SurfShark, a privacy protection company has ranked Nigeria lowest on its survey of internet affordability in 85 countries, which translates to 81% of the about 195 countries in the world.
In the result released by the company, Nigeria ranked 85th out 85 countries surveyed, below Columbia and Honduras.
The result of the survey.
Some of the major findings from the study are stated below:
- Nigerians have to work 27 minutes 55 seconds for 1 GB of mobile internet (global average: 10 minutes).
- People living in Nigeria have to work 33 hours 42 minutes to afford the cheapest broadband internet (global average: three hours 48 minutes a month)
- Households in Africa and the Americas have the least affordable and the worst quality internet in terms of speed & stability.
- People living in Oceania have the most affordable internet access, followed by Asia and Europe.
A recent study on the Digital Quality of Life reveals the prevailing inequalities among countries in terms of internet affordability. The research shows that 75% of the researched countries have to work more than the global average to afford the internet. Also, the findings suggest that often less affordable internet is not necessarily faster in speed or more stable.
“Any country’s digital advancement has a tangible relation to its economic potential and population’s overall wellbeing. In the COVID-19 era, it’s even more important as most of the employees face working full time online,” said VytautasKaziukonis, CEO of privacy protection company Surfshark.
“Since work from home realities vary widely by location, Surfshark’s research on internet affordability and quality aims to establish a common ground for further conversation.”
The DQL report shows that world regions where people on average pay the most for mobile and fixed broadband internet services also contend with the worst quality internet in terms of stability and speed.
For instance, people living in Africa have to work almost 11 hours a month to pay for even the cheapest broadband package and approximately 12 minutes for 1GB of mobile internet.
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