Malta is one of the most expensive countries in the world to buy mobile data, according to research carried out by Cable.co.uk.
Malta came in 209nd place out of 230 countries ranked for mobile data cheapness. While the global average price for 1GB of data was $8.53 (€7.53), in Malta, where 29 different plans were analysed, it costs around $18.79 (€16.58).
The cheapest country in the world to buy mobile data is India, where 1GB costs around $0.26 (€0.23), while the cheapest country in Western Europe for mobile data is Finland, at just $1.16 (€1.02).
Meanwhile the most expensive country in the world to buy mobile data is Zimbabwe, where 1GB will set you back around $75.20 (€66.34).
Dan Howdle, consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, said that the cheapest countries in which to buy mobile data either had excellent mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure, or were simply reliant on mobile data, meaning that prices had to be low.
On the other hand, countries at the more expensive end of the list – such as Malta – were likely to have middling infrastructure, and low rates of consumption, Mr Howdle said.
“People often buy data packages of just tens of megabytes at a time, making a gigabyte a relatively large and therefore expensive amount of data to buy.”
Mr Howdle added that many countries in the middle of the list had good infrastructure and competitive mobile markets. “While their prices aren’t among the cheapest in the world they wouldn’t necessarily be considered expensive by their consumers.”