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Nigeria’s internet download speed ranks one of slowest in the world

Nigeria’s internet download speed ranks one of slowest in the world (@MTNNG, @GloWorld, @AirtelNigeria & @9mobileng)

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Nigeria’s internet download speed has gone from bad to worse as a report from the UK-based price comparison website, Cable, revealed that the country’s internet download speed is one of the slowest in the world. According to the report, Nigeria’s internet download speed is ranked 176th of 207 countries measured globally.

The report further shows that it takes an average of over 7 hours (7:18) to download an HD movie of 5GB in Nigeria. This means that Nigeria’s internet download speed has deteriorated in the past two years from 95th in 2017 to 176th in 2019.

Top ten countries: Taiwan has the fastest internet download speed in the world. In Taiwan, an HD movie of 5GB takes 8:02 minutes to download.

According to the report, the economy of Taiwan relies heavily on digital infrastructure, while the country itself occupies a relatively small space compared to many others. Taiwan was ranked 3rd in 2017 and moved first in 2019.

It was however revealed that smaller countries have the advantage of the relative ease of delivering the high-speed connection. Other countries in the top ten fastest internet download speed for an HD movie of 5GB include:

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  • 1st Taiwan     – 8.02 minutes
  • 2nd Singapore – 9.38 minutes
  • 3rd Jersey       – 10.07 minutes
  • 4th Sweden     – 12.22 minutes
  • 5th Denmark   – 13.53 minutes
  • 6th Japan        – 15.58 minutes
  • 7th Luxembourg – 16.23 minutes
  • 8th Netherlands – 16.59 minutes
  • 9th Switzerland  – 17.34 minutes
  • 10th Norway      – 17.45 minutes

Top 10 slowest internet download speed: Yemen records the slowest internet mobile download in the world. It takes an average of 30 hours for internet users in Yemen to download an HD movie of 5GB. Other countries in the top ten slowest internet download speed for an HD movie of 5GB include:

  • 198th Djibouti          – 12.53 hours
  • 199th São Tomé and Príncipe – 13.08 hours
  • 200th Somalia         – 13.17 hours
  • 201st Ethiopia         – 14.10 hours
  • 202nd Niger            – 16.05 hours
  • 203rd Turkmenistan – 16:10 hours
  • 204th Mauritania     – 19:22 hours
  • 205th Equatorial Guinea – 22:22 hours
  • 206th DR of Timor-Leste – 25:24 hours
  • 207th Yemen            – 30:01 hours

Further Breakdown: According to the report, last year, the five fastest countries that had download speeds around 88 times faster than the five slowest and that gap is further widening. The latest statistics suggest that the top five are 125 times faster than the five slowest. Taiwan tops the table at 85.02Mbps, compared to Yemen, which is 224 times slower at just 0.38Mbps.

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  • As already presented, downloading an HD movie of 5GB in size would take eight minutes and two seconds at the average speed experienced in table-topper Taiwan, while it would take over 30 hours in last-placed Yemen.
  • 37 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with ten in Asia & Pacific, two in North America, and just one in Africa.
  • By contrast, 25 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, 12 in the Arab States with ten in Asia & Pacific, and three in South/Latin America.

[READ ASLO: A quick look at how Nigerians used the POS in 2018]

Some downsides: Slow internet speed can affect both individuals and businesses and result in I.T infrastructural decay in the country.

  • NCC report shows about 119.5 users are subscribed to mobile internet subscribers in Nigeria.
  • According to a report by Financial Times, poor internet connections are costing the UK economy up to £11bn a year, with 42 percent of small to medium-sized businesses reporting problems with connectivity.
  • Slow internet access puts individuals and businesses at great disadvantage positions.
  • Despite the tremendous potential and impact of the Internet, Nigerians and their businesses are still made bear the cost and curse at the moment.

Bottom line: An earlier report shows that Nigerian telecom companies supposedly offer some of the cheapest mobile data subscription rates in Africa. Also, it has been revealed that there is a growing broadband penetration in Nigeria. Despite having five mobile internet data providers (MTN, Glo, 9mobile, Airtel and Visafone), internet downloads speed in Nigeria still ranks among the slowest in the world.

The rising population and internet users in the country can not be ruled out as factors contributing to this, as the report shows countries with lower populations enjoy faster internet.

However, this calls for telecoms service providers in Nigeria to deliver improved services to serve the teeming population, while its regulator (the NCC) needs to be more proactive in ensuring consumers get value for money.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    July 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    You are quite mistaken about this ranking having Nigeria

  2. Bolaji

    July 9, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Hello!!!!
    8.02 seconds . for Taiwan means 8 minutes, 2 seconds. Its quite unprecedented in 2019 to download 5GB in 8 seconds. Please correct all you entries!
    At the same time, “it takes an average of over 7 minutes (7:18) to download an HD movie of 5GB in Nigeria” is not reasonable. At least, I assume you live in NIgeria. 7 hours and 18 minutes is the right metric
    In the report screenshot you added, xx:yy:zz Means xx Hours, yy Minutes and zz seconds.
    Kindly correct ASAP!

    • Bamidele Samuel Adesoji

      July 9, 2019 at 10:47 am

      Thank you Bolaji, it was an error. CORRECTED!

