Britain’s The Economist have published an interactive map comparing pre-paid mobile-broadband prices around the world using ITU’s data which is measured as a percentage of monthly gross national income (GNI) per person.
Austria has the most affordable mobile broadband in the world. Pre-paid handset-based subscription with 500 megabytes of data per month is the cheapest in Austria ($4.7), with Croatia ($12.9) also falling in the group with the lowest prices in the world. Europe generally has the lowest prices in the world according to the report, with mobile broadband also generally cheaper in developed countries, though rates are surprisingly high in America, where 500 megabytes of pre-paid data a month costs $85, or 2.1% of GNI per person. The Economist says that America’s high price is related to the structure of the market with two main players, Verizon and AT&T, and to the fact that it costs more to build a network than it does in small, densely populated European countries.