Pakistan is the most expensive country in South Asia after the Maldives to buy mobile data with the average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) at $1.85 or Rs 258.73 in local currency, revealed the research by price comparison site Cable.co.uk. India is not only offering the cheapest data pack in the region but in the world as well with $0.26 to buy 1GB. Sri Lanka offers 1GB at $0.78, Bangladesh at $0.99, Bhutan at $1.25, Afghanistan at $1.60, while the price of 1GB in the Maldives is $5.27.
Expensive Mobile Data-Average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) is $1.85 in Pakistan
6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries were gathered and analyzed by Cable.co.uk to compare the cost of one gigabyte (1GB) of mobile data across the entire world. The UK comes in at 136th, with 1GB of mobile data costing an average of $6.66.
The United States is one of the most expensive developed nations for purchasing mobile data, coming in 182nd in the world, and with an average 1GB cost of $12.37.
Zimbabwe is the most expensive country in which to buy mobile data. The average cost of 1GB there is $75.20 – 289 times the average cost in India.
Kyrgyzstan is a close second to India with 1GB costing $0.27 on average. It’s followed by fellow Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) countries Kazakhstan ($0.49) and Ukraine ($0.51) in third and fourth place, with Russia 12th on the list with an average 1GB cost of $0.91.
India is the cheapest country in which to buy mobile data, with the average cost of 1GB at $0.26.
The cheapest mobile data in Western Europe is in Finland, where the average price of 1GB is $1.16. Monaco ($1.21) is the second cheapest in Western Europe followed by Denmark ($1.36) and Italy ($1.73).
The UK ($6.66) is the 16th cheapest in Western Europe and 136th cheapest in the world. Within Eastern Europe, Poland ($1.32) is the cheapest followed by Romania ($1.89), Slovenia ($2.21) and Moldova ($2.82). Greece is the most expensive in the region, with 1GB of data costing $32.71 on average. Of the Baltic nations, Lithuania is the cheapest at $2.06. Israel is the cheapest country in the Near East region, with 1GB costing an average of $0.90. Jordan ($1.79) is second on the list, closely followed by Kuwait ($2.01) and Palestine (2.06). The most expensive mobile data deals in the region can be found in Cyprus, where the average price of 1GB is $20.25.
Asian nations make up half of the top 20 cheapest countries for mobile data, with India top and Sri Lanka ($0.78), Mongolia ($0.82) and Myanmar ($0.87) also in the top ten. Only three Asian countries are more expensive than the global average of $8.53 – Taiwan ($9.49), China ($9.89) and South Korea, the most expensive in the region at $15.12. All North African countries are in the cheapest half of the table.
Egypt is the cheapest in North Africa at $1.49 and even the most expensive in the region, Algeria ($5.15), is below the global average. Sub-Saharan Africa has three countries among the top ten cheapest in the world – Rwanda ($0.56), Sudan ($0.68) and the Democratic Republic of Congo ($0.88). The region also has four of the six most expensive countries on the list, with Zimbabwe joined by Equatorial Guinea ($65.83), Saint Helena ($55.47) and Djibouti ($37.92).