The Internet is the world’s largest computer network. It has a wide range of applications including e-mail, online chat, file transfers, World Wide Web documents, and many more. Therefore, it can be considered as one of our fast-growing and most advanced inventions.
Overall, the number of internet users has grown to over 3.4 billion in 2016 from only 413 million in 2000. The threshold of one billion was surpassed in 2005. For the last five years, every day an average of 640,000 people first went online. As per the record of December 2018, 4.1 billion people uses Internet.
Fig: A current example of people using Internet Services
Mobile data can come with a high price tag for smartphone users who like streaming. New UK-based price comparison analysis of mobile data prices by cable.co.uk collected and analyzed 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries to compare the cost of one GB of mobile data worldwide.
- UK is 136th with an average cost of 1 GB of mobile data of USD 6.66.
- India is the cheapest country with an average cost of 1 Gb in USD 0.26 to buy mobile data.
- US is one of the most expensive developed countries in the world to purchase mobile data and cost 1 GB of USD 12.37.
- Zimbabwe is the most expensive country for mobile data purchases. The average cost of 1 GB is USD 75.20 – 289 times the average cost of India.
- Four of the five most expensive countries for the purchasing of mobile data are in sub-Saharan Africa. Island nations in Oceania and in the Caribbean are also often among the world’s most expensive.
The Most And Least Expensive Countries For Broadband
In many cheapest countries, mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure is excellent which enables providers to deliver large amounts of data at low prices. In recent years, though internet use has shaken – 3,78 billion and counting – more than half of the world’s population still has no access. At the more expensive end of the list, we have countries with very little demand, but often with little infrastructure. Consumers often buy just ten megabytes of data packages at a time, so a gigabyte is comparatively big and therefore costly. Many countries have good infrastructure and competitive mobile markets in the middle of it, and although their prices are not among the lowest in the world, their consumers would not always regard them as expensive.
Author : Manisha Regmi