Nigeria ranks 150th in global internet speed

Nigeria ranked 150th among countries in the world ranked for their internet speed, a new survey has shown.

The West African nation also recorded fixed broadband download speeds of 9.70 megabits per second (Mbps).

The new poll called 2022 Speedtest Global Index and published by Ookla, a US-based internet speed analysis company, found that MTN Nigeria controlled 38.9 percent of mobile subscribers in Nigeria in Q2 2022.

With 74.1 million users on its subscriber list for the period, the mobile operator was 61 percent larger in terms of subscriber count than nearest competitor Airtel Nigeria, which had a total of 46 million users subscribed to its network by the end of June.

However, Airtel Nigeria outperformed MTN in terms of mobile performance. It had mean download speeds of 30.35 Mbps and mean upload speeds of 10.28 Mbps relative to MTN’s 26.30 Mbps download and 9.13 Mbps upload).

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These speeds are expected to increase in response to both companies’ significant network infrastructure investments totaling N208.5 billion ($502 million), the report said.

An improvement in 4G availability is part of the results of these editions. MTN had 83.8 percent 4G availability in the second quarter of 2022, compared to Airtel’s 77.9 percent.

Other African Nations

The report ranked the continent’s No. 96 Internet Provider, South Africa, with an average mobile Internet download speed of 36.11 Mbps. That fell below the global benchmark broadband download speed of 69.14 Mbps.

Egypt, which ranks 83rd on the list, had a speed of 45.46 Mbps, followed by Gabon and Burkina Faso.

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Over 40 countries have yet to lay the groundwork for creating 5G spectrum, although over 13 countries are already conducting trials.

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Such limitations could stand in the way of an inclusive global digital economy that needs reliable and fast internet access to accelerate growth that could easily reach the underserved, the report said.

Because South African carriers had deployed 5G networks, they were able to outperform other operators and demonstrate the impact of 5G on overall performance, according to analysis by Sylwia Kechiche, Principal Industry Analyst, Enterprise at Ookla.

The analyst said despite difficulties with load shedding, MTN South Africa is well ahead of the other providers with a median download speed of 65.95 Mbps, followed by Vodacom South Africa with a median download speed of 48.70 Mbps .

She added that if we take 5G out of the picture, Safaricom Kenya was the fastest operator among the operators evaluated.

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No signal and no access to mobile internet were the two most commonly reported problems, according to the study.

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