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

11th March 2020

Once again, India has the cheapest mobile data in the world, with one gigabyte (1GB) of data costing an average of just $0.09 USD.

Internet comparison site Cable has collected and analysed data from 5,554 mobile data plans across 228 countries and territories to identify the countries with the cheapest mobile data in the world.

The data was gathered from 3rd February to 25th February 2020 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

10 countries with the cheapest mobile data by the price of 1GB in USD.

  1. India, $0.09
  2. Israel, $0.11
  3. Kyrgyzstan, $0.21
  4. Italy, $0.43
  5. Ukraine, $0.46
  6. Kazakhstan, $0.46
  7. Somalia, $0.50
  8. Sri Lanka, $0.51
  9. Russia, $0.52
  10. Vietnam, $0.57

Key headlines

  • The global average is $5.09 for 1GB of data.
  • Nauru is the most expensive sovereign state with an average cost of $30.47.
  • India has the cheapest mobile data with the cheapest price of $0.09 for 1GB.
  • Asian states make up nine of the top 20 cheapest countries with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam joining India in the top ten.
  • The USA is one of the most expensive developed nations, ranked 181st with an average cost of $8.00 for 1GB.
  • The cheapest country in Western Europe is Italy with an average cost of $0.43 followed by Denmark ($0.80) and France ($0.81).
  • The UK is ranked 59th with an average cost of $5.09 per 1 GB.
  • In Eastern Europe, Poland at $0.70 per GB, followed by Romania ($1.03) and Moldova ($1.12).
  • Five of the ten most expensive countries to buy mobile data are in sub-Saharan Africa. Island nations in Oceania and the Caribbean also tend to be among the most expensive in the world.

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

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CHEAPEST COUNTRIES FOR MOBILE DATA – Complete ranking

