Bandwidth plans are not required when you connect network instances in the same region. To connect network instances in different regions, you must purchase a bandwidth plan. This topic describes the billing method of bandwidth plans.

Billing of subscription bandwidth plans

  • Billing method: subscription.

    You must complete the payment before you can use a subscription bandwidth plan.

  • Billable item: bandwidth.

    You are charged based on the bandwidth limit of a bandwidth plan. The minimum bandwidth limit of a bandwidth plan is 2 Mbit/s. The prices of bandwidth plans vary based on the connected areas and bandwidth limit. For more information, see Prices of subscription bandwidth plans.

  • Billing cycle: one month.

    Subscription bandwidth plans cannot be deleted and are automatically released upon expiration.

Billing of pay-by-bandwidth bandwidth plans

  • Billing method: pay-by-bandwidth.

    The pay-by-bandwidth billing method allows you to pay only for the amount of bandwidth that you use.

  • Billable item: bandwidth.

    You are charged based on the bandwidth limit of a bandwidth plan. The minimum bandwidth limit of a bandwidth plan is 2 Mbit/s. The prices of bandwidth plans vary based on the connected areas and bandwidth limit. You can refer to the buy page for the prices.

  • Billing cycle: one day.

    If you use a bandwidth plan for less than one day, the usage duration is rounded up to one day. For example, if you purchase a bandwidth plan at 23:00 and you use it for less than one day, you are still charged for one day.

Notice
  • By default, you cannot purchase bandwidth plans that are billed on a pay-by-bandwidth basis. To use this feature, submit a ticket.
  • We recommend that you delete pay-as-you-go bandwidth plans that you no longer need. The billing of a bandwidth plan stops only after you delete the bandwidth plan.

Areas and regions that support bandwidth plans

When you purchase a bandwidth plan, you must specify the areas to be connected. Each area contains one or more regions. The following table describes the areas and regions that support bandwidth plans.

Area Region
Mainland China China (Qingdao), China (Beijing), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Ulanqab), China (Shenzhen), China (Heyuan), China (Hangzhou), China (Shanghai), and China (Chengdu)
North America US (Silicon Valley) and US (Virginia)
Asia Pacific China (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Japan (Tokyo), Indonesia (Jakarta), and India (Mumbai)
Europe Germany (Frankfurt) and UK (London)
Australia Australia (Sydney)

Prices of subscription bandwidth plans

The following table describes the prices of subscription bandwidth plans that you can purchase for cross-region data transmission in mainland China. For more information about the prices of subscription bandwidth plans that you can purchase for other areas, refer to the buy page in the console.

Areas to be connected Bandwidth (Mbit/s) Unit price
Mainland China to mainland China 0 to 100 (including 100) USD 34/month for every Mbit/s
100 to 1,000 (including 1,000) USD 13/month for every Mbit/s
1,000 and higher USD 8/month for every Mbit/s
Billing examples of subscription bandwidth plans

The bandwidth limit of a bandwidth plan equals the sum of bandwidth that you allocate for all cross-region connections. For example, you want to allocate 100 Mbit/s of bandwidth for the connection between the China (Beijing) and China (Shanghai) regions and 10 Mbit/s of bandwidth for the connection between the China (Shanghai) and China (Shenzhen) regions for one month. In this case, you must purchase a bandwidth plan and specify mainland China as both areas to be connected, and set the bandwidth limit to 110 Mbit/s. The total amount that you must pay for the bandwidth plan is:

USD 34/month for every Mbit/s × 100 Mbit/s × 1 (month) + USD 13/month for every Mbit/s × 10 Mbit/s × 1 (month) = USD 3,530

After you purchase the bandwidth plan, you must connect the China (Beijing) region to the China (Shanghai) region and connect the China (Shanghai) region to the China (Shenzhen) region. Then, allocate 100 Mbit/s of bandwidth for the connection between the China (Beijing) and China (Shanghai) regions. Allocate 10 Mbit/s of bandwidth for the connection between the China (Shanghai) and China (Shenzhen) regions. This way, the China (Beijing) and China (Shanghai) regions can communicate with each other. The China (Shanghai) and China (Shenzhen) regions can communicate with each other. However, the China (Beijing) and China (Shenzhen) regions cannot communicate with each other.