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The state of broadband (FBB&FWA) pricing – 1H2023
2023
Broadband
FBB
FWA
FTTH
FTTN
FTTB
FTTP
5G
4G
mobile
wireless
prices
gigabytes
terabytes
unlimited
country
operators
rankings
Europe
America
Asia
Middle East
Africa

June 2023
5G fixed wireless access (FWA) broadband plans are marketed and priced as equal or better alternatives compared to non- pure fibre based broadband plans. In 9 out of 50 countries (e.g., in the UK and Switzerland) plans with the lowest monthly price, for 100 Mbit/s download speed, were 5G FWA rather than fixed broadband plans. While broadband prices are higher in more expensive countries mobile prices are not. Mobile monthly prices are, in average, 2-3 times lower in 4 vs. 3 MNO markets.

The state of 4G and 5G pricing, 1H2023 – Inflation edition
2023
5G
4G
mobile
wireless
prices
gigabytes
terabytes
unlimited
country
operators
rankings
inflation
Europe
America
Asia
Middle East
Africa

March 2023
4G&5G smartphone plan prices – for new contracts – continued to fall across most EU and OECD countries despite near double-digit inflation figures. The near-double-digit inflation in 2022 had a moderate price increase effect in markets where only 3-MNOs are present while it had no significant impact in markets where 4 MNOs are present. In almost all 4-MNO markets monthly prices fell or were flat despite an average inflation of ~9%.

Mobile prices are 2x to 5x lower in markets with 4 or more MNOs
2022
prices
4G
5G
concentration
HHI
4
MNOs
population
density
mobile
performance
wireless

January 2022
What are the factors that significantly affect mobile prices? Market concentration has a statistically significant effect on mobile prices. The lower the market concertation (HHI) the lower price. The number of mobile network operators (MNOs) has an even stronger statistically significant effects on mobile prices. The higher the number of MNOs the lower the price. The presence of a maverick (disruptive firm) has as well a significant lowering effect on mobile prices.

Canada needs a new maverick mobile network operator
2021
5G
4G
wireless
prices
expensive
gigabytes
Canada
Rogers
Freedom Mobile
Telus
Bell
Videotron

April 2021
Canada has among the highest wireless prices in the world. The merger of Rogers and Shaw, if approved as notified, will be the final nail in the coffin of infrastructure-based competition in Canada. The only effective remedy for the merger is the upfront creation of a new maverick mobile network operator.

The state of 4G and 5G pricing, 1H2021 – operator rankings
2021
5G
4G
prices
mobile
wireless
gigabytes
unlimited
operator
world
rankings

April 2021
4G and 5G prices from 179 operators in 51 European, American, Asia Pacific, Middle East and African countries. Who are the operators with the highest and lowest monthly prices in the world?

Is Canada the most expensive wireless market in the world?
2021
5G
4G
wireless
prices
expensive
gigabytes
Canada
Rogers
Freedom Mobile
Telus
Bell

April 2021
Canada has, if not the highest, among the highest wireless prices in the world. The minimum monthly price for a smartphone plan that includes 20 gigabytes in Canada is the highest among 51 European, American, Asia Pacific, Middle East and African countries. Consumers in Canada pay 7x more every month than consumers in France for 20 gigabytes.

4G&5G prices are 2x to 4x lower in markets with four MNOs
2020
dfmonitor
prices
4G
5G
concentration
4
MNOs
population
density
speed
mobile
wireless

December 2020
What are the factors that determine mobile prices? Market concentration (no. of MNOs) has a statistically significant effect on 4G&5G monthly and gigabyte prices. The higher the no. of MNOs the lower the price.

4G&5G connectivity competitiveness 2020
2020
dfmonitor
broadband
pricing
4G
5G
operator
competitiveness
Elisa
Finland
Canada
Greece
mobile
wireless

November 2020
Elisa Finland had overall the most competitive 4G&5G connectivity monthly prices in 2H2020 among 168 mobile network operators present in 48 European, American, Asia Pacific and African countries.

The state of 4G&5G broadband pricing – 2H2020
2020
dfmonitor
broadband
pricing
4G
5G
Brazil
China
Colombia
India
Russia
Taiwan
South Africa
mobile
wireless

October 2020
The share of smartphone, mobile and wireless broadband plans with unlimited data volume continued to grow, gigabyte allowances of finite data volume plans continued to grow – but overall monthly and gigabyte prices continued to fall. Monthly prices of smartphone and wireless broadband plans with unlimited data volume fell in EU in 2H2020!

The state of 4G&5G pricing in Latin America, August 2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Peru
Argentina
Mexico
mobile
wireless

August 2020
Mobile data prices in Latin American 4-MNO markets are competitive and broadly on par with European and other OECD 4-MNO market prices. Mobile data prices in Latin American 3-MNO markets are sub- or non-competitive (i.e. significantly higher than 4-MNO market prices).

4G & 5G prices in Germany, Italy, France, Spain and UK – June 2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Germany
Italy
France
Spain
UnitedKingdom
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone
Telefonica
Orange
Altice
BouyguesTelecom
Iliad
Hutchison
Masmovil
mobile
wireless

July 2020
Monthly prices of plans with unlimited data volume and as well gigabyte prices of plans with data caps continue to be significantly higher in the 3-MNO German versus the 4-MNO Italian, French, Spanish and UK markets.

The state of 4G & 5G pricing, 1H2020
2020
dfmonitor
data-caps
pricing
mobile-first
Japan
Germany
Greece
Netherlands
UnitedStates
Australia
Canada
mobile
wireless

April 2020
The share of smartphone and mobile/wireless broadband plans with unlimited data volume continues to grow, gigabyte allowances of finite data volume plans continue to grow – but overall monthly prices continue to fall.


Unlimited mobile data – Why Finland is different
2020
Finland
Elisa
DNA
TeliaCompany
pricing
5G
mobile
wireless

February 2020
... and why operators in other markets can’t easily replicate the Finnish model.

Rewheel in the international media
Why are Canadians' cellphone bills higher than other countries?
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Reducing Wireless Competition in Europe
The New York Times (editorial)


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