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

RankNameAverageCheapestMost expensive
1India$0.09$0.02$2.75
2Israel$0.11$0.06$0.38
3Kyrgyzstan$0.21$0.10$0.58
4Italy$0.43$0.09$7.58
5Ukraine$0.46$0.25$1.48
6Kazakhstan$0.46$0.30$0.87
7Somalia$0.50$0.18$6.67
8Sri Lanka$0.51$0.14$6.50
9Russia$0.52$0.17$4.37
10Vietnam$0.57$0.04$12.84
11Fiji$0.59$0.32$4.41
12China$0.61$0.14$1.76
13Sudan$0.63$0.25$1.24
14Indonesia$0.64$0.13$12.88
15Algeria$0.65$0.16$3.90
16Australia$0.68$0.28$6.46
17Pakistan$0.69$0.07$8.44
18Poland$0.70$0.03$21.59
19Bangladesh$0.70$0.13$3.78
20Chile$0.71$0.29$4.05
21Turkey$0.72$0.32$3.01
22Réunion$0.72$0.22$108.39
23Tanzania$0.73$0.30$2.89
24Dominican Rep.$0.74$0.27$6.14
25Mongolia$0.74$0.37$3.70
26Iran$0.75$0.12$1.66
27Kuwait$0.77$0.12$3.22
28Myanmar$0.78$0.72$7.06
29Denmark$0.80$0.20$2.46
30France$0.81$0.11$108.39
31Nepal$0.86$0.26$6.04
32Belarus$0.89$0.05$18.10
33Georgia$0.93$0.24$8.31
34Ghana$0.94$0.19$8.68
35Monaco$0.98$0.65$1.08
36Western Sahara$0.99$0.50$3.02
37Morocco$0.99$0.50$3.02
38Brazil$1.01$0.23$6.80
39Romania$1.03$0.65$10.85
40Jordan$1.03$0.46$3.76
41Kenya$1.05$0.27$10.27
42Armenia$1.05$0.50$2.10
43Austria$1.08$0.16$3.23
44Mayotte$1.08$0.54$21.70
45Egypt$1.09$0.24$1,140.07
46Moldova$1.12$0.27$4.39
47Malaysia$1.12$0.35$8.03
48Djibouti$1.12$0.47$28.10
49Bhutan$1.16$0.39$2.63
50San Marino$1.16$1.16$1.16
51Thailand$1.23$0.18$7.24
52Guernsey$1.24$0.51$24.87
53Estonia$1.27$0.36$17.36
54Uzbekistan$1.34$0.23$23.75
55Ireland$1.36$0.65$10.85
56Zambia$1.36$0.68$6.80
57Tunisia$1.37$0.31$8.58
58Nigeria$1.39$0.48$5.55
59UK$1.39$0.22$64.65
60Philippines$1.42$0.95$7.87
61El Salvador$1.45$0.50$5.66
62Argentina$1.45$0.44$10.25
63Iceland$1.46$0.14$17.79
64Rwanda$1.48$0.35$6.45
65Slovenia$1.48$0.08$10.85
66Cambodia$1.50$0.25$6.25
67Afghanistan$1.55$0.01$6.61
68Uruguay$1.58$0.59$5.56
69Serbia$1.60$0.21$18.70
70Uganda$1.62$0.44$21.09
71Isle of Man$1.66$0.56$19.89
72Jersey$1.71$0.56$27.41
73Nicaragua$1.71$0.95$2.83
74Macedonia$1.75$0.44$17.41
75Spain$1.81$0.40$13.87
76Lithuania$1.85$0.52$10.74
77Azerbaijan$1.86$0.01$11.76
78Congo$1.94$0.35$3.63
79Guam$2.00$1.39$60.00
80Sweden$2.07$0.15$64.44
81Guinea$2.08$0.15$3.43
82Timor-Leste$2.08$0.83$6.82
83Saudi Arabia$2.12$0.27$13.30
84Burundi$2.12$0.35$3.98
85Peru$2.13$0.99$17.84
86Lesotho$2.13$0.53$10.65
87Finland$2.14$1.73$3.24
88Guatemala$2.17$1.30$4.34
89Bulgaria$2.22$0.57$72.03
90Bahrain$2.27$1.77$8.47
91Paraguay$2.30$0.48$4.61
92Faroe Islands$2.41$1.07$22.84
93Guadeloupe$2.42$0.75$7.38
94Ethiopia$2.44$1.80$3.30
95Singapore$2.47$0.47$70.47
96Burkina Faso$2.47$1.24$8.25
97Croatia$2.48$0.29$12.22
98Mauritius$2.48$0.65$7.44
99Palau$2.50$1.00$2.50
100Hong Kong$2.55$0.62$16.51
101Martinique$2.60$0.54$195.30
102Brunei $2.64$1.76$7.05
103Haiti$2.74$0.17$41.04
104Costa Rica$2.74$1.74$4.55
105Cameroon$2.75$0.33$18.59
106Albania$2.83$0.87$34.77
107Macau$2.89$1.21$6.79
108The Netherlands$2.98$0.81$24.95
109Bosnia & Herz.$3.04$0.47$19.42
110Honduras$3.12$2.50$55.56
111Côte d'Ivoire$3.20$2.20$4.12
112Ecuador$3.24$1.36$56.00
113Åland Islands$3.24$2.16$8.08
