Cost of mobile data in Lebanon is 72nd highest globally, fifth most expensive among Arab countries in 2018

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Cost of mobile data in Lebanon is 72nd highest globally, fifth most expensive among Arab countries in 2018

The Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing survey published by Cable.co.uk ranked Lebanon in 72nd place among 230 countries around the world and in fifth place among 20 Arab countries in terms of the cost of one gigabyte (1GB) of mobile data in 2018. Lebanon also came in 14th place among 53 upper middle-income countries (UMICs) included in the 2018 survey. 

Cable.co.uk compiled the figures from 6,313 mobile data plans across the world between October 23 and November 28, 2018. The average cost of 1GB per month in a country is the simple average of all qualified plans sampled in that country, either in the country's own currency or in the currency that mobile data providers use to advertise their prices. All prices are then converted to US dollars for comparison purposes.

The average cost of 1GB of mobile data in Lebanon was $9.21 per month in 2018, which is higher than the global average cost of $8.53 per month, the UMICs' average cost of $8.2 per month, as well as the Arab region's average cost of $6.76 per month. Also, Lebanon's average cost of 1GB was higher than the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) average cost of $6.1 per month and the non-GCC Arab countries' average cost of $7.05 per month. The cost of 1GB of mobile data in Lebanon ranged between $1.3 per month and $20 per month in 2018. In parallel, India is the cheapest country in the world for mobile data, where the average cost of 1GB was $0.26 per month in 2018. In contrast, Zimbabwe is the most expensive country worldwide to buy mobile data, as the average cost of 1GB reached $75.2 per month last year.