A new report has shown that Canadians are paying substantial amount of dollars per GB of mobile data than users in other countries.
The report by telecom research firm, tefficient, shows that out of the 32 countries analysed, Canadian carriers are charging the most for data usage and consumers are still paying high amount for their data usage even though their data usage is limited. Alongside Canada, other countries where mobile data charges per GB are high are Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
The report also notes that in countries where data charges are very high, users are using much less mobile data and in countries where unlimited or generous mobile data plans are being offered, a substantially large percentage of mobile users are using mobile based internet.
The findings of the report are stark considering that it brings to the fore countries where mobile data is relatively very inexpensive and substantial number of mobile users opt for unlimited data plans. Consider the case of Finland where half of users have unlimited data at some of the least expensive prices. In comparison the mobile data prices in Canada make it prohibitive to use mobile data and to keep the data connections on at all times.
An average user in Finland consumes more than 7 GB of data per month. The other countries where mobile data is heavily used are Korea, Sweden, Austria and Denmark.
While the report highlights that mobile data prices in Canada are very high compared to other countries, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) counters this stating that prices for mobile data in Canada are competitive. Pointing to a recent CRTC report wherein cost of a mobile data package that allows for usage between 2 GB and 5 GB per month is mentioned as $46.47, the association claims that it is less than the prices in the United states at $50.68 and Japan at $51.81.
There are countries where the cost of such packages are much below the levels in Canada – in Italy the price is just $14.35, in France it is just $14.98, in Australia it is just $15.57, while in the UK it costs just $17.61. You can find the complete report here.