The US is one of the most expensive countries in the world for mobile data, according to a new study
US is one of the most expensive countries in the world for mobile data, with prices 90 TIMES higher than India, which is the cheapest
- A new study of mobile data costs around the world brought the US to the top
- The average price of 1 GB in the US was $ 8.00, 18th on a list of 155
- India was the cheapest mobile data country, where 1 GB costs just $ 0.09
After a few decades of extraordinary growth, there are more mobile phones on the planet than there are people – and it’s big business to power all those phones.
However, the difference in mobile data costs between countries can vary enormously.
A new report looked at average data prices in 155 different countries around the world and found a 30,000% difference between the cheapest and most expensive markets.
A report on average mobile data prices from 155 countries around the world found the US to be the 18th most expensive country in the world, with an average cost of $ 8.00 for 1 GB of mobile data
The US is ranked as the 18th most expensive country in the world for mobile data, with an average price of $ 8.00 for 1 GB of mobile data, according to the report, from VisualCapitalist.
The most expensive countries in the world were in Subsaharan Africa, where low population density and a lack of national cell tower infrastructure make access to mobile data difficult.
Malawi was the most expensive mobile data country in the world: 1 GB cost an average of $ 27.41, while the top five were filled by Benin, Chad, Yemen and Botswana.
“For congested networks, the data bundles offered in the region are generally smaller,” the report explains. “This increases the average cost per GB compared to countries with unlimited packages.”
The cheapest mobile data in the world comes from India, where the cost of 1 GB is only $ 0.09, something the researchers attribute to the escalating competition between the country’s four main service providers.
The current market leader, Jio, provides data to nearly 383 million Indians, or about 33% of the country’s total mobile market.
The researchers expect prices for mobile data to rise sharply when new 5G plans are introduced
The company’s main competitors – Airtel and Vodafone Idea – both cover more than 28% of the country’s population, respectively, leading to aggressive sales prices and special offers, including free trials for new subscribers, and plans starting with the equivalent from just $ 1 a month.
The countries with the second cheapest data were Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Italy and Ukraine, all characterized by a high percentage of the population who regularly used telephones, as well as a relatively well-developed national infrastructure.
According to the researchers, average data prices could rise significantly in the coming years as more countries reveal 5G.
A recent market report from Ericsson estimated that by the end of 2020, approximately 84 million people worldwide would sign up for 5G, and that number would increase to 645 million within two years.
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G-system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone with which analog data could be sent via telephone calls.
Digital entered the game in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the possibilities and capacity for the mobile network have increased enormously.
More data can be transferred from one point to another over the mobile network faster than ever.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
While the jump from 3G to 4G has been most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the move to 5G will be so fast that they will become almost real-time.
That means that mobile operations will be as fast as internet connections in the office.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of multiple languages in a group conference
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full 8 GB movie can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so fast and efficient that the end of wired connections may begin.
According to industry estimates, 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G by the end of 2020.
The evolution from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1 Gbps – 1,000 times faster than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future