As young Africans push to be online, data cost stands in the way

Sub-Saharan Africa has the world's most expensive mobile data prices, according to the Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021 report. Image: Unsplash/Kojo Kwarteng

Kim Harrisberg

Water Rights Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kent Mensah

Adjunct Lecturer, Central University College


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A map showing how much does 1 GB of mobile data cost around the world
Sub-Saharan Africa has the world's most expensive mobile data prices. Image: Tom Finn/Thomson Reuters Foundation/Worldwide Mobile Data Pricing 2021

An image of Tech developer Divine Pumplampu
Tech developer Divine Pumplampu poses from his office with his laptop under his arm in Accra, Ghana. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundaton/Kent Mensah

A chart showing what some young people thought about the affordability of mobile data
Over 50% of young people from Sudan that were asked felt mobile data was hard to afford Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Tom Finn/African Youth Survey 2022

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