Express Connect allows you to create dedicated connections and hosted connections between data centers and virtual private clouds (VPCs). The billable items vary based on the connection type. This topic describes the billing rules of connections over Express Connect circuits.

Billing overview

Connection type Charged by Billable item
Dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

Use a dedicated Express Connect circuit to connect to Alibaba Cloud. For more information, see Connect to Alibaba Cloud through a dedicated Express Connect circuit.

Third-party service provider
  • Optical fiber installation
  • Cable rental
  • Optical transceiver module
Alibaba Cloud
  • Resource usage
  • Outbound data transfer
Hosted connections over Express Connect circuits

Use a shared Express Connect circuit pre-installed by an Express Connect partner to connect to Alibaba Cloud. For more information, see Overview.

Third-party service provider
  • Optical fiber installation
  • Cable rental
Alibaba Cloud
  • Resource usage
  • Outbound data transfer

Billing of dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

Billable items of dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

Dedicated Express Connect circuit
Charged by Billable item Description Payment method
Third-party service provider Optical fiber installation The connectivity provider charges you for the leased Express Connect circuit. You must contact the connectivity provider for the pricing of leasing an Express Connect circuit to connect to Alibaba Cloud.
Note Most access points of Alibaba Cloud are deployed in colocation data centers. When you install an Express Connect circuit in one of these data centers, you may need to purchase cables from the colocation provider. The access points in China (Zhangjiakou) and the following access points are deployed in Alibaba Cloud data centers: Hangzhou-Yuhang-B, Hangzhou-Yuhang-C, Hangzhou-Yuhang-D, Hangzhou-Yuhang-E, and Beijing-Langfang-A. When you install an Express Connect circuit in your data center, the colocation provider of your data center may also charge a cable fee.

For more information, contact the service provider.

Cable rental
Optical transceiver module Alibaba Cloud provides 1 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s single-mode optical transceiver modules free of charge. These optical transceiver modules support a maximum transmission distance of 10 km. To use the following single-mode optical transceiver modules, you must purchase them from a third party:
  • 1 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s single-mode optical transceiver modules that support a transmission distance greater than 10 km.
  • 40 Gbit/s and 100 Gbit/s single-mode optical transceiver modules.
Alibaba Cloud Initial installation Alibaba Cloud charges an initial installation fee for an Express Connect circuit.
Note Starting July 1, 2021, if you enable billing for outbound data transfer, you are not charged an installation fee.
Resource usage Alibaba Cloud charges a resource usage fee based on the specification of an Express Connect circuit. Monthly subscription. For more information, see Resource usage fees for dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits.
Outbound data transfer Alibaba Cloud charges you for data transmitted through dedicated Express Connect circuits from Alibaba Cloud to a data center.
  • You are charged for the outbound data transfer of all regions within your account.

    The data transfer fee for each region is calculated by using the following formula: Data transfer fee = Unit price of outbound data transfer × Amount of data transfer of all connections over Express Connect circuits

  • The owner of an Express Connect circuit pays outbound data transfer fees. If a dedicated connection over an Express Connect circuit is associated with a virtual border router (VBR) that belongs to another Alibaba Cloud account, the owner of the Express Connect circuit pays for the outbound data transfer of the VBR.
  • Fees are calculated and bills are generated on an hourly basis. If you use the service for less than 1 hour, the usage duration is rounded up to 1 hour.
Pay-by-data-transfer. For more information, see Outbound data transfer fees.

Resource usage fees for dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

The resource usage fee varies based on the specification of the Express Connect circuit. The following table describes the prices.
Note The prices in the table are provided only for reference. For more information about the actual prices, visit the buy page.
Express Connect circuit specification Unit price of resource usage in regions within the Chinese mainland (USD/month) Unit price of resource usage in regions outside the Chinese mainland (USD/month)
1 Gbit/s and below 85 210
10 Gbps 720 1,600
40 Gbps 2,450 5,500
100 Gbps 5,200 11,700

Billing of hosted connections over Express Connect circuits

Billable items of hosted connections over Express Connect circuits

Hosted connections over Express Connect circuits
Charged by Billable item Description Payment method
Third-party service provider Optical fiber installation If you want to use a hosted connection over an Express Connect circuit established by an Express Connect partner, you must contact the

Express Connect partner for circuit prices.

Cable rental
Alibaba Cloud Resource usage Alibaba Cloud charges a resource usage fee based on the specification of an Express Connect circuit. Monthly subscription. For more information, see Resource usage fees for hosted connections over Express Connect circuits.
Outbound data transfer Alibaba Cloud charges you for data transmitted through shared Express Connect circuits from Alibaba Cloud to a data center.
  • You are charged for the outbound data transfer of all regions within your account.

