All the Central American countries are grouped somewhat close to each other in the middle of our table. Guatemala has an average price per 1GB of data of $4.53, making it marginally less expensive than its neighbours.
In Mexico you’ll pay an average of $7.38 for 1GB of data, making the biggest country in Central America also the most expensive on average when it comes to buying mobile data. Interestingly, our Worldwide Broadband Price Comparison research last year revealed Mexico is the cheapest place in the region to buy broadband.
CIS (Former USSR)
A number of CIS countries are among the very cheapest in the world for mobile data and all but one sits inside the less expensive half of the table. Kyrgyzstan is a very close second to India in the world table with an average of $0.27, just ahead of third-placed Kazakhstan ($0.49) and fourth-placed Ukraine ($0.51). The Russian Federation itself is just outside the world top 10 with the average price of 1GB $0.91.
Turkmenistan is the only CIS nation to appear among the most expensive in the world where 1GB of data costs $19.81 on average – that’s more than four times what it costs in the second most expensive CIS country, Tajikistan ($4.84).
The presence of good network infrastructure throughout Eastern Europe helps the majority of countries to appear in the less expensive half of the table although none make it into the top 20 cheapest countries. The cheapest in the region is Poland with an average price per 1GB of $1.32, followed by Romania ($1.89) and Slovenia ($2.21).
Greece’s well-documented economic problems are evident here, with mobile data prices in the country much more expensive than in any of its neighbours. Greece’s average price per 1GB of $32.71 puts it in the top 10 most expensive places in the world to buy mobile data and makes it easily the most expensive in Europe.
Worldwide mobile data pricing: The cost of 1GB of mobile data in 230 countries
Data from 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries were gathered and analysed by Cable.co.uk between 23 October and 28 November 2018. The average cost of one gigabyte (1GB) was then calculated and compared to form a worldwide mobile data pricing league table.Download data (.xls)