Is internet data too expensive in Africa? – Tech report

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That’s one of the many questions being discussed at the Africa Tech Summit in London today.

The answer, at least in relative terms, appears to be: YES.

In Nigeria, based on the average income it would take someone 28 hours to earn enough to buy 500MB of mobile data.

For people in Germany, it takes just one hour, according to this slide tweeted by one entrepreneur at the conference:

The Africa Live Page’s own Clare Spencer is there and has been tweeting some interesting facts:

She’s also heard about a financial innovation seemingly named in honour of the outgoing UN secretary-general:

How much does mobile data cost? (500 MB prepaid mobile data)

  • South Africa: $9/month (1.5% of average income)
  • Kenya: $5.70/month (5.9% of average income)
  • Nigeria: $12.20/month (5.4% of average income)
  • Liberia: $20/month (59% of average income)
  • US: $48.90/month (1.1% of average income)
  • UK: $16.45/month (0.47% of average income)

Source: Measuring the Information Society Report, ITU (2015)

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