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Does India have cheapest mobile broadband? Find out...

Last updated on: October 11, 2013 12:45 IST

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Nearly half of the world's population has broadband connection on their mobile phones, according to The Economist. While the penetration of 3G and 4G is increasing, cost and speed varies across the globe.

Let's take a look at some countries, including India, and the price of mobile broadband connection.

Note: The ranking is based on how much it costs to get a pre-paid subscription based on monthly gross national income per person.

Source: The Economist

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Image: Dusk settles over the Angolan capital, Luanda.
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Angola

Cost of monthly subscription: $110.6 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 28.4 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 1

Angola, which has one of the biggest oil and gas resources in Africa, has a GDP of $130.4 billion.

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Image: Headquarters of Debswana Diamond Company in Gaborone, Botswana.
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Botswana

Cost of monthly subscription: $95.7 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 9 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 2

Botswana, a major diamond mining nation, has a GDP per capita of more than $14,000.

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Image: A view of Marrakesh's Jemma el-Fnaa square in Morocco.
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Morocco

Cost of monthly subscription: $80.7 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 20 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 3

Morocco, which has major trading ties with France, has a GDP of $171 billion.

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United States

Cost of monthly subscription: $85.0 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 2.1 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 4

United States, the biggest economy in the world, has a GDP of $16.63 trillion.

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Image: A dog sits as he waits next to his owner to cross a street in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Denmark

Cost of monthly subscription: $63.3 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 5

Denmark, one of the richest countries in the world, has a GDP of $313.82 billion.

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Image: Royal Palace at the end of Karl Johans Gate in Oslo, Norway.
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Norway

Cost of monthly subscription: $44.9 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.0 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 6

Norway, which has the largest sovereign fund in the world, has a GDP of $499.8 billion.

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Image: A view of Barcelona, Spain.
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Spain

Cost of monthly subscription: $40.6 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.6 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 7

Spain, which was badly hit by the global economic crisis, has a GDP of $1.34 trillion.

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Image: People play volleyball on the front lawn of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
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Canada

Cost of monthly subscription: $40.6 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.3 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 8

Canada, the 11th-largest economy in the world, has a GDP of $1.83 trillion.

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The Czech Republic

Cost of monthly subscription: $34.5 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 9

The Czech Republic, one of the most developed economies in central and eastern Europe, has a GDP of $286.7 billion.

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Image: High-rise residential and office towers are seen near Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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United Arab Emirates

Cost of monthly subscription: $28.5 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 10

United Arab Emirates, which has one of the biggest reserves of oil and gas, has a GDP of $360 billion.

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Image: Two girls ride a water bicycle in a park in Bucharest, Romania.
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Romania

Cost of monthly subscription: $26.3 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 2.2 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 11

Romania, which was hit badly by the global economic crisis, has a GDP of 277.9 billion euros.

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Russia

Cost of monthly subscription: $27.6 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 2.0 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 12

Russia, which was one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has a GDP of $2.02 trillion.

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Bangladesh

Cost of monthly subscription: $27.3 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 16.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 13

Bangladesh, one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia, has a GDP of $153.6 billion.

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Image: A view of the city skyline from the Zhongfu Building at night in Beijing, China.
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China

Cost of monthly subscription: $24.1 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 3.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 14

China, the fastest growing economy in the world, has a GDP of $8.35 trillion.

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Image: Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia

Cost of monthly subscription: $22.2 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.3 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 15

Saudi Arabia, which has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world, has a GDP of $906.8 billion.

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Image: A view of Auckland City from atop the Sky Tower in New Zealand.
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New Zealand

Cost of monthly subscription: $19.6 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 1.0 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 16

New Zealand, one of the biggest exporters of dairy products in the world, has a GDP of $182.9 billion.

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France

Cost of monthly subscription: $13.8 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.5 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 17

France, one of the richest countries in the world, has a GDP of $2.60 trillion.

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Image: A view of central Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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Ukraine

Cost of monthly subscription: $13.5 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 2.6 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 18

Ukraine, which was badly hit by the global economic crisis, has a GDP of $335.4 billion.

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Poland

Cost of monthly subscription: $13.4 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.8 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 19

Poland, the sixth-largest economy in the European Union, has a GDP of $799.2 billion.

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Australia

Cost of monthly subscription: $12.8 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.5 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 20

Australia, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has a GDP of $1.57 trillion.

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Italy

Cost of monthly subscription: $12.7 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.5 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 21

Italy, which has one of the highest standard of livings in the world, has a GDP of $2.014 trillion.

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Germany

Cost of monthly subscription: $12.4 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.4 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 22

Germany, one of the biggest economic powerhouses in the world, has a GDP of $3.57 trillion.

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United Kingdom

Cost of monthly subscription: $8.8 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.3 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 23

United Kingdom, one of the biggest financial centres of the world, has a GDP of $2.37 trillion.

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India

Cost of monthly subscription: $8.1 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 2.9 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 24

India, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has a GDP of $1.82 trillion.

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Image: A man talks to customers while offering them a camel ride along Karachi's Clifton Beach, Pakistan.
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Pakistan

Cost of monthly subscription: $6.1 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 3.1 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 25

Pakistan, which is taking measures to attract more foreign direct investments, has a GDP of $240 billion.

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Austria

Cost of monthly subscription: $4.7 for 500 megabytes of data

Percentage of monthly gross national income per person: 0.1 per cent

Overall rank in broadband cost: 26

Austria, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, has a GDP of $395.5 billion.