Data detailed on Statista indicates that around 34% of Africa’s 1.4 Billion population has access to mobile internet. This amounts to around 480 million people that subscribe to data plans provided by Telecom companies domiciled within the African continent.
Data tariffs are often regulated nationally and fhe prices paid by consumers varies across geopolitical boundaries.
African countries face some of the most ostensibly high costs of mobile data worldwide which stems from a myriad of factors including high taxation and extenuating infrastructural conditions.
Statistics from December 2021 provided by Statista provides us with the list of 20 African countries with the highest consumer prices for mobile data.
Interestingly, Nigeria does not make the top 20 meaning the African Giant can boast of relatively cheap and affordable tariffs compared to her continental peers.
Here’s the list below detailing the countries in terms of cost per GIGABYTE of data:
1. Equatorial Guinea: $49.67 / GB
2. Sao Tome and Principe: $30.97 / GB
3. Malawi: $25.46 / GB
4. Chad: $23.33 / GB
5. Namibia: $22.37 / GB
6. Central African Republic: $9.03 / GB
7. Seychelles: $8.64 / GB
8. Gambia: $5.86 / GB
9. Mauritania: $5.56 / GB
10. Madagascar: $5.14 / GB
11. Gabon: $4.82 / GB
12. Cape Verde: $4.78 / GB
13. Togo: $4.69 / GB
14. Burkina Faso: $4.52 / GB
15. Guinea-Bissau: $4.41 / GB
16. Botswana: $3.92 / GB
17. Benin: $3.61 / GB
18. Mali: $3.28 / GB
19. Sierra Leone: $3.26 / GB
20. Comoros: $3.21 / GB
If you are wondering how much the average price of a GIGABYTE of data is in the oil rich nation of Nigeria…well it is less than a dollar at $0.88.
In terms of data prices the grass is indeed greener in Nigeria.