Africa comes off badly in mobile data costs survey

Africa comes off badly in mobile data costs survey

Mobile data is least affordable in African countries. That’s a major finding of a recent blog on the Top Dollar Financial Insights Hub, offered by US debt relief options and savings company Accredited Debt Relief.

Top Dollar gathered the cost and speed of mobile data in every country, comparing price to megabits per second (Mbps) to find the best value around the world and comparing price per 1GB to average local income to see where mobile data is most affordable.

The results don’t look good for Africa, which heads the least affordable ratings overall, though only two countries (Namibia and Cote d’Ivoire) were in the top ten for worst value. They appeared alongside Syria, Panama, Cuba, Tajikistan, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Paraguay and Afghanistan.

The key findings of the research were, firstly, that Israel has the best value mobile data in the world: $0.01 for 10GB data per 1Mbps download speed. Mobile data is also most affordable in Israel, where 10GB costs the equivalent of 0.02 percent of the average monthly pay cheque.

Other countries offering the best value – and that also appear in Developing Telecoms coverage – include China, Kyrgystan, Kuwait, Fiji and Moldova.

Namibia has the worst-value mobile data in the world: $11.36 for 10GB data per 1Mbps download speed. However, Malawi gets the prize for the least affordable mobile data in the world, with 10GB costing 841.78 percent of the average monthly pay cheque.

The overall finding? You don’t have to live in a high-income country to have affordable mobile data – but it helps. 

For further details – and methodology – you can check out the blog here.

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