As the #DataMustFall campaign gains traction in South Africa, data costs in neighbouring Zimbabwe are unlikely to drop – despite the country having the third most expensive mobile data in Africa.
According to a Research ICT Africa report on the state of prepared market – cost of communication, Zimbabwe’s cheapest monthly 1GB data package is set at US$30.
The two most expensive monthly bundles in Africa were from South Sudan (US$90.83) and Swaziland (US$30.33) said Chenai Chair Researcher/Communications & Evaluations Officer for Research ICT Africa.
The cheapest 1GB of data is available in Tanzania (US$0.89), Egypt (US$2.82) and Mozambique (US$2.87). At US$5.27 South Africa was placed in 16th position out of the 47 countries recorded.
The report made quarterly comparisons on shifts in prices with the focus on mobile prepaid pricing trends for voice, SMS, and 1GB monthly data. In August, the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) hiked mobile data prices in a bid to thwart social media activism around the #ThisFlag movement.
The new mobile data prices range from US$.050c for 8MB to US$60 for 2GB – depending on the mobile network.