Internet speeds in Nigeria still below par despite subscription uplift

26 April 2019

Internet speed in Nigeria is still slow despite an increase in subscriptions to 3G and 4G in the past year, according to the latest data from the Ookla Speedtest Global Index (OSGI).

Nigeria ranked 107th with a mobile internet download speed of 12.22 megabits per second (mb/s) compared to 12.76 mb/s in January.

The OSGI, which compared internet speed data from around the world each month, found that the global average for mobile internet download speed for the 136 countries surveyed

in February was 25.27mb/s, while 10.05mb/s was the global average upload speed achieved. Industry data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) indicated that about 23 million new 3G and 4G subscriptions were added by telecom operators in the 11 months since March 2018.

As of January 2019, the country attracted 61.7 million new 3G and 4G subscriptions.

The OSGI also found that Nigeria’s ranking for fixed broadband download speed also dropped six places from 133th position in January to 139th position globally in February this year.

In the fixed broadband category, the country recorded a 10.47mb/s average download speed and an 8.83mb/s upload speed in February.

The global average for fixed broadband download speed for the 177 countries examined was 55.58mb/s while it recorded 27.64mb/s for the upload speed.