114Belize$3.25$1.16$40.73
115Liberia$3.25$0.97$29.00
116Palestinian Territories$3.26$1.70$11.26
117St.Lucia$3.27$1.94$4.93
118Niger$3.30$1.10$27.49
119Senegal$3.30$0.55$16.50
120Saint-Martin$3.32$0.54$195.30
121Mozambique$3.33$2.96$51.65
122St.Vincent & Gren.$3.33$1.48$6.11
123Tonga$3.41$1.20$8.21
124Colombia$3.46$0.78$12.51
125French Guiana$3.61$0.54$195.30
126Malta$3.62$1.18$21.70
127Sierra Leone$3.69$2.29$4.64
128UAE$3.78$0.87$14.29
129Latvia$3.79$1.45$18.44
130Lebanon$3.82$1.09$180.00
131Slovakia$3.84$0.79$43.40
132Maldives$3.88$1.85$10.63
133Jamaica$3.88$2.94$11.40
134Luxembourg$3.89$1.81$10.85
135Japan$3.91$1.07$41.97
136Montenegro$3.94$0.13$9.33
137Liechtenstein$4.01$1.68$9.56
138Germany$4.06$1.36$12.57
139Qatar$4.12$0.82$5.04
140Guinea-Bissau$4.12$2.01$32.99
141Mali$4.12$1.10$16.50
142Laos$4.16$0.37$4.49
143Iraq$4.20$1.05$8.41
144Vanuatu$4.25$0.75$9.91
145South Africa$4.30$0.32$30.47
146Comoros$4.38$1.10$87.66
147Togo$4.50$2.20$8.25
148Niue$4.50$0.68$24.87
149Oman$4.58$0.26$21.64
150Mauritania$4.63$2.65$26.45
151Tajikistan$4.65$0.97$14.69
152Sint Maarten$4.66$0.84$6.99
153Libya$4.73$1.18$7.10
154Mexico$4.77$1.00$13.39
155Namibia$4.78$1.84$52.15
156Cape Verde$4.81$2.45$65.42
157New Caledonia$4.81$1.95$34.48
158Belgium$4.88$1.27$97.65
159Gabon$4.89$0.97$32.99
160Suriname$4.92$1.91$19.15
161Dominica$4.92$1.85$14.62
162Portugal$4.97$1.08$37.61
163Bolivia$5.09$1.94$9.91
164Gambia$5.10$2.38$98.04
165Norway$5.28$0.62$93.69
166Angola$5.29$1.41$10.00
167Hungary$5.32$0.18$10.89
168Grenada$5.37$1.85$18.32
169Papua New Guinea$5.40$1.44$13.30
170Guyana$5.46$3.83$13.50
171Taiwan$5.91$0.64$44.28
172Anguilla$5.92$1.85$15.91
173Trinidad & Tobago$5.92$0.23$66.13
174Bahamas$6.02$4.01$10.80
175New Zealand$6.06$0.99$30.31
176Syria$6.55$1.46$23.28
177Panama$6.69$2.68$8.03
178Antigua & Barbuda$7.17$3.15$61.39
179Micronesia$7.20$0.90$54.25
180Czech Rep.$7.95$0.83$39.48
181USA$8.00$2.20$60.00
182Central African Rep.$8.25$2.75$27.49
183Montserrat$8.33$1.85$29.23
184Switzerland$8.38$1.68$51.42
185Solomon Islands$8.53$6.00$30.00
186Madagascar$8.81$2.91$50.20
187Aruba$9.11$6.85$13.17
188Puerto Rico$9.17$1.00$26.99
189Barbados$9.32$4.97$11.92
190Andorra$9.54$5.60$34.03
191Greenland$9.56$5.08$36.22
192Kiribati$10.50$3.91$19.38
193Samoa$10.86$1.25$25.65
194South Korea$10.94$0.43$89.42
195Curaçao$11.06$2.23$83.42
196St.Kitts & Nevis$11.07$1.85$29.60
197Seychelles$11.43$3.29$52.54
198Turkmenistan$11.44$10.01$15.73
199Greece$12.06$3.25$156.78
200Canada$12.55$1.78$99.68
201Equatorial Guinea$12.78$9.90$18.14
202Eswatini$13.31$2.63$212.90
203Cuba$13.33$11.25$13.33
204Turks & Caicos$13.33$5.00$24.44
205Cyprus$13.56$3.62$59.67
206Botswana$13.87$9.00$32.73
207French Polynesia$15.42$3.38$143.35
208Yemen$15.98$3.20$43.94
209Tokelau$17.75$13.47$24.25
210Cayman Islands$23.05$7.42$72.27
211Chad$23.33$1.98$82.48
212Benin$27.22$0.49$54.98
213Malawi$27.41$21.92$27.41
214São Tomé & Prín.$28.26$13.27$110.59
215Bermuda$28.75$5.00$80.00
216Nauru$30.47$11.12$34.88

Access the full dataset on Cable.co.uk.

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