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Cost of mobile broadband in Lebanon is 61st lowest globally, eighth lowest among Arab countries

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - April 16, 2016, 09h54

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) indicated that the cost of postpaid mobile-broadband services in Lebanon was $11 per month in 2014, which is equivalent to 1.34% of the country's gross national income (GNI) per capita, reported Byblos Bank's Lebanon This Week.

The cost covers a minimum of 500 Megabytes of mobile-broadband services that are used through handheld devices such as a mobile phones or tablets. It constituted the 61st lowest cost among 164 countries, the 12th lowest among 44 upper middle-income countries (UMICs) and the eighth lowest among 14 Arab countries. It was lower than the global average of 6.5% of GNI per capita, the UMICs' average of 2.2% of GNI per capita and the Arab average of 4.1% of GNI per capita. Finland has the least expensive postpaid handset-based mobile-broadband in the world at 0.1% of GNI per capita, and Qatar has the cheapest service among Arab countries at 0.23% of GNI per capita.

In addition, the cost of prepaid mobile-broadband for a minimum of 500 MB in Lebanon was $11 per month, equivalent to 1.34% of its GNI per capita. It is the 60th least expensive globally, the 12th least costly among UMICs and the seventh lowest among Arab countries.

It was less expensive than the global average of 6.7% of GNI per capita, the UMICs' average of 2.2% of GNI per capita and the Arab average of 4.7% of GNI per capita. Norway has the least expensive postpaid handset-based mobile-broadband in the world at 0.1% of GNI per capita, and Qatar has the cheapest service among Arab countries at 0.3% of GNI per capita.

Further, the cost of prepaid computer-based mobile-broadband services in Lebanon was $20.9 per month, which is equivalent to 2.54% of the country's GNI per capita. The cost covers a minimum of one Gigabyte of mobile broadband that is used through a computer. It was the 72nd least expensive globally, the 18th least expensive among UMICs and the 11th least expensive regionally. It was lower than the global average of 11.4% of GNI per capita, the UMICs' average of 4.2% of GNI per capita and the Arab average of 5% of GNI per capita.

Austria has the least expensive prepaid computer-based mobile-broadband in the world at 0.16% of GNI per capita and Qatar has the cheapest service among Arab countries at 0.38% of GNI per capita per month.

In parallel, the cost of fixed broadband for a minimum of one GB in Lebanon was $17.51 per month in 2014, equivalent to 2.13% of the country's GNI per capita. It was the 70th lowest price globally, the 15th lowest among UMICs and the ninth lowest among Arab countries.

It was lower than the global average of 47.4% of GNI per capita, the UMICs' average of 5.5% of GNI per capita and the Arab average of 5.6% of GNI per capita. In comparison, Kuwait has the least expensive fixed broadband in the world at 0.29% of GNI per capita.

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