      • Bolaji

        July 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

        Feel free to remove my comments. Didnt have a way to reach you so I commented. Thanks

    • Alfred Akuki

      July 9, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Hi Bolaji, thanks for the correction.

      • Bolaji

        July 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

        Feel free to remove my comments. Didnt have a way to reach you so I commented. Thanks

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ENDSARS

#EndSARS: Lagos State needs N1 trillion to rebuild losses – Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila has said that the Lagos State Governor told him that the state would need N1 trillion for the reconstruction of destroyed assets.

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Closing of Nigerian-owned shops in Ghana must be dealt with decisively - Femi Gbajabiamila, Lagos State needs N1 trillion for reconstruction - Femi Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that Lagos State will need about N1 trillion for the reconstruction and repair of the properties and infrastructure that was vandalized and destroyed by hoodlums.

Gbajabiamila disclosed this while responding to questions from State House Correspondents after the assessment visitation of some of the properties that were destroyed during the protest.

What you should know

The #EndSARS protest which started as a peaceful demonstration by thousands of youths, degenerated into chaos after the protests were hijacked by hoodlums. The distasteful actions of hoodlums and arsonists have seen properties worth billions of naira vandalized, destroyed and razed down.

One of the consequences of these events was reported by Nairametrics as the Lagos State Government revealed that 27 of the burnt Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles in the Oyingbo and Ojodu Berger areas of the state cost $200,000 each, while 57 of them cost $100,000 each, which gives a total of N3.9 billion.

(READ MORE: Lagos to support owners of looted, vandalised stores)

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What they are saying

According to information gathered by The Punch, the Speaker said, “The House of Representatives will do all it can to compensate all those who suffered brutality, including policemen that lost their lives in the process.

“However, we want to know what exactly happened at the Lekki Toll Gate. The judicial panel must reveal this. However, I want to encourage Nigerians to allow peace to reign.

“I learnt from the governor of Lagos State that it will take N1trn to rebuild what had been lost and asked him what’s the budget size of the state, he said about N1trn. You can see we are moving backwards.

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“Hence, we must consider the consequences of our actions before embarking on any venture. I, therefore, appeal to the youth to allow peace to reign henceforth. I still believe in the unity of Nigeria.

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ENDSARS

#EndSARS: NBC fines AIT, Channels and Arise TV over use of “unverifiable” footages

The NBC has sanctioned three major Nigerian television stations over their reportage of recent unrest across the country.

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NBC slams N5 million fine on Nigeria Info over Mailafia's inciting comments

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has fined Nigerian media houses including AIT, Channels TV and Arise News, claiming they used unverifiable video footages from social media to cover the #EndSARS protests.

This was disclosed in a report by AIT on Monday afternoon. According to media reports, the regulators imposed various fines on Arise TV, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television between N2million and N3million.

“The National Broadcasting Commission has sanctioned Africa Independent Television, AIT, Arise TV and Channels for what it calls, a gross violation of the broadcast code, top of which is the use of unverifiable online video footages on the social media,” AIT said.

The Acting Director-General of the commission, Armstrong Idachaba, warned that further sanctions will be harsher and announced that the owners of AIT, DAAR Communications would be fined separately for alleged reports of a fire incident at the National Christian Centre.

The sanction according to Idachaba, will be a fine of not less than N2 million.

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The NBC had warned last week that broadcasters must “perform the role of a peace agent by adhering to the principle of responsibility, accuracy and neutrality” in reporting the protests.

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Economy & Politics

Why Okonjo-Iweala should win the WTO DG role – Prof. Moghalu

Professor Kingsley Moghalu has thrown support behind Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to win the World Trade Organization top job.

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Why Okonjo-Iweala should win the WTO DG role- Prof. Moghalu

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has publicly canvassed support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala to win the World Trade Organization (WTO) top job.

The former professor of public policy at Fletcher School, Tufts University, made the disclosure via his official Twitter handle, as seen by Nairametrics

Prof. Moghalu made a strong case for why Africa’s candidate should be considered for the top shot, noting that the need for Africa to get a better deal in the world trading system should be a major criterion in selecting the next WTO DG. He also believed that correcting this negatively skewed trade deal will help tackle poverty and underdevelopment in Africa.

What you should know

Nairametrics had earlier reported that Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee have emerged as the last two candidates for the top WTO job.

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Prof. Moghalu also disclosed that the final selection decision is expected this week or very early next week.

(READ MORE:WTO DG: Okonjo-Iweala gets the backing of 79 countries so far)

Prof. Moghalu said, “The dynamics of world trade are rigged against Africa, keeping the continent poor and undeveloped. In this piece for Project Syndicate @ProSyn, I make a strong case for why Africa’s candidate, @NOIweala, should be selected as the next Director-General of @wto.

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“The final selection decision is expected this week or very early next. Alongside the case for why the African candidate Okonjo-Iweala is best placed to lead WTO, I make the case for the continent more broadly as to how and why it must get a better deal in the world trading system.”

What this means

If finally selected for the top job, the opportunity will present Dr. Okonjo the platform to solve some global trade-related issues, one of which is Africa’s trade position with the rest of the world.

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