A BBC report noted that the country’s data rates are the lowest in the world. No word on the speed though
In the report according to BBC News, the BBC report, citing a UK-based price comparison site, said that 1 gigabyte (GB) of mobile data costs Rs 18.5 ($0.26) in India compared to the global average of Rs 600.
With over 430 million smartphone users, India is the second largest smartphone market after China.
India had more than 500 million mobile broadband subscriptions at the end of December 2018, according to India’s telecom regulator TRAI, but just 18m wired broadband subscriptions. Of the 1.17bn mobile subscriptions in the country, 55% are in urban areas.
The big jump in broadband usage, all of it on mobiles, came mosatly from Jio.
Since it launched in 2017, Jio has become the third largest telecom operator in India, with 280 million subscribers by December 2018.
India is followed by Kyrgyzstan where 1 GB data is available for $0.27, Kazakhstan (0.49) and Ukraine (0.51). Zimbabwe is the most expensive country where the average cost of 1 GB data is $75.20.
One GB of mobile data in China costs $9.89. In Pakistan, 1 GB is available for $1.85.