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Why India’s data plans remain the cheapest globally-Report

By Juliet Umeh

A new report released by UK-based price comparison firm, Cable.co.uk has unveiled that India has the cheapest mobile data services worldwide.

It noted that India lowered the average cost of 1GB of data by about 65% since November 2018, as operators offer large-sized plans.

The report said: “At Rs 6.7 ($0.09) per gigabyte (GB), the average cost of mobile data in India is cheapest in the world. This is also about 65% cheaper compared to Rs 18.5 ($0.3) per GB, which was the cost of data in India in 2018.”
Meanwhile, 1GB of data costs an average $8 in the US and $1.4 in the UK. The global average cost of data stood at just over $5 per GB.

The dip in cost is despite the recent hike in tariffs by telecom operators to combat financial stress as the data packages offered by Indian telcos are larger compared to global benchmarks.

India, for instance, is offering plans with caps in the hundreds of gigabytes, or even completely unlimited, the study said.

Cable.co.uk consumer telecoms analyst Dan Howdle, said: “Generally, providers in India are offering larger data packages than they were the time before when we last measured.

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