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UK Ranks 59th Out of 228 Countries for Price of 1GB Mobile Data

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 (8:32 am) - Score 1,169
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A new study has analysed 5,554 mobile data (mobile broadband) plans across 228 countries this year in order to compare the cost of a 1GB (GigaByte) data allowance, which found that the United Kingdom has significantly improved its rank to 59th (up from 136th in 2019) with an average price of $1.39 USD per GB (down from $6.66).

By comparison the United States (USA) came out of Cable.co.uk‘s latest study for 2020 as one of the most expensive developed nations for purchasing mobile data, ranking just 188th in the world, and with an median average 1GB cost of $8.00 – well above the global average of $5.09. Meanwhile the cheapest country is India ($0.09 per GB) and the most expensive came out as Saint Helena ($52.50 per GB).

NOTE: At the time of this study the USD to UK exchange rate was $1.24 to £1 (e.g. $1.39 = £1.12 in the table).

In terms of why the United Kingdom has seen such a big improvement, the finger of suspicion is firmly pointed at the fairly recent advent of “unlimited data” plans by Vodafone, O2 and EE (BT). Previously only Three UK seemed to offer such plans but they have now become much more common and that has had a big impact.

As usual though there is a significant catch to this study because, so far as we can tell, the average prices do not appear to have been weighted in order to reflect the often huge differences in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) between countries. In other words, take these results with a big pinch of salt, although they may still be useful for understanding different markets.

The application of PPP is vitally important because there can be massive differences between countries in terms of things like taxation, infrastructure standards or deployment costs, size of the state and salaries. Put another way, you might well pay significantly less for 1GB of data in some countries but that’s not always a fair real-world comparison.

We should add that several countries are missing from this report (North Korea, Eritrea etc.) due to either a lack of publicly available data or a lack of comparable data types. Furthermore in the handful of cases where only “unlimited data” deals are available in a certain country, the average data usage, per user, in that country was used to calculate the cost of 1GB.

