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How much do you pay your broadband connection?

     
1:03 pm on Jul 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Those of you who are familiar with South Africa will know that we have a less than perfect economy. It is sad that in an economy such as ours, our government has still knowingly legalized the monopoly of one telecommunications company, giving them exclusive control over both digital and analogue communication until at least around 2010. It's because of this we are forced into paying obscenely high bandwidth prices.

I am currently using ADSL, which is the only really affordable option at the equivalent of US$155 per month. This gives me a shared 512 Kb line (shared with +-250 other ADSL users) and a 3 GB per month cap. If I where to get the line that my business needs to run efficiently (a 128 Kb dedicated line) I would be paying in excess of US$1600 per month.

I would really like to gauge how high our bandwidth prices really are so, my question is: What do you pay for your broadband connection? Does anyone pay higher prices than there? I'd especially like to hear from users in Australia. One of our telecoms excuses for our high bandwidth in our geographical distance from USA and Europe but anyone with a map can see that Australia is just as far away from these hubs.

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[edited by: acidic at 2:03 pm (utc) on July 13, 2004]

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Average in Canada (in canadian $ about .75 US)

Home

V 92 dialup = 15 $ a month
3.0 Mbits down, 800kbits up unlimited = 30 $ a month

Corporate

ADSL

3.0 Mbits down, 800kbits up unlimited = 66 $ a month
3.0 Mbits down, 800kbits up unlimited and static IP = 85 $ a month
4.0 Mbits down, 1.2 Mbits up unlimited = 90 $ a month
4.0 Mbits down, 1.2 Mbits up unlimited and static IP = 110 $ a month
4.0 Mbits down, 1.2 Mbits up unlimited DHCP/bridge with static IP = 225 $ a month

Cable
35 $ a month

<edit>Forgot to mention those are prepayed 1 year contracts </edit>

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I pay 29 a month for a half megabit, same as yours, which just now is around $55 (yearly contract, I believe the price is down now).

I've noticed that alot of the UK broadband providers are also putting caps on usage. AFAIK when I signed up I didn't have one. Maybe that's the price of cheap broadband for some people, a cap on the usage.

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Now that it finally got to me where I am in rural France ( Brittany )...

40$ per month for 2mb speed ...unlimited transfer and all non international phone calls 24 x7 x 365 included in the price ...

< Edit ..wrong currency conversion rate >

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$26.95 a month USD, special deal from my phone company with a year commitment.
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I think I am paying something like $49.95 for Bellsouth's fastaccess, but I should check it out and see if I can get a break by bundling something with it.
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50$ month cable, 3 down 1.5 up
8:05 am on July 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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About US$45/month 100mbps fiber optic in Japan.
I saw an ad on the train this AM for 1.5mbps ADSL for about US$11/month.

I love these threads ;)

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Perth, Australia
(apparently most isolated city in the world)

256K/64K ADSL Connection
Static IP
Unlimited downloads

$70Aus per month = $50US per month (approx)

I think we shouldn't let Bill post on such threads. He just makes me cry.

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I don't love these threads.

Rural Italy, can't get ADSL, paying around 400 US$ per month for what should be a 2 meg HDSL line. Eight fixed IP's. No cap, but, hey, why would there be when I have to pay for every meg of traffic, up and down?

Still, it works.

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I would like to live where Bill does ...my wife says no ..she doesn't want the competition .
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I got unlimited half meg for 23/month
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2004-07-14 07:16:34 EST: 2347 / 315
Your download speed : 2403491 bps, or 2347 kbps.
A 293.3 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 322614 bps, or 315 kbps.

Costs me $45/month. I don't know what my bandwidth limitation is, but nobody's told me to stop downloading yet. :)

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12:29 pm on July 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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India:

I am using 512 kbps DSL with 2 GB monthly limit for an equivalent of $45/month. Extra data transfer charges are approx $20 per GB.

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Spain (Canary Islands): In theory 256 kbps ADSL with no monthly GB limit for an equivalent of approx. $35/month.

Reality right now: Down 149 kbps / Up 104 kbps

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Paying $70 a month for Road Runner Business class at home, but only because I wanted a static IP. The normal price is around $45 I think.

I also have DirecWay (Satellite) for the R.V., which is only $60 a month, but the hardware was $600 and then the satellite locator hardware to make it work on a mobile installation was another $1100.

I believe Direcway only works in the northern hemisphere but I could be wrong about that - check them out and see if it will work for you.

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Wow! You should all count yourself really lucky. Just for interest's sake I emailed our TelCo to get a price on a 1984kbps line, their answer: $31275 per month on a 12 month contract. Now thats a spicy meat ball!
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Dang ... where I live you can get DS3's for less than that :)
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In UK 512kbps from 18 (I'll let you guys convert it) and 1 Megabit from about 35 for home users usually with capped usage per month.

The fastest I've seen for home users is about 4Mbps and 1GBps for business though you are going in to 100's to 1000's of pounds.

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Home Connection - INR 300 = US$ 6.5 approx 1 month 200mb download limit (fiber optic).
1:44 pm on July 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In Hong Kong..

6mbps down and 2mbps up + Broadband TV with 12 video (HBO/Cinemax/BBC/Disney included) for about $55US/month.

12:38 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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If I could afford it....

appx $150/month US for DirecWay satband INCLUDING TV. If we buy the equipment which would run about $800 installed....

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According to DirecWay's site, it's $65 a month if you buy the equipment and $99 if you lease it. Where are you getting $150?
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You have to add the extra "double receiver" or whatever they call it, and the extra for the TV feed....

I just 3 days ago got a quote from them. $149.95/month - and the install here is $799.95 paid up front. You CAN get it "long-lease" (I'm NOT going to do that....) if you want to pay over time.... which may be the pricing they quote on their site. (Our TV feed ALONE is more than they're apparently showing on the site, and they refused to allow a discount. We have to buy major networks too, because we live in the only place in the lower 48 where we CANNOT GET LOCAL TV. You're welcome to come and verify that....)

I pay over time for my house and my Ford diesel. That's it.

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I know how you feel acidic, telecom has a monopoly here also. I pay NZ$60 a month for 128/128 capped to 10 gigs.
1:12 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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DSL
3.0 Mbits down, 800kbits up = $49/month

(dreaming of the day when OC-48's are in the $10/month range)

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We have to buy major networks too, because we live in the only place in the lower 48 where we CANNOT GET LOCAL TV

Nope, unless we were neighbors. Many places in rural Oregon without local TV.

We're paying around US$50 per month for 250kb dsl. A bit steep, but we are rural, and it is a treat to have dsl via our phone co-op that only charges $12 a month for phone service. By years end we will have fiberoptic to the front door. Hope to see rates drop then.

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Lucky you, willybfriendly! When I enquired as to how soon Qwest might be planning fib-op in this area etc. I was told that unless several hundred of "us" were willing to front a LOT OF MONEY, the bottom line was "NEVER". This was virtually the same response I got when I enquired of the major local ISP how soon we might hope for cable modem: "if 250 of you want to front $2500 each, we might be able to run cable out there in the next 5 years".

*sigh* Never happen.... Life in the outback of far southwestern Utah has its attractions. Connection is NOT one of them.... Believe it or not, I live ONLY 40 MILES from a small city of 60k +. THEY have "all of the above"....

[edited by: vkaryl at 2:16 am (utc) on July 24, 2004]

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3m down 1meg up - $125/month with 2 static ips. (road runner special)
2:27 am on July 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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vkaryl,

I still can't find where you got that quote. Here is the pricing on their website:

[getdway.com...]

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