Africa’s most affordable mobile internet is in Algeria — Quartz Africa

If you’re looking to spend as little as possible on mobile internet, any of the seven North African countries will be a good choice, according to data published by UK internet accessibility analytics firm Cable.

The Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing Index 2022, which analyzed the average cost of a gigabyte (1GB) of mobile internet from more than 5,000 mobile data plans in 233 territories, found that of the 13 regions surveyed , North Africa leads in affordability of mobile data at an average price. of $1.05.

Cost of mobile internet in Africa

“All but one of the seven countries in North Africa are in the cheapest half of the table. All countries in this region are cheaper than the world average of $3.12. Algeria is the cheapest in $0.48,” the study said. The other six nations are Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Western Sahara, Libya, and Mauritania.

North America, despite its technological advancements, is where you will pay the most in the world to buy internet data plans at $4.98, followed by sub-Saharan Africa at $4.47.

Somalia, which at $0.50 offered the cheapest internet in Africa in 2020, was pushed to third position last year and comes fourth this year at a price of $0.63. Algeria ($0.51) was second last year as Sudan took the lead with $0.27.

The cost of mobile data is falling in Africa

Compared to last year’s index, there is a general improvement in the cost of mobile data in most countries in Africa. Kenya recorded the biggest improvement, but Tanzania remains the cheapest place in East Africa to buy mobile internet for the third consecutive year.

The most affordable mobile data in West Africa is in Ghana, while Eswatini is the cheapest country to buy data in Southern Africa.

The report points out that countries with long-established 4G infrastructure or new 5G infrastructure tend to enjoy cheaper internet “due to the fact that their mobile data plans tend to offer significantly more data than the global median, typically capping at hundreds of gigabytes, or even completely unlimited.

Africa has eight countries among the 50 cheapest countries in the world, but five of the 10 most expensive countries in the world are also African. The continent is also home to the world’s slowest internet despite a drift towards 5G.

Where is the most expensive and cheapest internet in the world?

“Many of the cheapest countries to buy mobile data from fall roughly into one of two categories. Some have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure and so providers are able to offer large amounts of data, driving down the price per gigabyte Others with less advanced broadband networks rely heavily on mobile data and economics dictate that prices need to be low because that’s what people can afford says Dan Howdle, consumer telecommunications analyst at Cable in the report.

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