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Mobile Broadband Data Costs (2016)

The below figures use International Telecommunication Union (ITU) methodology to determine the cheapest handset-based mobile prepaid broadband plans (i.e., the cheapest plan providing at least 1GB of broadband data over a 30-day period from the largest mobile network operator in each country). The pricing data was collected by A4AI in 2016; Gross National Income (GNI) per capita data is from the World Bank, 2016. A4AI plans to reproduce this research to produce new pricing data each year for low- and middle-income countries.

 

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Price of Broadband Data (1GB mobile prepaid) as % of GNI per capita, 2016

 

COUNTRYPRICE AS % OF INCOME (2016)PRICE AS % OF INCOME (2015)
Sri Lanka0.43%0.48%
Egypt0.47%1.19%
Kazakhstan0.62%0.56%
Malaysia0.82%1.19%
Vietnam1.04%2.73%
Mauritius1.06%1.12%
Thailand1.19%2.27%
Pakistan1.22%2.07%
Turkey1.23%1.18%
Mexico1.29%2.03%
Brazil1.40%1.97%
Tunisia1.41%1.56%
Indonesia1.45%1.53%
Nigeria1.57%6.54%
Argentina1.58%1.51%
Dominican Republic1.63%3.97%
Costa Rica1.85%2.02%
Philippines2.02%3.80%
Colombia2.02%1.79%
Morocco2.10%2.05%
Cambodia2.11%3.36%
Jordan2.17%1.45%
South Africa2.35%2.48%
Sudan2.60%0.99%
Bangladesh2.66%3.63%
India2.69%3.55%
China2.89%Data not available.
Bolivia2.90%2.89%
Namibia3.49%2.69%
Peru3.60%3.80%
Senegal3.87%10.20%
Jamaica3.94%1.26%
Ghana4.11%3.89%
Ecuador4.12%6.58%
Guatemala4.20%Data not available.
Kenya4.33%9.72%
Nepal4.60%9.14%
Botswana5.11%5.74%
Haiti5.90%7.94%
Tanzania6.25%8.74%
Côte d'Ivoire6.36%7.23%
Cameroon6.43%12.27%
Mozambique6.85%11.94%
Nicaragua8.12%9.45%
Rwanda8.42%20.16%
Honduras9.75%8.56%
Zambia12.25%14.94%
Yemen13.39%12.48%
Ethiopia13.53%19.63%
Burkina Faso15.10%15.45%
Uganda15.33%27.71%
Benin16.50%16.60%
The Gambia17.85%14.12%
Mali19.33%19.37%
Malawi20.09%35.96%
Zimbabwe44.68%Data not available.
VenezuelaData not available.3.51%
MyanmarData not available.5.90%
Sierra LeoneData not available.51.89%