Tel Aviv in Israel the country with the cheapest mobile data in the world
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Countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world

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

26th April 2021

Israel has the cheapest mobile data in the world, with one gigabyte (1GB) of data costing an average of just $0.05 USD.

Internet comparison site Cable has collected and analysed data from 6,148 mobile data plans across 221 countries and territories to identify the countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world.

The data was gathered from 8th December 2020 and 25th February 2021 and the average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was calculated and compared to form an authoritative ranking.

If you’re one of the millions of people working remotely 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.

10 cheapest countries for mobile data

  1. Israel, $0.05
  2. Kyrgyzstan, $0.15
  3. Fiji, $0.19
  4. Italy, $0.27
  5. Sudan, $0.27
  6. Russia, $0.29
  7. Moldova, $0.32
  8. Bangladesh, $0.34
  9. Sri Lanka, $0.38
  10. Chile, $0.39
taking a photo of food in Tel Aviv
The average cost of 1GB of data in Israel is just $0.05

“Many of the cheapest countries in which to buy mobile data fall roughly into one of two categories. Some have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure and so providers are able to offer large amounts of data, which brings down the price per gigabyte. Others with less advanced broadband networks are heavily reliant on mobile data and the economy dictates that prices must be low, as that’s what people can afford.”

Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk

10 most expensive countries for mobile data

  1. Equatorial Guinea, $49.67
  2. São Tomé & Príncipe, $30.97
  3. Malawi, $25.46
  4. Chad, $23.33
  5. Namibia, $22.37
  6. Turkmenistan, $21.41
  7. Tokelau, $20.48
  8. Bermuda, $19.80
  9. Yemen, $15.98
  10. Cayman Islands, $11.97

“At the more expensive end of the list, we have countries where often the infrastructure isn’t great but also where consumption is very small. People are often buying data packages of just tens of megabytes at a time, making a gigabyte a relatively large and therefore expensive amount of data to buy. Many countries in the middle of the list have good infrastructure and competitive mobile markets, and while their prices aren’t among the cheapest in the world they wouldn’t necessarily be considered expensive by its consumers.”

Dan Howdle, Cable.co.uk
a map of the countries with the cheapest mobile data
Cable Countries with the cheapest mobile data

Key headlines

  • The global average is $4.21for 1GB of data.
  • Equatorial Guinea is the most expensive sovereign state with an average cost of $49.67.
  • Israel has the cheapest mobile data with the cheapest price of $0.05 for 1GB.
  • Asian states make up seven of the top 20 cheapest countries: Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Pakistan.
  • The cheapest country in Europe is Italy, in fourth place, with an average cost of $0.27, followed by Russia ($0.29) and Moldova ($0.32) in sixth and seventh place respectively.
  • Chile, with an average of $0.39 in 10th place, is the cheapest country in the Americas.
  • The USA is among the most expensive developed nations, ranked 153rd with an average cost of $3.33 for 1GB.
  • The UK is ranked 78th with an average cost of $1.42 per 1 GB.
  • Five of the ten most expensive countries to buy mobile data are in Africa. Island nations in Oceania and the Caribbean also tend to be among the most expensive in the world.

CHEAPEST COUNTRIES FOR MOBILE DATA – Complete ranking

The table below ranks countries by the average price of 1GB of data. The research looked at SIM-only deals and included a range of packages from all providers in each country or territory.

Note: some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient or inaccurate data.

