The quality of the Internet services offered to about 120 million users in Nigeria appeared to be get worse daily as confirmed by a report. The report stated that the country’s download speed has gone from bad to worse in the last three years.

Specifically, a UK-based price comparison website, Cable, revealed that the Nigeria’s Internet download speed is one of the slowest in the world. According to the report, the country’s Internet download speed ranked 177th of 207 countries measured globally.

The report further showed that it takes an average of over seven minutes (7:18) to download a High Definition (HD) movie of 5GB in Nigeria as against Taiwan’s less than eight seconds and Madagascar’s 30 seconds. This result was arrived at, after conducting 172,881tests on 43,918 Internet Protocols (IPs) in Nigeria in 2019. It decreased by -16.23 per cent between 2018 and 2019.

The report noted that Nigeria’s Internet download speed has deteriorated in the past two years from 95th in 2017 to 177th in 2019.

Despite claims by service providers to offer Nigerians 4G, even 4G+ (whose speed is supposed to be very high) coupled with the avalanche of submarine cable system, about five at the shores of Nigeria that boast of 40Tbps international capacity, the download speed is still very low.


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One of the excuse for offering slow internet connection could be that Nigeria is still one of the countries that offer cheap data services.

According to the reports;

Africa is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision, relying primarily on wireless (WiMAX, 3G, 4G) connectivity rather than cables to cover its vast spaces.

Source: Cable – Worldwide broadband speed league 2019

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