection? It'll cost you, to the tune of €16,144 ($22,032) a month. As the OSCE report drily notes, this is more than a thousand times the price of such a connection in Western Europe.

News source: arstechnica.com

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Sorry to bump up an old post, but this here is ridiculous.

The Cape Verde Telecom (CV Telecom) offers so called ADSL 2048 for ridiculous 172,50 Euro p. month.

But, hey! 10 GB traffic inclusive! And no service!

X-Tech said,
To be exact I pay $35CAD for 270.0Mbps.

So is it fiber or what technology? LAN is not capable of such speeds.
What's your provide name?

he's probably connected to his wireless router via wireless N with a rangemax router. only thing i know capable. of delivering this type of speed. otherwise a regular ethernet port is 100 mbps. unless they would have gigabit ethernet. but then modems aren;t capable of these speeds.

lnxpro said,
he's probably connected to his wireless router via wireless N with a rangemax router. only thing i know capable. of delivering this type of speed. otherwise a regular ethernet port is 100 mbps. unless they would have gigabit ethernet. but then modems aren;t capable of these speeds.

he probably has a gigabit ethernet lan.

It is ridiculous if you compare it to that in a developed country.
Then why not compare the land prices?
Different economy price things differently. Nothing to be surprised.

Here in Estonia we get 12mbit ADSL2 for 48$ (unlimited stuff, telephone & 40 iptv channels included)
Basic 500kbit dsl for ca 18$...
Poor Kazakh's Some VERY nasty prices!

I saw this on Digg, some guy there made a witty remark:
"He is my neighbor Nushuktan Tulyiagby. He is pain in my a*sholes. I get dial-up, he must get dial-up. I get DSL, he cannot afford. Great success!"

I'm in Egypt, here are some prices for ADSL which i know:

256 kbps = $16.7 (1/4) Unlimited
512 kbps = $34 (1/4) Unlimited

256 kbps =$7.9 (1/4) Limited (2 GB) (will be done in 1st September, I know 2 GB sucks)

OMG, really expensive Internet connection!
I always thought the Internet connection in China is slow and expensive. Now I don't think of that any more...

Prices in Syria
256kbs = $45
512kbs = $80
1mb = $120

Best part is that DSL is not readily available.... at least its unmetered.

Moving on to Beirut, Lebanon
WiMax Connection
512kbs = $50 (the one im sadly stuck with) + 2gb/mo limit with unmetered nightly use.

G3(?)
256kbs = $50 (2gb/mo)
512kbs = $80 (3gb/mo)
1mbs = $120 (4gb/mo)

DSL
128 Kbps 2 GBytes $23.99
256 Kbps 3 GBytes $33.99
512 Kbps 4 GBytes $46.99
1 Mbps 5 GBytes $76.99
No unmetered times and very limited availability

I'm Glad to have 24Mbps + TV Service + Illimted Phone servie and lot of other services for 29.90€ here in France.

Asked My brother my brother in Algeria how much he's gonna pay for DSL.

In Algeria www.assila.net Price

2Mbps -> 66,000 Algerian Dinar = 951 US Dollar
3Mbps -> 90,000 Algerian Dinar = 1,298.16 US Dollar
4Mbps -> 125,000 Algerian Dinar = 1,803.00 US Dollar
8Mbps -> 250,000 Algerian Dinar = 3,606.00 US Dollar

(So he tooke 128kbps)

My ex-girlfriend was a foreign exchange student from Kazakhstan. We broke up before she went back home. She doesn't get back on the internet anymore because there are public places over there that charge around $10 for 10 minutes, it's ridiculous.

Lol, it's not unheard of for some people to get bills that large here in AUS. Telstra offers something like a 450meg cap on its lowest plan and then charges $150/gig people go over. So unwitting people download gigs of data and get stuck with insanely huge bills.

GG Telstra, gg.

Well atleast you tried, everyone else just listed their internet access prices. I guess Ill have a go:

Internet porn is cheaper than prostitue, NOT.

Hey, I used to live there just till 2007 June...

Those crazy prices are for "Unlimited traffic" internet connections...
(Yes, they limit traffic... like you have to pay for additional 1GB downloads/uploads... sucks)
that's why most people use Dial-up (like I did), which is also terrible.

...The Dial Up Option
"Nursat Internet Express" <- note it's called EXPRESS. LOL
Pay $15 for 10 units.
10 units: approximately 7 hours if used in daytime. (1.5 units/hr at 8:00-23:00)
when you use up your units...
NO internet connection. :P
oh and the speed? 4KB/s.
and it disconnects often.

However, 6 hours away from KZ...
in Korea, (where I live now)

"LG Powercomm"
Unlimited 100Mbit/s FTTH (Fiber-optics)
$30/month
I love it!!

LOL

"As the OSCE report drily notes, this is more than a thousand times the price of such a connection in Western Europe."

And almost double that of the united states!