RankCountry1GB (USD
1Israel$0.05
2Kyrgyzstan$0.15
3Fiji$0.19
4Italy$0.27
5Sudan$0.27
6Russia$0.29
7Moldova$0.32
8Bangladesh$0.34
9Sri Lanka$0.38
10Chile$0.39
11France$0.41
12Indonesia$0.42
13Belarus$0.43
14San Marino$0.43
15Vietnam$0.49
16Algeria$0.51
17China$0.52
18Samoa$0.56
19Pakistan$0.59
20Kazakhstan$0.59
21Uzbekistan$0.60
22Somalia$0.60
23Mongolia$0.60
24Nepal$0.61
25Turkey$0.63
26Poland$0.64
27Ghana$0.66
28India$0.68
29Australia$0.70
30Libya$0.74
31Ukraine$0.75
32Tanzania$0.75
33Mauritius$0.75
34Réunion$0.76
35Armenia$0.76
36Myanmar$0.78
37Denmark$0.79
38Kuwait$0.81
39Mayotte$0.82
40Cambodia$0.83
41Bhutan$0.83
42Haiti$0.85
43Nigeria$0.88
44Western Sahara$0.88
45Morocco$0.88
46Malaysia$0.89
47Guadeloupe$0.89
48Cameroon$0.90
49Brazil$0.92
50Senegal$0.94
51Nicaragua$0.94
52Macedonia$0.96
53Finland$0.97
54Afghanistan$1.02
55Egypt$1.04
56Ecuador$1.06
57Thailand$1.06
58Monaco$1.08
59Tunisia$1.09
60Singapore$1.09
61Djibouti$1.12
62Zambia$1.13
63Iraq$1.14
64Peru$1.15
65Austria$1.17
66Romania$1.18
67Iceland$1.23
68Spain$1.24
69Rwanda$1.25
70Tonga$1.28
71Niger$1.28
72Serbia$1.30
73Jersey$1.32
74El Salvador$1.33
75Lithuania$1.38
76Estonia$1.39
77Jordan$1.41
78UK$1.42
79Ireland$1.42
80Sweden$1.45
81Guernsey$1.46
82Saudi Arabia$1.47
83Uruguay$1.51
84Dominican Rep.$1.51
85Iran$1.52
86Uganda$1.56
87Honduras$1.56
88French Guiana$1.58
89Angola$1.61
90Palau$1.67
91Timor-Leste$1.67
92Hungary$1.70
93Palestine$1.71
94Ethiopia$1.71
95Slovenia$1.72
96Dominica$1.76
97Philippines$1.77
98Georgia$1.80
99Isle of Man$1.80
100Azerbaijan$1.82
101Trinidad & Tobago$1.90
102Macau$1.93
103Guatemala$1.94
104Suriname$1.94
105Guinea$1.99
106American Samoa$2.00
107Virgin Islands (US)$2.00
108Malta$2.01
109Burundi$2.10
110Bahrain$2.12
111Oman$2.12
112Montenegro$2.12
113Guam$2.14
114Bolivia$2.18
115Brunei$2.23
116Eswatini$2.24
117Kenya$2.25
118Papua New Guinea$2.26
119Bulgaria$2.26
120Hong Kong$2.30
121Croatia$2.35
122Costa Rica$2.36
123St. Barts$2.36
124Argentina$2.38
125Bosnia & Herz.$2.39
126St. Vincent & Gren.$2.41
127Grenada$2.44
128Paraguay$2.53
129Côte d’Ivoire$2.58
130Liberia$2.59
131Tajikistan$2.60
132St. Lucia$2.62
133Faroe Islands$2.64
134Lesotho$2.66
135South Africa$2.67
136Jamaica$2.74
137Åland Islands$2.75
138Gibraltar$2.78
139Mozambique$2.79
140Albania$2.80
141Colombia$2.80
142Congo$2.88
143Belize$2.97
144Luxembourg$3.00
145Liechtenstein$3.10
146The Netherlands$3.11
147Laos$3.19
148Qatar$3.20
149Comoros$3.21
150Maldives$3.24
151Sierra Leone$3.26
152Mali$3.28
153USA$3.33
154Germany$3.38
155Japan$3.38
156Martinique$3.46
157Latvia$3.49
158Cook Islands$3.50
159Slovakia$3.55
160Benin$3.61
161Mexico$3.62
162St. Kitts & Nevis$3.70
163Portugal$3.85
164Anguilla$3.85
165Botswana$3.92
166Greenland$3.97
167Puerto Rico$4.00
168Montserrat$4.01
169Sint Maarten$4.17
170French Polynesia$4.20
171Guinea-Bissau$4.41
172Antigua & Barbuda$4.44
173Aruba$4.44
174Panama$4.49
175Burkina Faso$4.52
176Togo$4.69
177South Korea$4.72
178Cape Verde$4.78
179Lebanon$4.81
180Gabon$4.82
181Madagascar$5.14
182Switzerland$5.24
183Guyana$5.25
184Belgium$5.28
185Mauritania$5.56
186Taiwan$5.67
187Canada$5.72
188Norway$5.81
189Gambia$5.86
190Bahamas$5.98
191Vanuatu$6.06
192Tuvalu$6.35
193Curaçao$6.47
194New Caledonia$6.49
195Barbados$6.79
196New Zealand$6.99
197Syria$7.15
198Niue$7.37
199Andorra$7.49
200Cuba$7.50
201UAE$7.62
202Nauru$7.62
203Solomon Islands$7.83
204Micronesia$7.85
205Turks & Caicos$8.00
206Czech Rep.$8.15
207Greece$8.16
208Seychelles$8.64
209Cyprus$8.84
210Central African Rep.$9.03
211Kiribati$9.94
212Cayman Islands$11.97
213Yemen$15.98
214Bermuda$19.80
215Tokelau$20.48
216Turkmenistan$21.41
217Namibia$22.37
218Chad$23.33
219Malawi$25.46
220São Tomé & Príncipe$30.97
221Equatorial Guinea$49.67

Access the full dataset on Cable.co.uk.

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