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Nigeria Ranks No. 1 In Internet Usage In Africa

Nigeria has been ranked number 1 in Africa and 8 in the world in terms of internet usage.

According to the second edition of digitalfacts, a publication by digitXplus, Nigeria ranked number one in Africa with 63 million internet users.

The book stated that the following 15 countries have the highest number of internet users in the world: USA (269 m); India (198m); Japan (110m); China (632 million); Brazil (105m); Russia (87m); Indonesia (83m); and Germany (68m). Others are UK (57m); France (54m); Nigeria (63m); Mexico (52m); Iran (49m); South Korea (42m) and Egypt (43m).

The publication also revealed that since 2011, Nigeria has maintained a steady upward trend in the number of internet users. It stated that from 35.7 million, the figure increased to 42.8 million; 51.8m; 57.7m and 63.2m internet users in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; respectively. Digitalfacts puts the total number of internet users worldwide at 3.2 billion in December 2015; representing an enormous increase of 8.9percent over 2.9 billion internet users recorded at the end of 2014.

Based on the regional statistics contained in the publication, Asia-Pacific had 1.6 billion internet users as at December 2015; while North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe and the Middle East/Africa boasted of 288 million; 325 million; 310 million; 238 million; and 429 million; in that arrangement.

The book further made public that the Nigerian telecom sector, one of the largest in Africa, is driven almost completely by mobile telephony. “Rapid expansion of the wireless networks and competition has driven down voice tariffs and made basic cellular services affordable, especially for the poorer rural consumers,” digitalfacts revealed.

It also acknowledged that the relatively affluent urban middle classes increasingly enjoy 3G and 4G LTE services; adding that consumers face issues regarding service quality and network congestion while religious insurgency in the northern part of the country has affected infrastructure investments.

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