I kid, I kid...but we pay $80/month for 2mb DSL

Whoa!!! That got me shocked! *me falls over in his chair*

I thought Australia was the only country to charge insanely expensively for our internet plans. I am on 8mbps ADSL with a 12GB cap (but isp has unmetered stuff) for $90 per month. Yes, fellow aussies, you guessed that right...Bigpond.

in china i pay 13$ for a 512k (up/down)
15$ for a 1Mb (up/down)
20$ for a 2Mb (up/down)
35$ for a 4Mb (up/down)

all unlimited time.

does anyone realize it's that expensive because the infrastructure probably needs to be laid, and that cost would incorporate that?

ArsTechnica writes these (true) theoretical articles like fact. I hate it.

Igloo for rent in NYC for $5000/month. Wow that's like soo totally insane! "Here," in Northern Canada, igloos are free. I can't believe that someone would charge $5000/month for that.

brand said,
does anyone realize it's that expensive because the infrastructure probably needs to be laid, and that cost would incorporate that?

So Telecom don't have own money to invest into proper infrastructure first? Why not to lay infrastructure first and connect more users with affordable prices. By your logic if British Telecom goes into new city then customers must pay $3000 per month for ****ty internet. It's not how it works in proper western markets. "Infrastructure" argument is bull****. Telecom just wants to rip maximum sum from its first customers and you can rip as much as you want if you are in monopoly business.

It's nothing wrong when private companies do this but it is not normal when government which sits on one of the world's largest oil, gas and mineral deposits kills intelligence of its citizens through state-owned Telecom company. Without access to World's information highway Kazakhstan people will be less educated and because of that less productive and will stay poor for much longer.

EJocys said,

So Telecom don't have own money to invest into proper infrastructure first? Why not to lay infrastructure first and connect more users with affordable prices. By your logic if British Telecom goes into new city then customers must pay $3000 per month for ****ty internet. It's not how it works in proper western markets. "Infrastructure" argument is bull****. Telecom just want to rip maximum sum from its first customers and you can rip as much as you want if you are in monopoly business.

I couldnt have said it better myself...

This argument of infrastructure is total stupidity! Our telecomms company here in South Africa, has a monopoly, and made about R 4 billion profit ( +- $ 550 million). Yet they still say that they dont have money for infrastructure. Their argument is that if more people take up broadband, prices will fall! :mad: Since they will have more money for infrastructure!

That is twisted logic, if they were really interested in rolling out broadband, they would drop their prices and increase their broadband base! But they are content with just milking the broadband customers dry!

$85/month for 384K with a 3GB cap here (and it's shaped). $10 per GB for top-ups... Go South Africa *pukes*
Poor Kazakhstan folks though, they have it even worse.

Praeses said,
$85/month for 384K with a 3GB cap here (and it's shaped). $10 per GB for top-ups... Go South Africa *pukes*
Poor Kazakhstan folks though, they have it even worse.

Yeh...I hate those Telkom B!@#ds...

My city needs to be liberated also. I pay 70USD a month for 3mb/512. I think thats expensive compared to other parts of the US. I feel bad for these people though.

I pay $22 per month for my 512Kbps down, 128 Kbps UP ADSL in Sri Lanka.
Everything unlimited, P2P allowed.

It's called the 'Free Market Concept'. Works very well in democratic governments. Opps, guess they need to try that first...

I pay $40/m here in Sweden for my Ethernet connection. 100 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream, and without limit. Me like

i pay 15 dollar a month for 384k (40KB/s) DSL. (i know it aint fast but it's got alot of bang for the buck factor)

it aint super fast but it allows me to get "stuff" (if u catch my drift ) within reasonable time frames unlike dialup.

all-in-all i got alot of "bang for the buck" with my internet.... and considering it's only 5 dollars more per month than most cheaper dialup's i dont think im complaining when im getting 8 times the speed of the average dialup connection ;)

no one should be on dialup if they have dsl like mine in there area.

p.s. i used to have comcast and it was great speed wise... but it's price just aint worth it... cause i can get like 3-4months of dsl vs 1 month of comcast for the same price... now tell me how much more stuff i could get in 3-4months time vs 1 months time? ... i think it's clear the wiser choice would be to get the 384k DSL for $15 per month instead of about $50-60 for comcast when your looking at the overall picture.... sure most kids would take the comcast just cause they get stuff almost instantly and they aint paying for it, but once u gotta pay ill take the dsl over comcast cable anyday.... comcast needs more competitive prices and i would consider going back to them.... instead of just a crapload of speed but u gotta pay a arm and a leg for it.

and also even though my dsl is only 8 times faster than dialup... in a way it's sorta 24 times faster than dialup since when i had dialup i could only be on durring the night for about 8 hours so i did not tie up the phone line etc.

ThaCrip said,
all-in-all i got alot of "bang for the buck" with my internet....

If I'm catching your drift correctly, then "bang for your buck" should be very important indeed...

