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Tuesday 25th June 2019,
Hope for Nigeria

Nigeria’s Internet speed ranks low amid rising 3G, 4G subscriptions

Internet speed in Nigeria has remained slow despite recording increasing subscriptions to third generation of wireless technology

The Internet speed in Nigeria has remained slow despite recording increasing subscriptions to third generation of wireless technology, 3G and fourth generation of wireless technology, 4G in the past one year.

Nigeria ranked 107th in mobile Internet download speed as of February 2019, down one place from its 106th position in January, the latest data from the Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index showed.

In February 2019, the average mobile Internet download speed was 12.22 megabits per second down from 12.76 mbps in January.

The index, which compared Internet speed data from around the world on a monthly basis, stated that the global average for mobile Internet download speed for the 136 countries examined in February was 25.27mbps while 10.05mbps was the global average upload speed attained.

The report indicated that Nigeria’s average mobile Internet download speed in January was the highest in one year while the lowest Internet speed at 9.50mbps was recorded in March last year.

Ookla’s Global Index indicated that the country had not exceeded the 102th Internet speed ranking in the past one year despite rising 3G and 4G subscriptions.

Industry data from Nigerian Communications Commission indicated that about 23.02 million new 3G and 4G subscriptions were added by telecoms operators in 11 months since March 2018.

As of January this year, the country had 61.73 million new 3G and 4G subscriptions.

Also, Ookla index showed that the country’s ranking for fixed broadband download speed also dropped by six places from 133th position in January to 139th position globally in February this year.

In the fixed broadband category, Nigeria recorded 10.47 mbps average download speed and 8.83 mbps upload speed in February this year.

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