Mobile Broadband Pricing
Data for Q4 2018
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- See also data from previous years
Methods and Sources
The above figures are based on International Telecommunication Union (ITU) methodology to determine the cheapest handset-based mobile prepaid broadband plan per country. That is, the cheapest plan(s) 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 for the last quarter (Oct-Dec) of 2018.
Gross National Income (GNI) per capita data is from the World Bank, 2017. No GNI data was available for Somalia, South Sudan, Equatorial Guinea and Cuba.
The exchange rates are for Q4 2018 and based on quarter averages from Google Finance and OANDA.com.
In some countries, smaller data bundles (e.g., 100MB) are not available and instead we identify the cheapest option to purchase that bundle. This may lead to the same price for several bundles. For example, in Argentina 100MB plans are not available from the largest operator, and so purchasing just 100MB of data would cost the same as purchasing 1GB.
For the Central African Republic, Somalia, Solomon Islands and Equatorial Guinea the prices of the second largest operator were taken since the website of the largest operator did not display enough information.