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Device Pricing 2022

In this third edition of the device pricing data collection, A4AI collected smartphone prices in 177 countries and feature phone prices in 90 countries. The prices were collected for new devices from the major mobile network operators between June - July 2022. 

The Costs of Exclusion: South Asia Regional Report

In this report, we highlight five policy interventions from across Asia to illustrate that action is possible. Our research documents the successes of the early adopters and describes the untapped potential in closing the digital gender gap. The REACT policy framework has been a guiding resource in this direction. 

Affordability Drivers Index (ADI)

The Affordability Drivers Index is a policy tool that assesses how well a country’s policy, regulatory, and overall supply-side environment is working to lower industry costs and ultimately create more affordable broadband.

Mobile Broadband Pricing

The latest edition of our mobile pricing data shows that 1GB of mobile broadband data became less affordable in 2021 than the previous year. This had significant consequences for people who greatly needed of internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic while they relied on the internet to access critical information, healthcare, and education services.

Affordability Report 2021

Illustration of a woman walking on a globe in front of a city
The 2021 Affordability Report, released in December 2021, takes stock of connectivity trends today to suggest a new future for Universal Service & Access Funds. It builds from broader theories of industrial policy — namely the ‘moonshot thinking’ that relates to the public-private partnerships that sent the first human beings to the moon — to re-examine the shortcomings of USAFs today and propose new ways forward for these institutions.

Affordability Report 2020

The 2020 Affordability Report looks at the state of policy progress to bring down the cost of internet access and points to the importance of effective national broadband plans (NBPs) in providing the conditions for internet prices to decline.

Affordability Report 2017

The 2017 Affordability Report looks at the policy frameworks in place across 58 low- and middle-income countries to determine what changes countries have made to drive prices down and expand access — and what areas they should focus on to enable affordable connectivity for all.