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The President of NiRA, Muhammed Rudman, believes strongly that for Nigeria to move up the ladder and satisfy consumers, “there should be a meeting between the government and industry stakeholders.” Nigeria InternetSpeed Technology

The quality of the Internet services offered to the about 120 million users in Nigeria appeared to be retrogressing as confirmed by a report that the country’s download speed has gone from bad to worse in the last three years.

Interestingly, this is despite claims by service providers to offer Nigerians 4G, even 4G+ coupled with the avalanche of submarine cable system, about five at the shores of Nigeria that boast of 40Tbps international capacity, the download speed is still very low. The report ranked Madagascar as the fastest African nation, clocking in at an average speed of 22.57Mbps, placing it 33rd globally. This is thanks to the underwater EASSy cable that supplies the island’s urban centres with respectable fibre broadband speeds. The report noted that most other African nations aren’t so lucky, with six out of the 40 included nations having to get by on average speeds of less than 1Mbps.

Reacting to the development, the President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria , Olusola Teniola, said the main issue is that there aren’t any local benchmarks to create the necessary awareness amongst consumers with respect to the speeds being offered by broadband service providers in Nigeria.

Teniola, who said the same applies to the proposed 5G speeds, pointed out that more investments in 4G rollouts is required on the back of optic fibre deployments. Rudman noted that challenges confronting service providers in the country are huge, ranging from lack of electricity, Right of Way, multiple taxations, vandalism, among others.

 

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