The popularity of ultra-cheap data packs offered by Reliance Jio has reached 28 crore subscribers in a short time. The research by price comparison site Cable.co.uk showed that India has emerged as the country that provides mobile data at the lowest rate in the world. The research suggests that Indians pay on an average Rs 18 for one gigabyte (GB) of data against a global average of Rs 600.
“A country whose young population has a particularly high technological awareness, India offers a vibrant smartphone market, with strong adoption and many competitors. Data, therefore, is quite staggeringly cheap,” said the report. With over 430 million smartphone users, India is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China.
In order to perform this research, data from 6,313 mobile data plans in 230 countries were gathered and analyzed by Cable.co.uk between October 23 and November 28, 2018. For the India market, researchers studied 57 plans and found that 1GB of data was available in the country for as low as Rs 1.41 and for a maximum of Rs 98.83.
In terms of inexpensive mobile data packages, India is followed by Kyrgyzstan ($0.27), Kazakhstan ($0.49), Ukraine ($0.51) and Rwanda ($0.56).
Research study further suggests that 1GB of data cost $6.66 in the UK and $12.37 in the US. Mobile data packages are the most expensive in Zimbabwe where 1GB of data can cost on an average $75.20, the results showed.
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