Countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world

By Suzanne Lai
May 11, 2019

The countries with the cheapest mobile data have been named based on the average cost per gigabyte. We share the findings below.

Internet comparison site Cable has collected and analysed data from 6,313 mobile data plans across 230 countries and territories to identify the countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world.

The data was gathered from 23rd October and 28th November 2018 and the average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was calculated and compared to form an official ranking.

If you’re one of the millions of people working in remote jobs around the world or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then internet speed and the cost of connecting is likely to be one of the most important factors in your choice of destination.

Key headlines

  • The global average is $8.53 for 1GB of data.
  • Zimbabwe has the most expensive mobile data with an average cost of $75.20 for 1GB.
  • India has the cheapest mobile data with an average cost of $0.26 for 1GB.
  • Asian states make up half of the top 20 cheapest countries with only Taiwan, China and South Korea charging above the global average.
  • The USA is one of the most expensive countries with an average cost of $12.37 for 1GB.
  • The cheapest country in Western Europe is Finland with an average cost of $1.16 for 1GB.
  • The UK is ranked 136th, placing it 16th in Western Europe with an average cost of $6.66 per 1 GB.
  • In Eastern Europe, Poland is the cheapest at an average cost of $1.32 per GB, followed by Romania ($1.89) and Slovenia ($2.21).
  • Africa has both the cheapest and most expensive mobile data with Rwanda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo all offering less than $1 data packages, and Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea and Saint Helena all charging over $50 for 1GB.
The countries with cheapest mobile data (Cable)

Countries with the cheapest mobile data – ranked

Sort the table below to view the countries with the cheapest mobile data ranked by the average, cheapest and most expensive price of 1GB. The research looked at SIM-only deals and included a range of packages from all providers in each country or territory.

Note that some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample sizes.

