UK among the cheapest countries for mobile broadband, study shows
Thursday, August 12th 2010
Consumers in the UK are paying lower prices for their mobile broadband than residents of many other countries, according to ABI Research.New research has claimed that the UK has some of the cheapest mobile broadband plans in the world.
Analysts at ABI Research said that British consumers, as well as customers in France and Indonesia, are among the people who pay the least for their mobile broadband services.
The company pointed out that in Indonesia, it is possible to get a 4GB data package for the BlackBerry Internet Service for just (£10.80) per month.
In comparison, UK network operator 3 Mobile currently offers 15GB of usage for a monthly price of £15 on a two-year contract, or 5GB on a rolling one-month agreement.
Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2, Virgin Media and Orange also offer mobile broadband packages in the UK.
According to ABI Research, these service providers are finding it difficult to deal with the growing popularity of accessing the internet via a dongle.
"Mobile network operators in developed markets ... are struggling to cope with the demand that exponential data usage increases have placed on their networks," it claimed.