Nigeria’s Internet Speed Averages 25Mbps
By Bliss Okperan
Nigeria’s internet speed averages 25 megabits per second (Mbps), according to data from Surf Shark, a cybersecurity company focused on developing humanised privacy and security solutions.
The ranking, contained in the 5th annual (Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL), showed that the country dropped two places to 7th from 9th within the last two years.
A quick average analysis shows that at an average of 25 Mbps, Nigeria is far from the world’s fastest fixed internet Singapore, which is 300 Mbps and is ahead compared to the slowest fixed internet in the world, Yemen, which is 11 Mbps.
The report, seen by Business Post, showed that Nigeria’s mobile internet is 31 per cent slower than its African peer South Africa, while fixed broadband is 64 per cent slower.
Despite this, Surf Shark said since last year, mobile internet speed in Nigeria has improved by 87 per cent, while fixed broadband speed has grown by 33 per cent, which shows that Nigeria’s internet speed was worse than 25 Mbps in previous years.
Reports show that Nigeria’s internet is highly unaffordable compared to other countries due to economic challenges. Nigerians have to work 35 hours 25 minutes a month to afford fixed broadband internet, according to research.
In comparison to Romania, which has the world’s most affordable fixed internet, Nigeria’s working hours are over 119 times more than that of Romanians. The Romanians have to work for just 18 minutes a month to afford it.
The mobile internet averages 47 Mbps and the fastest mobile internet, the UAE, is 310 Mbps, while the world’s slowest mobile internet, Venezuela, is 10 Mbps.
The DQL Index 2023 examined 121 nations (92 per cent of the global population) based on five core pillars that consist of 14 indicators.
Surfshark’s spokeswoman, Ms Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, said, “In many nations, ‘digital quality of life’ has merged into the broader concept of overall ‘quality of life’.”
“There’s no other way to look at it now that so many daily activities, including work, education, and leisure, are done online.
“That’s why it’s crucial to pinpoint the areas in which a nation’s digital quality of life thrives and where attention is needed, which is the precise purpose of the DQL Index,” she added.