Canada's mobile data prices among most expensive in the world

Jul 28 2020, 10:55 am

Canadians are all too familiar with the high costs of mobile data across the country, but a new report puts that into perspective, with Canada ranking 209th out of 228 countries for most expensive mobile data.

The new report from UK Company Cable.co.uk gathered and analyzed 5,554 mobile data plans in 228 countries in February 2020 to calculate the average cost of 1GB of data.

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Some of the most expensive countries for mobile data were in North America, Africa, and Western Europe, while the cheapest data can be found in India.

The five cheapest countries in terms of the average cost of 1GB of mobile data are India ($0.09), Israel ($0.11), Kyrgyzstan ($0.21), Italy ($0.43), and Ukraine ($0.46).

The most expensive country is Saint Helena, an island nation in Sub-Saharan Africa, where 1GB of data costs an average $52.50.

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Canada gets a failing grade in comparison to many other countries, with some of the most expensive mobile data out of all 228 countries, with the average cost of 1GB of mobile data being $12.55.

By comparison, the US ranks 188th, with 1GB costing an average $8.

On Tuesday, the Canadian government pledged to cut the cost of wireless plans by 25% over two years and to regularly track and release the cost until that goal is achieved.

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