In an article published on its blog in early November 2020, US-based financial services provider NetCredit said that in Mauritania, « the bill for a 10 Mbps line would be $4,726.36 (2.6 million FCFA). This, even though the average salary in the country is about $60 (33,000 FCFA). This makes it the second least affordable broadband market in the world.
Mauritania is second only to Yemen, where a broadband contract costs nearly 30 times the average monthly salary, due to the civil war that makes it impossible to build a reliable broadband infrastructure. However, due to a lack of investment, Mauritania is sorely lacking in infrastructure, causing prices for Internet services to soar.
NetCredit estimates that broadband prices on the African continent remain relatively unaffordable compared to other regions of the world: « The worst 10 Mbps offers cost more than 1000% of the monthly salary in some parts of Africa, thanks to double-digit salaries and speeds of barely 4 Mbps. Even in the Seychelles, where salaries are comparable to those in Hungary, one would have to spend 31.89% of one’s income to get a 10 Mbps speed, as the average download speed is only 3.96 ».
On the black continent, NetCredit cites positive examples, such as South Africa, which has the most affordable broadband market, with 10 Mbps costing $31.89 (17,539 FCFA) per month, or 7.74% of an individual’s monthly salary.
Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritius and Morocco have one of the most developed telecommunications infrastructure on the continent. Other countries, such as Botswana, Mozambique, Somalia and Ethiopia have broadband agreements to provide affordable broadband.