The Cost of Internet: How Does Pakistan Compare to the Rest of the World?

Around the world, the cost to connect to the World Wide Web varies with every country, depending on many factors such as taxation, external costs, telecommunication costs etc. So, how does Pakistan compare with other countries when it comes to the price of Internet?

The average monthly cost of internet (10Mbps. Unlimited Data, Cable/DSL) in Pakistan is calculated to be around $35.81. This amount, although it may seem like a lot, is somewhat considerably low as compared to most countries, especially of the West, with United States and Canada both going over $40, as calculated on a monthly basis. However, with the average monthly income of the people of Pakistan, this amount is a mountain compared to other countries that have a much higher income per capita.

THE_COST_OF_INTERNETinfographicinternetcost2With the recent heavy tax impositions on the telecommunications industry in Pakistan, the internet costs have risen considerably. Another factor that could be the reason for high costs of internet is the carving up of territory by telecommunication companies. When there are only a handful of internet service providers in an area, there is less or no competition, which could be a major reason for the lack of competitive prices. For example, in Pakistan, cable/DSL internet is mainly provided by PTCL, which does not face a lot of competition in the sector.

The advent of wireless internet, 3G and 4G, however, has opened up a new door of affordable connectivity and as these services continue to improve and grow, internet would become more accessible and affordable to the people.

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  • If china and india can provide internet at half the price of internet in our country, why is it not possible here?

    • I guess because not many private playerd r there in Pakistan….if more players come in then competition heats up

      I hate those overcharging ISPs….

      • Aap ki soch hai bus private players bhi kafi hain jinhoon ne loot bazar garam kar rakha hai aur ptcl bhi privatized hogaya ab to!

        • there is no other soln

          either the govt has to invest in the govt owned ISP or let more private players join the game

          tho ur partially correct….recently all the private ISPs in my town hiked the 2G tarrifs….1 gb was for 98 rupees which was hiked to 248 rupees…that lasted 2 months and now back to old charges lol

    • No you can’t compare yourself to them. Look at their population there would be a difference of at least 1 ratio to 10 subscribers in Pakistan vs China, so thats why it’s cheap there. Plus private sector have no infrastructure at all so ptcl control the industry.

      • As you mentioned the subscribers. In Pakistan, the policy is:
        “DEMAND ∝ PRICE”.

        And you also can’t compare governemt to CN-Govt. Our (PK) Government DELIBERATELY IMPOSE tax on poor people. Only About 10% of those “RICH – COCK SUCKERS” are paying their taxes, rest of them are free even if they get loan Loan of Millions from banks, there is no LAW for them to return it back… BTW, all rules and regulations are only for the “MID/LOW CLASS” Public and “THEY ARE HAPPY WITH IT” because these M.F***** always choose their “OLD LEADERS”…

        We’re following corrupt people blindly as we part of this process. Can’t we think for their slogans?
        “KHADIM-E-PUNJAB” – Sara Pakistan, Punjab he hai bas…
        “ROTI, KAPRA or MAKAAN” – Kisi ko nahin milega, jo hai wo bhi le lengy…
        “PARHA LIKA PUNJAB” – Jese k baqi ka Pakistan Jahilo’n sy bhara hai…
        “BIBI ZINDA HAI” – Koi bhook sy he mar jaye, BIBI hamesha sy Zinda hai…

    • In India small packages are expensive compare to Pakistan. in-fact 2 years ago it was other way around. We were paying around $1.5 fr 1MB connection and Indians were paying around $2.2 per month and with limited download speed.

    • Indian company Reliance give 10GB 3G at Rs397 INR..

      previous month Reliance give Truely unlimited 3G at just Rs289 INR..

      Aircel also give 6GB 3G at Rs395 +

      Indian online recharge company like paytm, freecharge, shmart, citrus, payzapp always give Rs50 to Rs100 discount on online recharges.

  • surprised to see india has very low prices for internet which i doubt and also what is the source of this information ? OOKLA i guess?

