The latest price slash in data prices got us digging to find out what our friends in other countries are paying. Do we actually pay more or less than other subscribers on the continent?
To begin with, we looked at two of the biggest players in the Mobile Network space, that is MTN and Airtel. Seeing that that two MNOs have quite the presence across Africa, we decided to use these as our guide. Zambians need to get to the bottom of whether they have been and maybe still paying too much for mobile internet.
No surprise that from the table above, MTN is priced higher than Airtel just like it is in Zambia. From the findings, Airtel in Uganda had their 5.5GB data at $13.85 while MTN 3GB was at $16.62. Airtel in Rwanda 5.2GB was at $5.88 while MTN 3GB was at $5.88. Airtel in Ghana 5GB was priced at $13.3 while MTN 4GB was priced at $13.3. Nigeria had Airtel 5GB pricing at $6.94 while MTN 5GB was priced at $9.7.
How to use this comparison table
-The first column shows the countries being compared.
-The second column shows the MTN data and price point from the countries in the first column. The second column is divided into 2 sub-columns showing the data in one and the approximate price in USD in the other.
-The third column shows the Airtel data and price point from the countries in the first column. The third column is divided into 2 sub-columns showing the data in one and the approximate price in USD in the other.
During the research for this article a couple of myths got debunked:
- MTN and Airtel aren’t that widespread on the continent especially when it comes to the retail (consumer) side,
- Zambia doesn’t pay the highest data rates however it is still on the higher side,
- The data packages (bundles) are not uniform across the board, it varies according to country.
Is the table what you expected? Let us know in the comments section below: