Thanks to Reliance Jio and the millions-sized data-hungry population of Indian smartphone users that has made India, the home to telecom operators that offer the cheapest mobile data rates in the whole world.
The average price that Indian smartphone users pay for one gigabyte aka 1 GB mobile data is $0.26 or ₹18 against the global average of $8.53 i.e. ₹600 as per the global research conducted by price comparison site cable.co.uk for data analysed between October 23 and November 28, 2018. With the ultra-cheap mobile data price trends, thanks to the entry of Reliance Jio, India has become the home to telecom operators that offer the cheapest mobile data in the whole world – serving world’s second largest smartphone user market of 430 million people.
Besides having one of the lowest mobile internet average, Indian telecom operators offer the widest data packages to serve all budgets. As per the latest research data – there are as many as 57 plans and 1GB of data was available in the country for as low as ₹1.41 and for a maximum of ₹98.83. Cable.co.uk believes that the secret behind the “quite staggeringly cheap” mobile data in India is the tech-aware youth, strong adoption and a huge number of users as well as competitors in the country.
In the research, India is closely followed by Kyrgyzstan ($0.27), Kazakhstan ($0.49), Ukraine ($0.51) and Rwanda ($0.56). While western nations like the UK pays an average of $6.66 per 1 GB mobile data, and the American users are at a much higher rate with $12.37 for similar data usage. Moving to the far extreme of the list, the most expensive mobile data rates are in Zimbabwe, where 1GB data comes at an eye-watering $75.20 or ₹5265.
The reason for such vast differences in rates of internet around the world “are complex”, as some countries have great infrastructure and bandwidth – bringing down the prices; while some have comparatively weaker infrastructure but “the economy dictates that prices must be low, as that’s what people can afford”. And for the expensive side, such countries usually have weak infrastructure, and an apparently low consumption.