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Africa: Which countries charge the most for internet data?

By Solène Benhaddou
Posted on Tuesday, 13 July 2021 09:41

The GSMA, the global telecoms lobby, saw the average price of mobile handsets on the continent fall in 2019. Sylvain Cherkaoui for JA

Despite the installation of submarine cables to connect the continent, the price of a gig of mobile internet data remains very high on average.

Although Africa’s digital divide is narrowing, the cost of internet is struggling to come down. On 30 June, the last section of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable – which links France to South Africa and connects 10 African countries, including Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – was put into service.

It is the latest example that demonstrates Africa’s progress on internet coverage: the 17,000km-long cable represented a $700m investment by a 20-member consortium that included the French group Orange, which contributed $250m.