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Report claims mobile broadband is more affordable than ever

Reports show that mobile broadband is more affordable than ever, with fixed-line becoming an issue for low income societies
By: Chris Smith | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: Dec 1, 2015 4:34 pm

Now is a great time to own a mobile broadband plan, says the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in its latest report, paying homage to the new found affordability of this service. While mobile is on the mend pricing wise, the report also made mention that fixed-line broadband is becoming an issue, citing a global pricing issue that ensures poorer populations can't afford this service.




With the 'affordability' improving by 20 to 30 percent in the past year alone, the ITU reported that the disparity between mobile broadband pricing and wages is lessening by the day.


The ITU unearthed a major issue with fixed line broadband in the Least Developed countries, developing a list of 48 concerning areas that included Afghanistan, Rwanda and Haiti. While mobile broadband may be a possibility for people living in these places, the report shows that wired internet cost 70 percent of the gross national product per capita in 2014, with this rising to an alarming 98 percent in 2015. This figure states that it is simply not affordable for the general population.


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