Nigeria emerged 142nd out of 224 countries ranked for the speed of their broadband Internet. This is according to a report on the World Broadband Speed ââLeague 2021 released by Cable UK.
According to the report, Nigeria’s average download speed is 8.68 megabits per second (mbps). This means that downloading 5 GB HD movie in Nigeria will take about 1 hour, 18 minutes and 39 seconds. This result was obtained after testing 107,431 unique IP addresses across the country.
To highlight, downloading a 5 GB HD movie in the country with the fastest broadband speed, Jersey would take 2 minutes 29 seconds. That’s about 31 times faster than Nigeria’s broadband speed.
Nigeria is also behind other African countries like Ghana (9.23 Mbps), Ivory Coast (9.54 Mbps), Burkina Faso (10.73 Mbps), Kenya (11.27 Mbps) , Madagascar (16.28 Mbps), South Africa (19.94 Mbps) and RÃ©union which is the African country with the highest speed (43.62 Mbps).
For Nigeria, this year’s broadband speed (8.68 Mbps) is a marked improvement over the 3.34 Mbps recorded in September 2020, when Nigeria ranked 186. One reason is. improvement of the 4G network across the country. According to a report from Airtel, the improvement of the 4G network has resulted in increased data traffic, increased penetration of smartphones, data customers and large volumes of data consumed per customer.
The total number of 4G connections in the country has also seen impressive growth, currently standing at 36,538,228. This is a huge improvement over the 21,712,218 recorded in 2019.
But despite these huge strides, Nigeria still falls short of the global average speed which currently stands at 29.79 Mbps, which is a 20% increase from the 24.83 Mbps recorded last year. In addition, the number is also under 10 Mbps, which is the minimum speed required to meet the needs of a typical family or small business according to the UK telecommunications watchdog, Ofcom.