RankNameAverageCheapestMost expensive
1India$0.26$0.02$1.40
2Kyrgyzstan$0.27$0.08$0.48
3Kazakhstan$0.49$0.28$0.79
4Ukraine$0.51$0.21$1.38
5Rwanda$0.56$0.04$2.78
6Sudan$0.68$0.29$1.63
7Sri Lanka$0.78$0.22$2.09
8Mongolia$0.82$0.41$2.26
9Myanmar$0.87$0.65$1.48
10Congo (DRC)$0.88$0.05$5.05
11Israel$0.90$0.11$6.89
12Russian Federation$0.91$0.14$2.19
13Bangladesh$0.99$0.18$3.81
14Finland$1.16$0.30$2.17
15Malaysia$1.18$0.24$3.27
16Monaco$1.21$0.90$1.70
17Indonesia$1.21$0.13$4.25
18Bhutan$1.25$0.51$2.72
19Iran$1.28$0.38$4.75
20Vietnam$1.31$0.06$6.45
21Poland$1.32$0.13$5.21
22Denmark$1.36$0.36$4.52
23Cambodia$1.49$0.17$6.25
24Egypt$1.49$0.48$4.55
25Ghana$1.56$0.34$4.75
26Afghanistan$1.60$0.66$3.96
27Armenia$1.65$0.61$3.07
28Morocco$1.66$0.58$5.25
29Western Sahara$1.66$0.58$5.25
30Cameroon$1.71$0.34$6.89
31Italy$1.73$0.18$11.31
32Jordan$1.79$0.42$5.99
33Pakistan$1.85$0.29$7.15
34Chile$1.87$0.73$6.05
35Dominican Republic$1.88$1.42$3.12
36Austria$1.88$0.28$11.08
37Romania$1.89$0.13$4.90
38Guinea$1.94$1.20$2.64
39Burundi$2.00$0.37$3.70
40Kuwait$2.01$0.06$11.52
41Lithuania$2.06$0.63$4.81
42Palestine States$2.06$0.20$9.19
43Slovenia$2.21$0.08$10.17
44Nigeria$2.22$0.26$13.79
45Nepal$2.25$0.32$6.43
46Zambia$2.25$0.42$8.44
47Turkey$2.25$0.58$15.82
48Belarus$2.36$0.31$7.97
49Lesotho$2.43$0.68$7.56
50Australia$2.47$0.11$7.59
51Peru$2.48$1.57$3.35
52Réunion$2.51$0.41$15.82
53Azerbaijan$2.69$0.23$9.38
54Kenya$2.73$0.28$9.97
55Thailand$2.78$0.80$9.58
56Uruguay$2.80$0.40$10.73
57Moldova$2.82$0.78$8.76
58Bahrain$2.83$1.81$7.96
59Tunisia$2.87$0.31$13.42
60Ethiopia$2.91$2.11$3.86
61Niger$2.92$1.38$14.36
62France$2.99$0.17$19.21
63Guernsey$3.05$0.48$25.85
64Argentina$3.05$0.65$10.59
65Åland Islands$3.10$1.13$8.42
66Mauritania$3.12$1.22$7.83
67Philippines$3.16$0.95$7.64
68Albania$3.22$0.68$13.18
69Uzbekistan$3.27$0.43$11.89
70Senegal$3.28$0.29$13.79
71Georgia$3.33$0.32$18.98
72Madagascar$3.39$0.80$8.39
73Laos$3.42$0.29$4.65
74Brazil$3.50$1.50$10.18
75Fiji$3.57$0.47$18.40
76Bosnia & Herzegovina$3.58$0.49$7.78
77Malawi$3.59$1.37$7.51
78Macedonia$3.62$0.57$18.24
79Sweden$3.66$0.37$15.91
80Estonia$3.67$0.45$18.09
81Singapore$3.67$0.37$9.34
82Mauritius$3.71$1.75$6.98
83Liberia$3.75$0.60$12.50
84Iceland$3.78$0.26$14.19
85Spain$3.79$0.77$10.55
86Jersey$3.82$0.52$25.85
87Ireland$3.95$0.65$22.61
88Hong Kong$4.00$1.01$16.31
89Côte d'Ivoire$4.10$2.30$6.89
90Syria$4.14$0.51$15.76
91Cape Verde$4.25$2.56$10.22
92Montenegro$4.26$0.64$6.16
93Luxembourg$4.39$0.45$11.31
94Timor-Leste$4.48$2.50$9.09
95Guatemala$4.53$1.43$7.24
96El Salvador$4.55$1.33$10.50
97Belize$4.57$2.56$7.43
98Qatar$4.62$1.10$13.73
99Jamaica$4.64$1.86$7.43
100Burkina Faso$4.69$1.72$11.49
101Uganda$4.69$0.88$13.60
102Serbia$4.83$0.34$23.95
103Tajikistan$4.84$1.05$15.86
104Macau$4.84$1.78$8.40
105Libya$4.87$1.20$10.79
106Croatia$4.89$0.46$30.52
107Czech Republic$4.91$1.76$8.78
108Sint Maarten$4.92$1.11$19.35
109Vanuatu$4.94$3.39$6.32
110Guinea-Bissau$4.96$2.10$11.49
111American Samoa$4.97$3.89$6.67
112Honduras$5.02$2.48$10.00
113Costa Rica$5.04$2.72$8.72
114Algeria$5.15$0.48$25.22
115Brunei Darussalam$5.25$2.29$14.81
116Maldives$5.27$2.59$12.95
117Colombia$5.28$0.72$15.93
118Gambia$5.33$2.45$9.08
119São Tomé & Príncipe$5.33$1.38$15.34
120Panama$5.56$2.00$8.33
121Slovakia$5.56$0.82$33.92
122Saudi Arabia$5.62$0.38$19.99
123Congo$5.63$1.23$12.64
