The cost of mobile data in Greece is the highest in the European Union and one of the highest in the world, according to a new survey by Finnish Rewheel.
About six months after the research conducted by Rewheel on behalf of the Competition Commission for mobile data prices in Greece, the new study again raises concerns about the high cost of data.
Rewheel’s findings had been strongly challenged by the mobile telephony companies and the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EET) but the new study, with data obtained in the second half of 2020, reach the same conclusion: in Greece we have the highest charges in Europe for mobile data use.
The prices of mobile data packages in the EU have decreased in 2020, according to Rewheel, while our country has the highest tariffs in Europe and remains the least competitive among the 28 member states of the European Union and OECD countries.
Worldwide, Greece had the fourth highest cost of monthly data plans in the second half of 2020 and is far from the EU average. Only Canada, Mexico and New Zealand are more expensive than Greece.
In an announcement yesterday, EET noted that data usage in Greece increased in the first half by 66.8% compared to the same period last year, while the degree of data usage increased in the second quarter of 2020 to 2.58 GB per active subscriber per month, compared to 1.6 of the corresponding period of 2019, recording an increase of 61%.
Yet, this does not seem to be enough to remove Greece from the bottom of the list, in terms of data usage, where Greece is fourth from the end globally, beating only Colombia, Slovakia and South Africa.
Meanwhile, Greece together with Canada are the two most expensive countries in the world in terms of monthly charges for 10 GB data packages in the second half of 2020, with prices being 15 times higher than those in India.
Greek mobile companies, under pressure from the government, have begun reducing data usage costs this year. In fact, at the beginning of June, the first unlimited data programs were released.
But even after the reductions that took place after the summer, Rehweel's research shows that the minimum monthly charge for unlimited data programs in Greece exceed charges in the rest of the eurozone and OECD countries, with the average price being 44 euros.
In Europe and other OECD countries, totaling 21 nations, consumers can buy unlimited GB with 30 euros, while Greece here is the worst performer. Rewheel in its research conducted in May for Greece had noted the fact that prices are very high even if taxes are excluded and stressed that Greeks pay 10-20 euros per month to buy programs with minimal data.