Nigeria Trails behind African Peers in Internet Connectivity
In spite of the current Internet penetration in Nigeria, rankings in terms of connectivity index have consistently not favoured the country.
Earlier this year, data Cable extracted from 63 million broadband speeds around the world and in the report, Nigeria was ranked 16th in Africa in terms of internet speed with, 1.86 mbps. And now a new report by Huawei has ranked Nigeria behind her African peers in Internet connectivity.
According to a report released by Information and Communications Technology firm, Huawei Technologies, 50 countries are listed under three categories namely: Leaders, Followers and Beginners on the Global Connectivity Index list , with Nigeria retaining the status of a ‘ Beginner ’.
South Africa and Egypt are ranked number 33 and 36, respectively, and fall under the ‘ Followers’ category.
While Morocco, Algeria, Kenya , Nigeria and Ghana fall under the ‘Beginners’ section of the index – the countries are ranked 42 , 43, 46, 47, and 48, respectively.
The report , which is the second annual GCI of Huawei , was released in Shenzhen, China, and ranked 50 economies in terms of connectivity , ICT usage, and digital transformation.
The index focuses on 38 variables such as networks, connectivity , computing, mobile adoption, digital economy, service demand and e-Commerce to determine the position of each of the 50 nations.
The variables are divided across four areas namely supply, demand, experience and potential being measured and analysed.
Huawei stated in the report that to ensure ICT growth, “African countries need to develop national broadband strategies to compete with developing nations.”