124Sierra Leone$5.79$3.49$10.66
125Gabon$5.84$1.72$13.26
126Tanzania$5.93$0.43$53.76
127Northern Mariana Is.$5.99$1.74$20.00
128Central African Republic$6.03$2.87$8.62
129Nicaragua$6.04$2.45$19.59
130Guadeloupe$6.06$0.90$15.83
131Suriname$6.08$1.91$19.50
132Paraguay$6.18$2.47$19.80
133Somalia$6.19$1.60$16.67
134Isle of Man$6.42$0.90$41.36
135Hungary$6.56$1.51$10.97
136United Kingdom$6.66$0.26$56.87
137San Marino$6.86$1.54$9.19
138Bahamas$6.89$2.00$11.19
139Ecuador$6.93$0.65$20.00
140Germany$6.96$1.88$22.60
141Latvia$7.12$2.09$19.22
142Bulgaria$7.15$0.58$37.54
143South Africa$7.19$0.71$35.06
144Barbados$7.21$1.83$18.52
145Guyana$7.24$4.09$13.58
146Mexico$7.38$2.06$34.63
147Saint Barthélemy$7.40$0.56$21.48
148Faroe Islands$7.77$1.15$33.19
149Haiti$7.91$0.46$29.56
150Angola$7.95$1.91$15.90
151The Netherlands$7.99$0.90$37.69
152Iraq$8.00$1.46$20.07
153Palau$8.34$3.13$16.00
154Japan$8.34$1.04$40.61
155Solomon Islands$8.37$6.13$10.02
156Martinique$8.46$0.78$33.92
157Bolivia$8.51$2.08$20.66
158Niue$9.20$4.37$28.00
159Lebanon$9.21$1.30$20.00
160Mali$9.22$3.10$22.75
161Taiwan$9.49$1.03$43.13
162Caribbean Netherlands$9.57$2.00$35.00
163Saint Lucia$9.78$2.33$22.16
164New Zealand$9.79$1.91$35.49
165China$9.89$0.87$26.61
166Mayotte$10.18$0.90$33.90
167United Arab Emirates$10.23$2.17$28.30
168Svalbard & Jan Mayen$10.26$2.32$28.89
169Saint-Martin (France)$10.40$0.56$24.73
170Namibia$11.02$2.35$26.80
171Kiribati$11.05$4.30$21.34
172Puerto Rico$11.12$3.00$25.00
173Oman$11.28$3.90$25.98
174Papua New Guinea$11.51$6.83$18.36
175Grenada$11.56$4.24$29.60
176Antigua & Barbuda$11.71$1.94$61.39
177Togo$11.76$11.49$12.31
178Saint Vincent & Gren.$12.00$3.69$37.00
179Canada$12.02$3.73$60.37
180Swaziland$12.14$1.58$39.00
181Belgium$12.30$2.21$101.77
182United States$12.37$1.50$60.00
183Curaçao$12.42$7.72$27.64
184Comoros$12.57$2.29$22.92
185Cuba$12.58$11.25$13.33
186Aruba$12.70$7.41$22.21
187Andorra$12.71$5.83$35.46
188Gibraltar$12.82$3.21$30.77
189Micronesia $12.87$0.83$50.00
190Guam$12.97$1.74$70.00
191Virgin Islands (US)$13.10$2.40$59.96
192Norway$13.21$1.27$114.87
193French Guiana$13.41$0.57$112.96
194Liechtenstein$13.95$3.49$37.84
195Portugal$13.98$2.12$67.79
196Botswana$14.12$9.01$21.34
197Dominica$14.60$6.17$29.60
198Montserrat$14.61$4.93$33.30
199Anguilla$14.90$1.97$37.00
200Saint Kitts & Nevis$15.05$5.38$37.00
201South Korea$15.12$0.47$34.02
202Yemen$15.73$4.00$39.95
203Mozambique$15.82$0.80$55.84
204Greenland$16.79$12.60$22.65
205New Caledonia$16.91$11.26$23.89
206Trinidad & Tobago$17.10$9.79$29.52
207Cook Islands$18.12$11.38$33.45
208Virgin Islands (British)$18.55$5.83$40.00
209Malta$18.79$2.26$90.46
210Seychelles$19.55$3.66$71.72
211Turkmenistan$19.81$10.01$42.89
212Switzerland$20.22$8.30$49.79
213Cyprus$20.25$6.39$38.44
214Benin$20.99$17.24$24.62
215French Polynesia$21.64$8.91$49.29
216Turks & Caicos Is.$23.09$10.00$46.67
217Chad$23.33$9.39$68.94
218Tonga$25.52$4.43$54.25
219Cayman Islands$26.79$3.99$143.69
220Wallis & Fortuna$26.86$15.40$47.40
221Nauru$28.13$12.25$38.41
222Tokelau$29.96$17.06$40.87
223Samoa$30.09$1.33$253.43
224Greece$32.71$2.37$106.85
225Bermuda$37.74$6.25$100.01
226Djibouti$37.92$2.81$112.54
227Falkland Islands$47.39$28.00$77.55
228Saint Helena$55.47$51.70$64.63
229Equatorial Guinea$65.83$27.58$114.79
230Zimbabwe$75.20$12.50$138.46

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