A new report on the World Broadband Speed ââLeague 2021 by Cable UK ranked Nigeria 142nd, with an average download speed of 8.68 megabits per second (mbps), out of 224 countries tested for their speed. High-speed Internet.
The result after testing 107,431 unique IP addresses across the country shows that a 5 GB HD movie in Nigeria will take around 1 hour, 18 minutes and 39 seconds. Compared to Jersey, the country with the fastest broadband speed, the same film specification will take 2 minutes 29 seconds, about 31 times faster than Nigeria’s broadband speed.
According to the report, Nigeria lags 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 Reunion, the African country with the highest speed (43.62mbps).
However, the report also describes a significant improvement from the 3.34 Mbps recorded in September of last year, when Nigeria ranked 186th. An Airtel report said that improving the 4G network 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 also having seen impressive growth to 36,538,228, a jump from the 21,712,218 recorded in 2019.
Despite this development, the country is still lagging behind as it fails to reach the global average speed which currently stands at 29.79 Mbps, which is a 20% increase from the 24.83 Mbps recorded l ‘last year. Likewise, the number is still 10 Mbps less than the minimum speed required to meet the needs of a typical family or small business.
As Nigeria competes with the world for a higher broadband penetration rate, analysts say one of the hurdles is the right of way (RoW) fees charged by some states in the country. According to Isa Ali Pantami, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, 29 of the country’s 36 states as of April 2021 had yet to implement a federal government-proposed right-of-way charge of N 145 per linear meter.
Sub-Saharan African countries dominate the list of latest
In general, African countries ranked very poorly in terms of broadband distribution with six of the bottom 10 – namely Somalia (1.59 Mbps), Djibouti (1.46 Mbps), South Sudan (1 , 40 Mbps), Equatorial Guinea (1.30 Mbps), Guinea-. Bissau (1.24 Mbps) and Ethiopia (1.20 Mbps) – from the sub-Saharan Africa region.
While North Africa became the region with the slowest overall internet speed (none of the ranked countries in the region made it to the top 120), the highest ranked country in the region was Morocco, ranked 129th with a broadband speed of 10.33 Mbps. It was followed by Tunisia with an average speed of 7.46 Mbps while Egypt had the third fastest speed in the region with 6.94 Mbps.
Despite the huge setback, however, a report from Speedlight Intelligence shows that every country in North Africa has improved their mobile and fixed broadband speeds from Q2 2020 to Q1 2021 despite huge setbacks in the global economy.
Further analysis shows that African countries have very slow internet due to inadequate broadband infrastructure. Jersey, for example, is the first and only country in the world to make fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) available to every broadband user. FTTP uses all optical fibers, making it the fastest type of fiber on the market, unlike fiber to the cabinet (FTTC).