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Report: Nigeria Ranked Third on Internet Affordability in Africa

Nigeria has been ranked third in Africa for internet affordability, according to the Affordability Drivers Index of the Alliance for Affordable Internet.

The Affordability Drivers Index is the key aspect of the Affordability Report of the A4AI, which “examines the policy and regulatory frameworks that have allowed some countries to make broadband internet access more affordable, accessible and universal, and what others can do to catch up quickly”

From the report, launched at the Alliance for Affordable Internet event held on Tuesday in Lagos, with the Honourable Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, in attendance, Nigeria’s ADI score in the 2017 assessment was 56.58%. This was below the values for Mauritius and Morocco, the first and second in Africa respectively. Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda made up the top six.

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Federal Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, with Former Vice Chairman of the NCC, Ernest Ndukwe and Eleanor Sarpong of the Web Foundation, after the MOU between Nigeria and the Alliance for Affordable Internet was renewed for another three years. (Photo: Paradigm Initiative on twitter)

Other indices of interest include the online population at 47%, Mobile Broadband Penetration at 12% and the Cost of 1GB of mobile prepaid Internet as a factor of the average monthly income at 8%. The standard for the Cost of 1GB is 2%, something known as the “1 for 2” principle.

The ADI is calculated based on the performance of five key policy areas: Policy and Regulation for Competition, Broadband Policy, Public Access, Infrastructure Sharing and Spectrum Policy. Besides the area of Policy and Regulation, there appear to be more work to be done to make Internet more affordable in Nigeria, especially on the sharing of Infrastructure.

The A4AI event was a prelude to the Internet Freedom Forum 2017, organized by Paradigm Initiative. The event will have a pan-African outlook, bringing stakeholders from around the continent and beyond to Lagos, from the 26th to the 27th of April, 2017. More from the proceedings of the event will be revealed here.

Alliance For Affordable Internet is a coalition of global interest groups, working to make “all of the people” have access to “all of the internet, all the time”. Download the Affordability Report 2017 here.

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