ADSL (Lithuania) 1024/786 - 19$
4048/786 - 32$
and now we have fiber connetion here, it costs +4$, in our country allows 10Mbps down and up.

Everything unlimited, P2P allowed.

I've never been to KZ, and cannot judge the local conditions at all. All I did was to go to the English version of Kazakhtelecom, mentioned here. So, here are the rates (per minute in KZT. Exchange rage: 1 USD = 123 KZT, 1 EUR = 169 KZT, 1 GBP = 251 KZT / xe.com). Same rates apply to Wi-Fi connections.

As you can see, the most expensive rate is between 18.00 and 23.00, costing the user approx. 1 USD/hr. Expensive for the locals? Perhaps. What about visitors, you ask? Well, on my last stay at one of London's hotels I had to shell out 17 quid per day (or 7 quid an hour) to get Wi-Fi. Will there be competition in place in the future? Undoubtedly so. I lived in the country which had similar network access rates in the late 1990s, with a monopoly on telecommunication services (Lattelecom anyone?). Have things changed? Oh yes. Is KZ slow in adapating? Yeah, but hell, they had to spend all this money moving their capital city in the last decade - no money left for anything else

.Neo said,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands: I pay €23,95 for my 20Mbit ADSL2 connection from Orange.

Damned small countries with their cheap internet! x)

me borat, me like to make sexy time, me no use dsl, too expense.........use pigeons to relay messages.....and me eat them when we done........mmmmmm

MrWhistler said,
me borat, me like to make sexy time, me no use dsl, too expense.........use pigeons to relay messages.....and me eat them when we done........mmmmmm

:nuts: very funny. i wud have siggied it if we had siggy feature

In Panama (Panama City):

(ADSL)
512kbps = 50$ per month
768kbps = 60$ per month
1mbps = 80$ per month

(Wireless)
512kbps = 100$ per month

Yeah it's god damn insane... People in Costa Rica get a 2mbps for about 40$ per month! But what I like to know is how people say in here that they're are getting 18$ for 6mbps? The fastest i've seen is 3MB/s for 40$ per month...

Wireless broadband? Isn't that like one of those things they sell that just means a wireless router for a much higher price?

I would guess if the population density is low. DSL would be expensive.
I wonder table looks like for a DSL price/connected population graph.

China, India, Bangladesh have high population densities what is the rates in those countries.

I spent 40 minutes reading all 200 pages and those figures were cherry picked. Services with monthly bandwidth limitations are much lower (40 euro). Yes given the variety of unlimited 'cable' plans are ridiculous however it is a DSL country with that technology in place and unlimited rates for low speed DSL start at 100euro a month. So they are not top notch but far from the disaster this article makes it out to be.

I think that the cost of access to features we take for granted is a fairly good barometer for the development of a nation. This news goes against all those posturing statements that the Kazakh premier made in the wake of the Borat film...

I believe that the prices are given in euros and dollars because of the fact that those are the most recognisable to the people that would read the article...I think they have another form of currency but I am not sure

NielsJanssen said,
Since when did the entire world have to use dollars? Such ignorance...

Since when did #5 mention dollars? Such ignorance...

nid~vaeda said,
I believe that the prices are given in euros and dollars because of the fact that those are the most recognisable to the people that would read the article...I think they have another form of currency but I am not sure

Kazakhstan uses the "Tenge" (KZT)

Current exchange rates, As of Sunday, July 29, 2007. (a brief sample, listed in no partcular order and certainly not intended to be all inclusive):

1 US Dollar = 126.090 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 Euro = 171.989 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 British Pound = 255.302 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 Australian Dollar = 107.477 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 Canadian Dollar = 118.536 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 Japanese Yen = 1.06348 Kazakhstan Tenge

1 Russian Rouble = 4.92386 Kazakhstan Tenge

Info obtained from: FXConverter - Currency Converter for 164 Currencies

Lets see, they do realize if they lowered the price, it would drive more people to do business with them?

Thats the problem with 3rd world countries and their ideas.....

Thats the way with ANY dictatorship. Limit access to information. Many third world nations in Africa have internet access that isn't that expensive in comparison. Being a poor nation has nothing to do with it.

The Kazak capital is a growing city thanks to oil and other natural resources, so more people are doing busniess with them. Hopefully this will drive down prices and get some reforms, bu not neccessarily, there's still the govenrment.

Wow...I used to pay $200 dollars per month on 512kbps satalite in Saudi Arabia and i thought that was as ridiculous as it got...but damn glad i dont live in either country now!

Amnesia said,
I'm in England and I pay 45 pounds with land line a month and only get 1mb

You can get 24Mbbps unlimited for £24 in UK from Be Unlimited and with rate 40:1 you have guaranty of 600Kbps minimum. Usually for me it takes just 8-10 minutes to download DVDRip from good torrent site. Its 1118 times cheaper than in Kazakhstan. Average salary in UK is ~$3800 per month so for Kazakhstan citizens Internet is 10 647 times more (1118*$3800/$399) expensive than for UK citizens.