Mobile Internet: the cost of gigabit deemed satisfactory in Congo

The latest recently published Alliance for affordable internet surveys rank African countries where the price of gigabit (GB) in mobile broadband is the most affordable. In about fifty countries, the Congo ranks fifteenth, a less alarming position than presumed, according to the report.

After the Congo, where the price of GB in mobile broadband is 4,45 dollars, about 2 500 F CFA, countries like Angola (16,3 dollars), Guinea Bissau (15,66 dollars) or Zimbabwe and Somalia (15 dollars) show prices considered very expensive. Further, and what seems surprising, South Africa (10,41 dollars) and Ivory Coast (8,78 dollars) present a table not attractive despite an Internet ecosystem whose exemplary is welcomed.

Among the good students in terms of the most affordable tariffs, there are Sudan (1,2 dollar), Nigeria (2,74 dollars), Rwanda (2,8 dollars), Burundi (3,3 dollars) or Cameroon and Niger (both to 3,48 dollars). The Congo comes with 4,45 dollars, not far from the beautiful poster and better than the Democratic Republic of Congo aligned at the forty-second place, with 12,58 dollars the GB, a little more than 7000 F CFA, or Morocco, twenty-second, with a rate of 5,28 dollars the GB in mobile broadband.

The high price of the internet is a subject that does not leave harmless, as evidenced by the different interpretations of this ranking on the web. If the Congo can be pleased with a somewhat pleasant position in this report, produced by an institution as credible as the Alliance for affordable internet, it is thanks to the efforts made by the State, notably the Posts and electronic communications (Arpce) in the rationalization in the matter, the establishment and control of quality of service standards.

Despite economic sluggishness that also affected the sector and having dubbed, last year, a tariff war among the major mobile operators, the Arpce had banged their fists on the table to ensure the mobile phone environment that could explode with so-called toxic internet offers.

Although efforts are more desired by consumers for an even cheaper Internet, this ranking still bodes well for the fundamental, sometimes discrete, actions taken by the public authorities and the Arpce in the maintenance of an ecosystem that is developing.

The leader of this ranking, the Alliance for affordable internet is an initiative to make the internet more affordable worldwide. It has eighty member organizations from several countries, civil society, and the public and private sectors. It works closely with governments and local actors in Africa, Asia and Latin America on policy and regulatory reform through a combination of advocacy, research and knowledge sharing.

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