Broadband Research Report Reveals Zimbabwe As Most Expensive Country For Mobile Data In Africa

According to the UK-based broadband research firm Cable, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the most expensive countries in which one can purchase mobile data.

The cost of mobile data (in US Dollars) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Rwanda is 88 cents, 68 cents and 56 cents per 1GB respectively.

Statistics have shown Zimbabwe as having the most expensive data in Africa.
Telecom industry sources in Zimbabwe say that mobile companies will apply for an upward review of data fees due to massive inflation increases.

Cable declared that according to its research, Zimbabwe is currently the most expensive country to buy mobile data. States revealed that the average cost for 1GB there is US$75.20 – which is 289 times the average cost in India (which Cable identified to have the cheapest mobile data in the world).

Right behind Zimbabwe is Equatorial Guinea, where mobile data is said to cost US$65.83 per 1GB and Djibouti which has average data costs of approximately US$37.92 per 1GB.
The average cost of mobile data in Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania, Lesotho and Zambia is US$7.51, US$2.43 and US$2.25 per 1GB respectively.

In North Africa, Egypt proved to be the cheapest at US$1.49 per 1GB, with Algeria being the most expensive in the region at US$5.15 average per 1GB.

Cable’s Consumer Telecoms Analyst, Dan Howdle said that at the more expensive end of the list are countries where the infrastructure is poor, but also where the consumption is quite small. He said that in those countries people often buy data packages of very little megabytes at a time, making a gigabyte a relatively large and expensive amount of data to purchase.

Airtel and Safaricom in Kenya increased data tariffs in October 2018, while Algeria also hiked up taxes for telcos through the Finance Bill.

The Research Director at World Wide Web Foundation, Dhanaraj Thakur recently said that mobile internet connectivity would be even more expensive for people who earn less than average incomes in struggling countries in Africa; and felt that that would be unfortunate.

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