    • I m not sure how costly is the internet in Pakistan…

      In India the Internet tarrifs and ISPs vary from place to place….In big cities there r more ISPs …more competition and hence cheap Tarrifs

      However in my town its not that cheap….for like I have to pay Rs 800 per month for 2 mbps broadband service….unlimited use but speed reduces to 512 kbps after 10 gb use

      So it changes from place to place

      would like to know how r the tarrifs in pakistan

      • here usually for 4MBps unlimited we pay around 2500 PKR (including taxes) without tax it is for 2100 PKR
        P.S: i am using 20Mbps unlimited and paying 3500 Apx. including taxes

        • that’s too much….here the tarrif cost is half to that

          the govt owned ISP ….BSNL offers 4 mbps for Rs 1275……but the speed is 4 mbps upto 20 gb usage….after that speed will drop to 2 mbps
          I dont know of other private ISP plans

          so does ur plan offer 4 mbps speed for unlimited data or for limited data and then speed drops to half for unlimited use?

          • in Pak 4 Mbps is practically unlimited (though company cap @ 50 GB but its unlimited) whereas 20 MBps i get almost 2000Kbps in peek time and in off peak time its almost 4000Kbps :) and yes its unlimited with upload ratio is 1:2

          • Shiva here downloads are mostly unlimited… Completely…. There is NO CAP of 10 GB to begin with. I am personally using 8mbps unlimited (NO CAP) for 30$, 40 MBPS with 300 GB cap for 20$ only. Currently I am also using 4G 10 GB for 5$ only…..
            It’s very cheap here…. People just get confused by so called unlimited plans of other countries and start weeping…. Hahahahahahaha…..

            • Private Indian Broadband company also give unlimited Internet without any cap.

              10Mbps Truely unlimited broadband at just $8 to $10 without any cap.

              25Mbps & 100Mbps broadband also available.

              but they are available limited cities.

              only govt own BSNL broadband available all over India.

              • Yes shiva that’s correct. And I’m aware of that. As I am a frequent visitor to India. It’s the same case here. Very limited cable dsl providers (established in local cities only) are even cheaper.
                But I was just quoting 3 major players available all over Pakistan. And they are damn cheap. I’m sure.
                The only comparatively cheaper internet I could find in Russia and China. Trust me!
                It’s just that being Pakistan we start weeping first and start thinking later.
                Recently I used Airtel 3G in Chennai and trust me …… No offence. Terrible!!!!
                Here I get 36-40 Mbps at best on 4G and 7-8 Mbps on 3G.

              • And sometimes this also happens…. Hate it when it happens, you get only 12.5 Mbps on 36 Mbps Connection….

        • 20Mbps and 3500 Rs Only ? are you sure you wrote it write? even 8Mbps is starting from 3000 Rs with limit cap of 10Gb.

      • Bro, Use Reliance 3G.. Reliance give cheapest 3G in India.
        u get 10GB 3G at Rs397 INR..
        sometimes reliance give special offer n u get extra 3.5Gb 3G means total 13.5GB 3G at Rs397 INR.

        and use always online recharge to get Rs50 to Rs100 discount.

  • What about “download limits” and the real 10Mbps (as in case of PTCL, the rates never reach what is agreed/advertised)?

    Can anyone share package/ISP, where one gets 10Mbps constant speed with no download limits at a cost of $35.81? Availability too.

  • ag subha mein nay zong card recharge kya
    phir 1GB pkg lagaya
    mein nay socha pkg automatically
    dobara na lag jaye
    mein nay unsub kar dya
    phir mein nay check kya
    mera sara balance ur gaya
    mere abhi 400 MB rehti thi
    Is there any way to recover that lost balance ?
    plz help

  • PTCL’s monopoly with third class connectivity :( ……hopefully 3g will be a good ointment for people

  • چارٹ حروف تہجی کے لحاظ سے نہیں ہونا چاہیئے تھا بلکہ کمی بیشی کے لحاظ سے۔ بائیں طرف سب سے کم لاگت والے ملک کا نام دیا جاتا اور دائیں طرف سب سے زیادہ لاگت والا آخر میں۔ اس سے ظاہر ہوتا کہ ہم کتنے ملکوں سے سستے اور کتنوں سے مہنگے۔

  • This is sad news that we are charging double than China and India but is probably all because of higher line charges originating from PTCL who maintain a monopoly on telecom infrastructure in the country.

