This topic describes the billing method and billable items of connections over Express Connect circuits. You can connect your data center to Alibaba Cloud by using a dedicated connection or a hosted connection over an Express Connect circuit. Both dedicated connections and hosted connections are charged by Alibaba Cloud and third-party service providers.

Note
  • Dedicated connection: Use a dedicated Express Connect circuit to connect to Alibaba Cloud.
  • Hosted connection: Use an Express Connect circuit pre-installed by an Express Connect partner to connect to Alibaba Cloud.

Billing of dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

Billable items of dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits

Billing of dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits
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 data center in the China (Zhangjiakou) region and the data center where the Hangzhou-Yuhang-A access point is deployed are owned and managed by Alibaba Cloud. When you install an Express Connect circuit in your data center, the colocation provider of your data center may also charge you for indoor cables.

One-off payment or subscription.

Indoor cable rental
Optical transceiver module Alibaba Cloud provides 1 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s optical transceiver modules free of charge. These optical transceiver modules support a maximum transmission distance of 10 km. To use the following optical transceiver modules, you must purchase them from a third party:
  • 1 Gbit/s and 10 Gbit/s optical transceiver modules that support a transmission distance greater than 10 km.
  • 40 Gbit/s and 100 Gbit/s optical transceiver modules.
Alibaba Cloud Initial installation Alibaba Cloud charges an initial installation fee for the Express Connect circuit. A one-off payment of USD 1,500 for each 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 resource usage fees based on the specification of the 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. Outbound data transfer fee for a region = Unit price of outbound data transfer of the region × Total amount of outbound data transferred through all dedicated connections over Express Connect circuits in the region.

The owner of an Express Connect circuit pays for outbound data transfer fees. If the dedicated Express Connect circuit is associated with a VBR that belongs to another Alibaba Cloud account, the owner of the Express Connect circuit pays for the outbound data transfer fees 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.
VBR
  • Starting July 1, 2021, if you enable billing for outbound data transfer, you are not charged VBR fees.

    If you have enabled billing for outbound data transfer and prepaid VBR fees for the months after July 1, 2021, you can request a refund. For more information about the rules and procedure for requesting a refund, see Rules for canceling the subscription of an Alibaba Cloud service.

  • If billing for outbound data transfer is disabled, you can create at most five VBRs for an Express Connect circuit free of charge within the current Alibaba Cloud account. You are charged for VBRs that exceed the quota.

    Users of Express Connect circuits must pay for VBRs. For more information, see VBR fees.

Note
  • The owner of an Express Connect circuit can contact a sales manager 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 not available outside the Chinese mainland. To use this feature, Express Connect circuit owners can contact a sales manager of Alibaba Cloud to acquire the required permissions.

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 pricing of different Express Connect circuit specifications.

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

Billing of 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 can contact the Express Connect partner for circuit prices.

One-off payment.

Indoor cable rental
Alibaba Cloud Resource usage Alibaba Cloud charges resource usage fees based on the specification of the 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. Outbound data transfer fee for a region = Unit price of outbound data transfer of the region × Total amount of outbound data transferred through all hosted connections over Express Connect circuits in the region.

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. Owners of shared ports must pay for outbound data transfer.

Pay-by-data-transfer. For more information, see Outbound data transfer fees.

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 pricing of different Express Connect circuit specifications.

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

VBR fees

Users of Express Connect circuits must pay for VBRs. The VBR fee varies based on the specification of the VBR. The following table describes the pricing of different Express Connect circuit specifications.

Billable item VBR specification Unit price (USD/month)
VBR fee (within the Chinese mainland) 50 Mbps 75
100 Mbps 110
200 Mbps 150
300 Mbps 165
400 Mbps 175
500 Mbps 185
VBR fee (outside the Chinese mainland) 50 Mbps 20
100 Mbps 40
200 Mbps 55
300 Mbps 80
400 Mbps 105
500 Mbps 125

Outbound data transfer fees

The outbound data transfer fee varies based on the region. The following table describes the pricing of different Express Connect circuit specifications.

Note 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.

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), China (Taiwan), 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 Enable billing for outbound data transfer. The following table describes the sizes and prices of data transfer plans.
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

Note The billing example is for reference only.

You have two data centers. One is located in the China (Beijing) region and the other is located in the US (Virginia) region. You want to use an Express Connect circuit to connect the data center in the China (Beijing) region to an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance in a virtual private cloud (VPC) deployed in the China (Beijing) region. You also want to connect the data center in the US (Virginia) region 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.

  • During the validity period of the free outbound data transfer plan, you must pay for the outbound data transfer each month:
    • China (Beijing): USD 0.0125/GB × (100 - 50) × 1,000 GB = USD 625
    • US (Virginia): USD 0.0190/GB × 80 × 1,000 GB = USD 1,520

    Total fee = USD 625 + USD 1,520 = USD 2,145

  • 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 × 1,000 GB = USD 1,250
    • US (Virginia): USD 0.0190/GB × 80 × 1,000 GB = USD 1,520

    Total fee = USD 1,250 + USD 1,520 = USD 2,770