Costa Rica has the cheapest mobile internet in Central America

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica is the only country in Central America where 1 gigabit (GB) of mobile data costs 0.7% of the country’s average monthly income, according to the latest Prosic report: Towards the information and communication society. knowledge 2021 published by the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

In El Salvador and Guatemala, 1 GB of data is almost five times more expensive for its population than in Costa Rica and Honduras, it is almost 14 times more expensive.

In the context of internet affordability, i.e. whether it is accessible or cheap, a value calculated by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) is the cost of 1 Gigabit (GB) of mobile data.

Based on this calculation, the “1 by 2” threshold has been set, defined by the United Nations Broadband Commission, in which it is determined that 1 GB of mobile data should not cost more than 2% of the average monthly income of a country.

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According to the entity, which promotes affordable access to the Internet for everyone in the world, the Internet is a necessity and not a luxury, in the context of the new digital age.

For its part, 1 GB of mobile data is equivalent to 3.14% in El Salvador; 3.51% in Guatemala; 4.42% in Belize; 5.39% in Nicaragua, and in Honduras, which would be the country with the most expensive mobile Internet for its population, at 9.66%.

This means that in El Salvador and Guatemala, 1 GB of data is almost five times more expensive for its population than in Costa Rica, and in Honduras it is almost 14 times more expensive.

“Without a doubt, the relatively more affordable cost of the Internet in Costa Rica has a positive impact on the digital divide; especially in the impact that income has on the possibilities that Costa Rican households have of acquiring the service,” explained Alejandro Amador, researcher at Prosic-UCR.

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