Internet: are prices in Algeria the lowest in Africa?

According to data from the English company Cable, which specializes in analyzing broadband prices, Algeria has Cheapest mobile internet in Africa in the year 2022.

The Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing Index 2022 estimates, based on the analysis of 5,000 packages in 233 countries and territories, the average cost of one gigabyte (1 GB) of mobile internet. This study, which divided the world into 13 regions, found that North Africa, with an average price of $1.05, is the region with the most affordable mobile data prices.

Map of mobile data prices worldwide in 2022 (Blue: low prices; Red: high prices) [source : cable.co.uk]

The cost of mobile internet in Africa

Six of the seven North African countries are in the lowest-priced half of the table. All countries in the area have an average cost lower than the world average ($3.12). Algeria, at a price of $0.48, is the place where a gigabyte of mobile data costs the least in Africa. In 2021, Algeria had occupied the second placee ranking place ($0.51).

Africa mobile data cost index table 2022

Algeria tops the table in the 2022 Africa Mobile Data Cost Index.

As for other regions of the African continent, in East Africa it is in Tanzania that we find the most affordable mobile plans; in West Africa, it is in Ghana; finally, in southern Africa, it is in Eswatini.

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North America, despite its technological advances, is the region where you’ll pay the highest price to buy mobile internet plans. That’s an average of $4.98 per gigabyte. Paradoxically, Sub-Saharan Africa is in second place. To get 1GB of mobile data in this region, you will need to pay $4.47.

Worldwide mobile data prices in 2022 by region

North Africa is the region of the world where a gigabyte of mobile data costs the least.

Compared to the 2021 index, there is an overall improvement in the cost of mobile data in most African countries. Thus, Africa has eight countries among the 50 cheapest countries in the world, but five of the 10 most expensive countries in the world are also in Africa. On the other hand, the continent has the slowest connection speed in the world.

Where is the most and cheapest mobile internet in the world?

Dan Howdle, consumer telecommunications analyst at Cable, explains that the countries with the cheapest mobile data fall into two categories: there are those with excellent fixed mobile broadband infrastructure that allows providers to offer large amounts of data. And there are those where broadband networks are less advanced, but whose economy depends heavily on mobile data; a situation that requires prices to remain low because that is what people can afford.

The five countries with the most expensive mobile data in 2022

According to Study of the cableThe five most expensive countries in terms of the average cost of 1GB of mobile data are: Saint Helena ($41.06), Falkland Islands ($38.45), São Tomé and Príncipe ($29.49), Tokelau ( 17.88 USD) and Yemen (16.58 USD).

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The similarities between these five nations are striking and obvious. Two of these five countries are in sub-Saharan Africa and four are island nations. Sub-Saharan Africa is the second most expensive region in the world for mobile data. Likewise, island nations tend to be among the least affordable areas for mobile internet.

The five countries with the cheapest mobile data in 2022

Also according to the same analysis, the five countries in the world where a gigabyte of mobile data costs less are: Israel ($0.04), Italy ($0.12), San Marino ($0.14), Fiji ($0.15) and India. ($0.17 USD).

Unlike the most expensive countries, only one of these countries is an island, and none of them are in sub-Saharan Africa. Italy offers the cheapest mobile data in Western Europe. Israel, a leader in 5G technology, continues to lead the world when it comes to mobile data prices.

The most and cheapest countries in the world for 1 GB mobile data

Before concluding, let’s remember that if Algeria has the lowest cost of mobile data in Africa, in terms of connection speed, our country is still behind. Indeed, according to a report by Dataportal (which we broadcast on Algeria 360), Algeria ranks 119th in the world (out of 139 countries) for mobile internet (average 13.63 Mb/s); and for the fixed connection it ranks 148th in the world (out of 182 countries), with an average speed of 9.87 Mb/s.

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