The 2020 Average Cost of 1GB (Mobile Data) by Country

Rank Country Avg. Price of 1GB $ Cheapest 1GB $
1 India 0.09 0.02
2 Israel 0.11 0.06
3 Kyrgyzstan 0.21 0.10
4 Italy 0.43 0.09
5 Ukraine 0.46 0.25
6 Kazakhstan 0.46 0.30
7 Somalia 0.50 0.18
8 Sri Lanka 0.51 0.14
9 Russian Federation 0.52 0.17
10 Vietnam 0.57 0.04
11 Fiji 0.59 0.32
12 China 0.61 0.14
13 Sudan 0.63 0.25
14 Indonesia 0.64 0.13
15 Algeria 0.65 0.16
16 Australia 0.68 0.28
17 Pakistan 0.69 0.07
18 Poland 0.70 0.03
19 Bangladesh 0.70 0.13
20 Chile 0.71 0.29
21 Turkey 0.72 0.32
22 Réunion 0.72 0.22
23 Tanzania 0.73 0.30
24 Dominican Republic 0.74 0.27
25 Mongolia 0.74 0.37
26 Iran 0.75 0.12
27 Kuwait 0.77 0.12
28 Myanmar 0.78 0.72
29 Denmark 0.80 0.20
30 France 0.81 0.11
31 Nepal 0.86 0.26
32 Belarus 0.89 0.05
33 Georgia 0.93 0.24
34 Ghana 0.94 0.19
35 Monaco 0.98 0.65
36 Western Sahara 0.99 0.50
37 Morocco 0.99 0.50
38 Brazil 1.01 0.23
39 Romania 1.03 0.65
40 Jordan 1.03 0.46
41 Kenya 1.05 0.27
42 Armenia 1.05 0.50
43 Austria 1.08 0.16
44 Mayotte 1.08 0.54
45 Egypt 1.09 0.24
46 Moldova 1.12 0.27
47 Malaysia 1.12 0.35
48 Djibouti 1.12 0.47
49 Bhutan 1.16 0.39
50 San Marino 1.16 1.16
51 Thailand 1.23 0.18
52 Guernsey 1.24 0.51
53 Estonia 1.27 0.36
54 Uzbekistan 1.34 0.23
55 Ireland 1.36 0.65
56 Zambia 1.36 0.68
57 Tunisia 1.37 0.31
58 Nigeria 1.39 0.48
59 United Kingdom 1.39 0.22
60 Philippines 1.42 0.95
61 El Salvador 1.45 0.50
62 Argentina 1.45 0.44
63 Iceland 1.46 0.14
64 Rwanda 1.48 0.35
65 Slovenia 1.48 0.08
66 Cambodia 1.50 0.25
67 Afghanistan 1.55 0.01
68 Uruguay 1.58 0.59
69 Serbia 1.60 0.21
70 Uganda 1.62 0.44
71 Isle of Man 1.66 0.56
72 Jersey 1.71 0.56
73 Nicaragua 1.71 0.95
74 Macedonia 1.75 0.44
75 Spain 1.81 0.40
76 Lithuania 1.85 0.52
77 Azerbaijan 1.86 0.01
78 Congo 1.94 0.35
79 Guam 2.00 1.39
80 Sweden 2.07 0.15
81 Guinea 2.08 0.15
82 Timor-Leste 2.08 0.83
83 Saudi Arabia 2.12 0.27
84 Burundi 2.12 0.35
85 Peru 2.13 0.99
86 Lesotho 2.13 0.53
87 Finland 2.14 1.73
88 Guatemala 2.17 1.30
89 Bulgaria 2.22 0.57
90 Bahrain 2.27 1.77
91 Paraguay 2.30 0.48
92 Faroe Islands 2.41 1.07
93 Guadeloupe 2.42 0.75
94 Ethiopia 2.44 1.80
95 Singapore 2.47 0.47
96 Burkina Faso 2.47 1.24
97 Croatia 2.48 0.29
98 Mauritius 2.48 0.65
99 American Samoa 2.50 1.33
100 Palau 2.50 1.00
101 Hong Kong 2.55 0.62
102 Martinique 2.60 0.54
103 Brunei Darussalam 2.64 1.76
104 Northern Mariana Islands 2.65 1.39
105 Haiti 2.74 0.17
106 Costa Rica 2.74 1.74
107 Cameroon 2.75 0.33
108 Albania 2.83 0.87
109 Macau 2.89 1.21
110 The Netherlands 2.98 0.81
111 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.04 0.47
112 Honduras 3.12 2.50
113 Côte d’Ivoire 3.20 2.20
114 Ecuador 3.24 1.36
115 Åland Islands 3.24 2.16
116 Belize 3.25 1.16
117 Liberia 3.25 0.97
118 Palestine, State of 3.26 1.70
119 Saint Lucia 3.27 1.94
120 Niger 3.30 1.10
121 Senegal 3.30 0.55
122 Saint-Martin (France) 3.32 0.54
123 Mozambique 3.33 2.96
124 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3.33 1.48
125 Tonga 3.41 1.20
126 Colombia 3.46 0.78
127 French Guiana 3.61 0.54
128 Malta 3.62 1.18
129 Sierra Leone 3.69 2.29
130 United Arab Emirates 3.78 0.87
131 Latvia 3.79 1.45
132 Lebanon 3.82 1.09
133 Slovakia 3.84 0.79
134 Maldives 3.88 1.85
135 Jamaica 3.88 2.94
136 Luxembourg 3.89 1.81
137 Japan 3.91 1.07
138 Montenegro 3.94 0.13
139 Liechtenstein 4.01 1.68
140 Germany 4.06 1.36
141 Saint Barthélemy (St. Barts) 4.06 0.54
142 Qatar 4.12 0.82
143 Guinea-Bissau 4.12 2.01
144 Mali 4.12 1.10
145 Lao People’s Democratic Republic 4.16 0.37
146 Iraq 4.20 1.05
147 Vanuatu 4.25 0.75
148 South Africa 4.30 0.32
149 Comoros 4.38 1.10
150 Togo 4.50 2.20
151 Niue 4.50 0.68
152 Oman 4.58 0.26
153 Mauritania 4.63 2.65
154 Tajikistan 4.65 0.97
155 Sint Maarten 4.66 0.84
156 Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4.67 1.00
157 Libya 4.73 1.18
158 Mexico 4.77 1.00
159 Namibia 4.78 1.84
160 Cape Verde 4.81 2.45
161 New Caledonia 4.81 1.95
162 Belgium 4.88 1.27
163 Gabon 4.89 0.97
164 Suriname 4.92 1.91
165 Dominica 4.92 1.85
166 Portugal 4.97 1.08
167 Bolivia 5.09 1.94
168 Gambia 5.10 2.38
169 Norway 5.28 0.62
170 Angola 5.29 1.41
171 Hungary 5.32 0.18
172 Grenada 5.37 1.85
173 Papua New Guinea 5.40 1.44
174 Guyana 5.46 3.83
175 Svalbard and Jan Mayen 5.90 1.89
176 Taiwan 5.91 0.64
177 Anguilla 5.92 1.85
178 Trinidad and Tobago 5.92 0.23
179 Bahamas 6.02 4.01
180 New Zealand 6.06 0.99
181 Syria 6.55 1.46
182 Panama 6.69 2.68
183 Antigua and Barbuda 7.17 3.15
184 Micronesia (Federated States of) 7.20 0.90
185 Gibraltar 7.38 3.08
186 British Indian Ocean Territory 7.50 6.67
187 Czech Republic 7.95 0.83
188 United States 8.00 2.20
189 Central African Republic 8.25 2.75
190 Montserrat 8.33 1.85
191 Switzerland 8.38 1.68
192 Solomon Islands 8.53 6.00
193 Madagascar 8.81 2.91
194 Aruba 9.11 6.85
195 Puerto Rico 9.17 1.00
196 Barbados 9.32 4.97
197 Andorra 9.54 5.60
198 Greenland 9.56 5.08
199 Caribbean Netherlands 9.95 1.50
200 Kiribati 10.50 3.91
201 Samoa 10.86 1.25
202 South Korea 10.94 0.43
203 Curaçao 11.06 2.23
204 Saint Kitts and Nevis 11.07 1.85
205 Seychelles 11.43 3.29
206 Turkmenistan 11.44 10.01
207 Greece 12.06 3.25
208 Virgin Islands (British) 12.50 5.00
209 Canada 12.55 1.78
210 Equatorial Guinea 12.78 9.90
211 Eswatini 13.31 2.63
212 Cuba 13.33 11.25
213 Turks and Caicos Islands 13.33 5.00
214 Cyprus 13.56 3.62
215 Botswana 13.87 9.00
216 French Polynesia 15.42 3.38
217 Yemen 15.98 3.20
218 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 16.98 16.78
219 Tokelau 17.75 13.47
220 Cayman Islands 23.05 7.42
221 Chad 23.33 1.98
222 Benin 27.22 0.49
223 Malawi 27.41 21.92
224 São Tomé and Príncipe 28.26 13.27
225 Bermuda 28.75 5.00
226 Nauru 30.47 11.12
227 Falkland Islands 40.41 26.94
228 Saint Helena 52.50 51.42

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1 Response
  1. Avatar Guy Cashmore says:

    Thank you Three for ending the ‘data cartel’ that was operating in the UK, no longer am I being ripped off £1 per GB by EE.

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