    The data transfer fee for each region is calculated by using the following formula: Data transfer fee = Unit price of outbound data transfer × Amount of data transfer of all connections over Express Connect circuits

  • Fees are calculated and bills are generated on an hourly basis. If you use the service for less than 1 hour, the usage duration is rounded up to 1 hour.
Pay-by-data-transfer. For more information, see Outbound data transfer fees.
Note
  • The owner of an Express Connect circuit can contact customer service of Alibaba Cloud to apply for permissions to create shared ports if the following requirements are met: The owner and user of the Express Connect circuit belong to the same enterprise within the Chinese mainland. The enterprise owns the A26 license issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
  • By default, shared ports are unavailable outside the Chinese mainland. To use this feature, Express Connect circuit owners can contact customer service of Alibaba Cloud to acquire the required permissions.

Resource usage fees for hosted connections over Express Connect circuits

The resource usage fee varies based on the specification of the Express Connect circuit. The following table describes the prices.
Note The prices in the table are provided only for reference. For more information about the actual prices, visit the buy page.
Express Connect circuit specification Unit price of resource usage in regions within the Chinese mainland (USD/month) Unit price of resource usage in regions outside the Chinese mainland (USD/month)
50 Mbps 20 20
100 Mbps 30 40
200 Mbps 40 55
300 Mbps 45 85
400 Mbps 55 115
500 Mbps 60 140
1 Gbps 85 210
2 Gbps 150 475
5 Gbps 375 1,100
8 Gbps 600 1,400
10 Gbps 720 1,600

Outbound data transfer fees

Note Alibaba Cloud provides an outbound data transfer quota for each Alibaba Cloud account. After you enable billing for outbound data transfer, you can use 50 TB of outbound data transfer free of charge each month until the end of December 31, 2022. Starting January 1, 2023, you are charged for the outbound data transfer in your service. For more information about how to enable billing for outbound data transfer, see Enable billing for outbound data transfer.

The unit price of outbound data transfer varies based on the region. The following table describes the prices.

The prices in the following table are for reference only. You can view the unit price of an Express Connect circuit in the bill.

Area Region Unit price(USD/GB)
Chinese mainland China (Hangzhou), China (Shanghai), China (Qingdao), China (Beijing), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Ulanqab), China (Shenzhen), China (Heyuan), China (Guangzhou), and China (Chengdu) 0.0125
Asia Pacific China (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), and Philippines (Manila) 0.0390
Indonesia (Jakarta) 0.0780
Australia (Sydney) 0.0399
India (Mumbai) 0.0428
Europe & Americas US (Silicon Valley), US (Virginia), Germany (Frankfurt), and UK (London) 0.0190
Middle East UAE (Dubai) 0.0855

Outbound data transfer plans

You can purchase data transfer plans to offset the outbound data transfer fees in your service. For more information, see Outbound data transfer plans. The following table describes the sizes and prices of data transfer plans.
Note The prices in the table are provided only for reference. For more information about the actual prices, visit the buy page.
Area Region 1 TB (USD) 10 TB (USD) 100 TB (USD)
Chinese mainland China (Hangzhou), China (Shanghai), China (Qingdao), China (Beijing), China (Zhangjiakou), China (Hohhot), China (Ulanqab), China (Shenzhen), China (Heyuan), China (Guangzhou), China (Chengdu), China (Wuhan), China (Shenyang), China (Nanjing), and China (Xi'an) 13 125 1,241
Asia Pacific China (Hong Kong), Singapore (Singapore), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), Philippines (Manila), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh), and Thailand (Bangkok) 39 390 3,871
Indonesia Indonesia (Jakarta) 79 780 7,742
Australia Australia (Sydney) 40 399 3,960
India India (Mumbai) 43 428 4,248
Europe & Americas US (Silicon Valley), US (Virginia), Germany (Frankfurt), and UK (London) 19 190 1,886
Middle East UAE (Dubai) and SAU (Riyadh) 87 855 8,486

Example of outbound data transfer billing

You have two data centers. One is located in Beijing and the other is located in Virginia. You want to use an Express Connect circuit to connect the data center in Beijing to an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance in a VPC deployed in the China (Beijing) region. You also want to connect the data center in Virginia to an ECS instance in a VPC deployed in the US (Virginia) region. After you use the same Alibaba Cloud account to establish connections over Express Connect circuits in these regions, data is transmitted through the connections from Alibaba Cloud to the data centers. 100 TB of outbound data is transferred in the China (Beijing) region per month. Then, 80 TB of outbound data is transferred in the US (Virginia) region per month.

  • Before the free quota of outbound data transfer expires, the outbound data transfer fee that you must pay each month is calculated by using the following formulas:
    • China (Beijing): USD 0.0125/GB × (100 - 50) × 1,024 GB = USD 640
    • US (Virginia): USD 0.0190/GB × 80 × 1,024 GB = USD 1,556.48

    Total fee = USD 640 + USD 1,556.48 = USD 2,196.48

  • After the free quota of outbound data transfer expires, the outbound data transfer fee that you must pay each month is calculated by using the following formulas:
    • China (Beijing): USD 0.0125/GB × 100 × 1,024 GB = USD 1,280
    • US (Virginia): USD 0.0190/GB × 80 × 1,024 GB = USD 1,556.48

    Total fee = USD 1,280 + USD 1,556.48 = USD 2,836.48