Mauritania has the second least affordable broadband market in the world with 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) deal costing over $4 000 per month. This is beyond the reach of many in a nation where an average salary is about $60.
“In Mauritania, the broadband bill for a 10 Mbps line would be an incredible $4,726.36,” said NetCredit, a United States based financial service provider in a blog post early this month.
“This dwarfs the average monthly paycheck of $60.50 at a rate of 7812.16%. This makes Mauritania the second least affordable broadband market in the world.”
The Northwest African nation is ranked the second least affordable broadband market in the world after Yemen, where a broadband deal costs nearly 30 times the average monthly salary, thanks to the civil war that makes it impossible to build reliable broadband infrastructure.
The lack of broadband infrastructure in Mauritania is one of the reasons why it has ranked so low. In Africa, several countries such as Botswana, Mozambique, Somalia and Ethiopia have broadband deals that cost hundreds of dollars.
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