With the massive prevalence of smartphones with their applications, many of the world's population has almost always become dependent on mobile internet connectivity, but the differences in prices per gigabyte seem stark from country to country.
In Saint Helena, the cost of 1 gigabyte of mobile internet, or what is known as “mobile data”, exceeds about $ 41, which is the highest in the world, according to data collected by “Statista” and viewed by “Al Arabiya”. .Clear".
Israel was the cheapest in the world, with a single gigabyte of data costing an average of just $0.04 in 2022. 3 in 4 Israelis own a smartphone, according to UK price comparison website cable.co.uk. It analyzed 5,292 mobile data plans across 233 countries. Italy ranks second in the global ranking, with a low cost of $0.12 per 1GB. The country has an excellent internet infrastructure, with 5G technology available to around 95% of its population.
Neighboring "San Marino" came third at a cost ($0.14). According to cable.co.uk consumer communications analyst Dame Hodel, many of the cheapest countries have excellent fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure which allows service providers to offer large amounts of data on the cheap. In some countries, economic conditions dictate that the price should be kept low so that people can afford it.
However, some of the more expensive data plans are found in the remote island nations of Africa and South America. For example, the Falkland Islands rank 231 with a cost of $38.45 per 1GB of internet, while the same amount of mobile data in Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory located in the South Atlantic Ocean, costs an average of $41.06.