  • Why did you forget to mention that pays in those countries are also quite higher as compared to Pakistan where lowest wage is Rs 13,000. Totally non-sense article.

    • >However, with the average monthly income of the people of Pakistan, this
      amount is a mountain compared to other countries that have a much
      higher income per capita.

      Did you even read the article?

  • Dear,
    In UAE, we see 84$, and we have the same management/policy in pakistan. Sold everything to Arabs Buddhu, these Paki’s never understand Arabs never sincere with Ajmi’s.

  • Fiberlink charges Rs. 5000 to Rs. 7000 as installation charges, no matter what’s your package!!! That makes no sense! I mean kis ka dimagh kharab hoga jo 5,000 installation charges pe kare, when there are other alternate options available like Mobilink Wifi or Charji EVO!!!

  • I dont believe most of the rates above, Myself have been to Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, USA….. The Rates except for Russia are extremely extremely high as compared to Pakistan. And in all above countries there is nothing as UNLIMITED internet except Russia. Mostly the net is capped at 50 or 100 GB. Truly unlimited internet costs way way high……
    Where are these figures from actually????

    • I have lived in China for 4 years and I know what you mean by cap thing. But China has kinda ChinaLAN websites hosted in China are fast and unblocked, while websites outside China are slow to access and often are blocked. If they charged us for 8m that was only within China but outside China speeds were low.

  • See the cheapest Indian Rates yourself: They Call it unlimited:::::
    Package NameSpeedFUP LimitSpeed Post FUPB-Max 400512 Kbps20GB256 KbpsB-MAX 6001 Mbps20GB786 KbpsB-MAX 8502 Mbps20GB1 MbpsB-MAX 100010 Mbps30GB2 MbpsB-MAX 150015 Mbps40GB4 MbpsB-MAX 250020 Mbps60GB6 Mbps

  • As you can see maximum cap is 60 GB….
    I mostly enjoy embarassing them showing internet plans for Pakistan!!!!
    Where did you get the rates Pro Pakistani??????????
    I have narrated my personal experience…..

    • I dont believe most of the rates above, Myself have been to Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, UAE, USA….. The Rates except for Russia are extremely extremely high as compared to Pakistan. And in all above countries there is nothing as UNLIMITED internet except Russia. Mostly the net is capped at 50 or 100 GB. Truly unlimited internet costs way way high……
      Where are these figures from actually????

      See the cheapest Indian Rates yourself: They Call it unlimited:::::
      Package NameSpeedFUP LimitSpeed Post FUPB-

      Max 400 512 Kbps20GB
      256 Kbps
      B-MAX 600 1Mbps 20GB
      786 Kbps

      B-MAX 850
      2 Mbps 20GB
      1 MbpsB-MAX 1000 10 Mbps30GB
      2 MbpsB-MAX 1500 15 Mbps40GB
      4 MbpsB-MAX 2500 20 Mbps60GB
      6 Mbps

      As you can see maximum cap is 60 GB….
      I mostly enjoy embarassing them showing internet plans for Pakistan!!!!
      Where did you get the rates Pro Pakistani??????????
      I have narrated my personal experience…..

      The article truly fails… but only when it fails to tell that Internet is Pakistan is very very cheap… Not Expensive

    • I do not care abt that….
      Btw… doesnt PTCL’S DSL upload speed also max out at 1 Mbps???

  • main samhajta hon ptcl ka dsl acha hai . aur after service bhi sahi hai . prices are also fine , but problem occurs due to taxes . government taxes should be reduced ,

  • its because ptcl ne logo ko chutiya banaya hua hai. 1mb k naam per 56kb, 2mb k naam per 100kb aur 4mb k naam per 256kb ka internet diya hua hai. agar aap ki uploading he 16/17 kb pe hai to downloading aap ko kya khaak milay gi. 1mb ka matlab hai 1mb download speed honi chahiye na k 56 se 70 kbps downloading. if it gives only 80 to 120 kbps speed why they call it a 2mb connection.

  • India:- JIO
    Now giving free phone (@ 1500 INR refundable security if returned within 3 years), with very affordable priced 4G data plans and TV cable service.
    This is where India stands as of now.


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