The need for reliable internet service has very become important in recent years. A lot of individuals, as well as, businesses and institutions require internet for their day-to-day activities.
In the last five years, almost one billion additional people have gained access to mobile data services… but the cost of mobile data has become very expensive in some countries in the world.
Ghanaians have started protesting against data prices. They are using the hashtag #DataMustFall on social media to demand the telecommunication companies to reduce the cost of data.
Interestingly, Ghana ranks among countries in the world with the cheapest cost of mobile data, according to a survey done by Cable.co.uk, a UK-based price comparison website.
Data from 5,554 mobile data plans in 228 countries were gathered and analysed by Cable.co.uk between February 3 and February 25, 2020. The average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was then calculated and compared to form a worldwide mobile data pricing league table.
India was ranked as the country with the cheapest mobile data ($0.09) in the world with the average cost of 1GB.
Saint Helena was ranked as the country with the most expensive mobile data ($52.50) in the world with the average cost of 1GB of mobile data.
With the information provided by Cable.co.uk, we decided to look at where Ghana ranks in terms of the average cost of 1GB of mobile data in West Africa.
In West Africa, Ghana was ranked as the country with the cheapest mobile data ($0.94) with the average cost of 1GB, while Benin was ranked as the country with the most expensive mobile data at $27.22 per gigabyte.
Here’s a table showing the average cost of 1GB of mobile data in 16 West African Countries:
|Rank||Country||Average cost of 1GB data|
|3||Cape Verde||$4.81 (GHC27.95)|
|8||Sierra Leone||$3.69 (GHC21.41)|
|12||Ivory Coast||$3.20 (GHC18.56)|
|13||Burkina Faso||$2.47 (GHC14.33)|
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