The combination of mobile phones and the internet gave us mobile data, the single, most convenient way of accessing the internet from anywhere. As technology advanced, mobile data costs became more and more common to use.
We are at a point where we don’t rely only on Wi-Fi to access the internet on our phone – those days are gone. The adoption of mobile data took a lot less time and places where mobile data is the only source of internet, there is not much choice. The adoption rate can be realized by the fact that mobile data in the last five years became available to more than a billion more people. The expansion of this convenient technology has made lives easier.This luxury, however, does come with a cost. There is a cost for mobile data usage, which is deducted from your prepaid or postpaid plan, whichever plan you might have subscribed to. Still, the mobile data costs are different in every country according to the availability. There are a few reasons why there is a difference, but the prominent reasons are probably the availability of mobile networks and their reliability.
Among the cheapest countries to charge for 1 GB of mobile data, India tops the chart with only 9c (USD) for 1 GB. It is closely followed by Israel and then Kyrgyzstan. On the contrary, the most expensive countries to charge for the same amount of data is Malawi as it charges USD 27.41, closely followed by Benin and then Chad.
India has a significant factor in market competition, making it cheaper and more accessible, whereas countries like Malawi lack the infrastructure and the data bundles offered are much smaller.
The chart below shows the different mobile data rates (in USD) for 1 GB in different countries.
Infographic by: visualcapitalist.com