After Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) is activated, you are charged for connections, data forwarding, and bandwidth plans based on the transit router edition, network instance type, and region. This topic describes the billing rules of CEN.

Billing rules

Resource Scenario Billable item Billing rule Billing method Billing cycle
Enterprise Edition transit routers An Enterprise Edition transit router is connected to a virtual private cloud (VPC) or virtual border router (VBR). Connections You are charged based on the total number of VPCs and VBRs that are connected to the Enterprise Edition transit router. Pay-as-you-go 1 Hour

If the duration of use is less than 1 hour, it is rounded up to 1 hour.

Data forwarding You are charged for data transfer from the VPC or VBR to the Enterprise Edition transit router.

Data transfer from the Enterprise Edition transit router to the VPC or VBR is free of charge.

Pay-as-you-go
Bandwidth plans Bandwidth plans can be used to establish inter-region network communication.

To allow network instances in different regions to communicate with each other, you must purchase a bandwidth plan and create inter-region connections.

Bandwidth plans Each bandwidth plan is billed based on the bandwidth value. Subscription One month

Billing examples

The following example shows the billing rules of CEN.

Billing example - V2

A company uses CEN to establish network communication between the following network instances. After network communication is established, the following types of fee are charged:

  • A:
    • A connection fee for connecting the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Shenzhen) region to the VPC in the China (Shenzhen) region.
    • A data forwarding fee for transmitting data from the VPC in the China (Shenzhen) region to the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Shenzhen) region.
  • B:
    • A connection fee for connecting the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Hangzhou) region to the VPC in the China (Hangzhou) region.
    • A data forwarding fee for transmitting data from the VPC in the China (Hangzhou) region to the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Hangzhou) region.
  • C:
    • A connection fee for connecting the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Hangzhou) region to the VPC in the China (Hangzhou) region.
    • A data forwarding fee for transmitting data from the VBR in the China (Hangzhou) region to the Enterprise Edition transit router in the China (Hangzhou) region.
  • D:

    Fees of bandwidth plans that connect the network instances across regions.

    To enable network instances to communicate with each other across regions, the company must purchase a bandwidth plan that enables network communication inside the Chinese mainland. Then, the company must also establish inter-region connections between China (Hangzhou) and China (Qingdao), between China (Hangzhou) and China (Shenzhen), and between China (Qingdao) and China (Shenzhen). For more information, see Work with a bandwidth plan and Manage inter-region connections.

Pricing of connections and data forwarding by transit routers

Area Region Connection fee

Unit:(USD/hour/transit router)

Data forwarding fee

Unit:USD/GB.

Chinese mainland China (Hangzhou), China (Shanghai), China (Nanjing - Local Region), China (Shenzhen), China (Heyuan), China (Guangzhou), China (Qingdao), China (Beijing), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Ulanqab), and China (Chengdu) 0.05 0.02
Asia Pacific Singapore (Singapore), China (Hong Kong), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), India (Mumbai), Indonesia (Jakarta), Philippines (Manila), and Japan (Tokyo) 0.06
Europe Germany (Frankfurt) and UK (London)
North America US (Virginia) and US (Silicon Valley)
Australia Australia (Sydney)

Pricing of bandwidth plans

The following table describes the prices of subscription bandwidth plans that you can purchase for inter-region network communication inside the Chinese mainland. 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
Within Chinese mainland 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
>1000 USD 8/month for every Mbit/s

Expiration and overdue payments

Expiration of bandwidth plans

  • A bandwidth plan continues providing services within 15 days after the bandwidth plan expires. We recommend that you renew the bandwidth plan at the earliest opportunity.
  • 15 days after a bandwidth plan expires, services are suspended. Data forwarding is disabled.

    During the suspension period of a bandwidth plan, the system retains the settings related to the bandwidth plan. You can renew the bandwidth plan within 15 days after it is suspended. After you renew the bandwidth plan, services are restored.

  • If you do not renew a bandwidth plan within 15 days after it is suspended, the bandwidth plan is automatically released.

    You are notified by text message and email one day before the system releases your bandwidth plan. After the bandwidth plan is released, the settings and data related to the bandwidth are deleted and cannot be restored.

Overdue payments of transit routers

If a payment becomes overdue within your Alibaba Cloud account, transit routers are disabled. We recommend that you top up the account balance at the earliest opportunity.

If you top up your account balance when a transit router is disabled, the system automatically completes overdue payments and then enables the transit router.

Refunds

If you no longer use a bandwidth plan, you can request a refund for the bandwidth plan. To request a refund, submit a ticket.

FAQ

What fees is a Basic Edition transit router charged?

A Basic Edition transit router is billed for the bandwidth plans that you use to establish inter-region connections on the transit router.
Note Beginning March 31, 2022, CEN no longer supports Basic Edition transit routers. We recommend that you use Enterprise Edition transit routers. Enterprise Edition transit routers provide more features. For more information, see Features.

What fees is an Enterprise Edition transit router charged?

An Enterprise Edition transit router is billed for data forwarding and connections when the transit router is connected to VPCs or VBRs.