Study: Kenya has the most expensive internet in East Africa


NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenyans Pay More For Internet Access Compared To Their Peers In East Africa Region, New Survey From UK Company States.

The study which analyzed mobile data plans in 230 countries around the world placed Tanzania as the country with the cheapest data plans in East Africa compared to Kenya and Uganda.

In the world ranking, Tanzania is ranked at 32nd position, Uganda at 86th position while Kenya and Ethiopia are ranked 118 and 94 respectively.

In Tanzania, Internet consumers will pay an average of 80 shillings ($ 0.75) for a gigabyte of data, compared to a consumer in Uganda and Kenya who splits off 166 shillings ($ 1.56) and 240 shillings, respectively. ($ 2.25) for a GB of Internet.

A consumer in Ethiopia will part with Sh182 ($ 1.71) for a gigabyte. Sudan has the cheapest internet in Africa and ranks fifth globally, its consumers pay 29 shillings ($ 0.27) for a GB.

Of the ten most expensive countries, sub-Saharan Africa produced six countries, including Sao Tome and Principe, Malawi and Chad

The most expensive place in the world to buy mobile data is Equatorial Guinea, where the average cost of a gigabyte (1 GB) is 5,312 shillings ($ 49.67) – nearly a thousand times the cost of mobile data. in Israel – which has the cheapest. worldwide mobile data plan.

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The other main countries in the region with the highest data prices in the world are São Tomé and Príncipe Sh3,312 (US $ 30.97), Malawi Sh2,723 (US $ 25.46) and Chad Sh2,495 ( $ 23.33) at the bottom of the table. .

“Many of the cheapest countries in which to buy mobile data fall into roughly one of two categories. Some have excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure, which allows providers to offer large amounts of data, lowering the price per gigabyte. Others with less advanced broadband networks rely heavily on mobile data and the economy dictates that prices have to be low because that’s what people can afford, ”said Dan Howdle, major telecommunications analyst. public at

“At the more expensive end of the list, we have countries where often the infrastructure is not great, but also where consumption is very low.”

The study indicates that people often buy data packets of a few tens of megabytes at a time, making a gigabyte a relatively large amount of data and therefore expensive to purchase.

He said 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 their consumers.

Five most expensive countries in the world

Equatorial Guinea: 5,312 shillings (49.67 USD)

Falkland Islands Sh 4.765 (44.56)

Saint Helena Sh4.264 (39.87)

São Tomé and Príncipe Sh3.312 (30.97)

Malawi Sh 2.723 (25.46)

Five cheapest countries in the world

Israel Sh5 (0.05 USD)

Kyrgyzstan (0.15)

Fiji (0.19)

Italy (0.27)

Sudan (0.27).

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