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News around Africa - December 23, 2021

Reports Shows Nigeria Ranks 4th in Africa for Affordable Internet Data

Nigeria didn’t move up the ladder, rather maintained the 19th position it ranked in 2020, though with a lower score of 66.19.

According to the Alliance for Affordable Internet’s (A4AI) 2021 Affordability Drivers Index (ADI) study, Nigeria ranks 19th out of 72 in the world for internet affordability in 2021, and fourth in Africa. 

In terms of legislation, infrastructure, and how individuals may use the Internet in the nation, A4AI scored Nigeria  68.71 out of 100. Nigeria is the fourth most cheap Internet country in Africa, trailing Morocco, Botswana, and Mauritius, which are rated 9th, 13th, and 18th globally, respectively.

Unfortunately, the report showed that Nigeria didn’t move up the ladder, rather maintained the 19th position it ranked in 2020, though with a lower score of 66.19.

According to A4AI, high ADI scores are associated with lower Internet costs on both the industry and consumer sides. The ADI scores countries in two main policy groups: the degree to which Internet network has been deployed, as well as the policy framework in place to encourage future infrastructure expansion; and current broadband adoption rates, as well as the policy framework in place to enable accessibility.

“High ADI scores correlate with reduced broadband costs on both the industry side and for consumers. As the figure shows, there is a positive and statistically significant correlation between a country’s ADI score and the affordability of a 1GB mobile prepaid broadband plan — reaffirming that improving policies and regulations to lower industry costs should be a priority for all, and particularly for low- and middle-income countries,” stated the organisation in the report.

It went on to say that the ADI tool was created to evaluate how well a country’s policy, regulatory, and overall supply-side environment is functioning to reduce industry costs and, eventually, provide more inexpensive broadband. “In particular, policymakers and relevant stakeholders can use this tool to identify where progress is needed most,” it said.

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