KHARTOUM, 2 May 2021 – Sudan offers the most affordable mobile Internet in Africa, ranking fifth in the world, according to Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021.

Somalia, which previously offered the cheapest service on the continent, is now third-placed, behind Algeria, which is ranked second.

Overall, Africa Has the Most Expensive Mobile Internet Service - Photo Quartz

Overall, Africa Has the Most Expensive Mobile Internet Service – Photo Quartz

African Internet Using Still Paying More than Everyone Else - Photo Deutsche Welle

African Internet Using Still Paying More than Everyone Else – Photo Deutsche Welle

“In Sudan, the cost of mobile internet is $0.27 [per gigabyte of data], cheapest in Africa and fifth in the world. Algeria is second at $0.51 and Somalia third at $0.60,” the survey reveals.

Tanzania offers the cheapest data in East Africa at $0.75 for every gigabyte of data.

Tanzania is followed by Rwanda at $1.25, Uganda ($1.56), and Burundi ($2.10) while Kenya, which was second in East Africa last year charging $1.04, now charges $2.25 per gigabyte.

Africa’s two biggest economies – Nigeria and South Africa – charge $0.88 and $2.67 respectively and command high internet traffic from their tech-savvy client base.

Powered by Mobile, the Revolution in Sudan did not have to be Televised - Photo Quartz

Powered by Mobile, the Revolution in Sudan did not have to be Televised – Photo Quartz

Cameroon is one of the world’s most expensive countries on mobile Internet, offering 1.2 gigabits of data at the scandalously high price of more than $3 (CFA 2,000 francs).

Israel currently offers the most affordable mobile internet in the world at $0.05, moving from second place last year.

The Jewish state is followed by Kyrgyzstan ($0.15), Fiji ($0.19), Italy ($0.27), and Sudan.

India moved from first place last year to 28th this year charging $0.68.

Costs Could Prevent Africans from Benefiting from the Internet Opportunity - Photo Council on Foreign Relations

Costs Could Prevent Africans from Benefiting from the Internet Opportunity – Photo Council on Foreign Relations

Most of the African countries offering the most competitive mobile Internet service also have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure, according to Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at the British technology research firm, Cable.

Better infrastructure allows Internet service providers to offer large amounts of data, bringing down the price overall per mobile Internet user.

“Others with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data,” Howdle explained.

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