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Nigeria’s Internet Download Speed Deteriorates- Report

Nigeria’s internet download speed has gone from bad to worse as a report from the UK-based price comparison website, Cable, revealed that the country’s internet download speed is one of the slowest in the world.

According to the report, Nigeria’s internet download speed is ranked 176th of 207 countries measured globally, meaning that Nigeria’s internet download speed has deteriorated in the past two years from 95th in 2017 to 176th in 2019. This slow internet access puts individuals and businesses at great disadvantage positions.

The Worldwide broadband speed league 2019 report says it takes an average of over seven hours to download a five-gigabyte movie in HD. In comparison, it takes just eight minutes to download the same movie file in Taiwan.

“With average broadband speeds rising by 20.65 per cent in the last year the global picture looks rosy. But the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate,” Consumer Telecoms Analyst at Cable, Dan Howdle, said.

“Europe and parts of Asia are dominating the leaderboard once again thanks to largely excellent infrastructure. In all cases, those countries ranking highest are those with a strong focus on pure fibre (FTTP) networks,” adds Howdle.

According to the report, Africa ‘with its vast landmass and little in the way of a digital economy when taken as a continental whole, is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision, relying primarily on wireless (WiMAX, 3G, 4G) connectivity rather than cables to cover its vast spaces’.

The report also noted that Madagascar, on the other hand, is the fastest African nation ‘clocking in at an average speed of 22.57Mbps’ and ranking at 33rd globally’. Cable says this is thanks to the underwater EASSy cable that supplies the island’s urban centres with respectable fibre broadband speeds.

Top ten countries: Taiwan has the fastest internet download speed in the world. In Taiwan, an HD movie of 5GB takes 8:02 minutes to download.

According to the report, the economy of Taiwan relies heavily on digital infrastructure, while the country itself occupies a relatively small space compared to many others. Taiwan was ranked 3rd in 2017 and moved first in 2019.

It was however revealed that smaller countries have the advantage of the relative ease of delivering the high-speed connection. Other countries in the top ten fastest internet download speed for an HD movie of 5GB include:

1st Taiwan     – 8.02 minutes

2nd Singapore – 9.38 minutes

3rd Jersey       – 10.07 minutes

4th Sweden     – 12.22 minutes

5th Denmark   – 13.53 minutes

6th Japan        – 15.58 minutes

7th Luxembourg – 16.23 minutes

8th Netherlands – 16.59 minutes

9th Switzerland  – 17.34 minutes

10th Norway      – 17.45 minutes

Top 10 slowest internet download speed: Yemen records the slowest internet mobile download in the world. It takes an average of 30 hours for internet users in Yemen to download an HD movie of 5GB. Other countries in the top ten slowest internet download speed for an HD movie of 5GB include:

198th Djibouti          – 12.53 hours

199th São Tomé and Príncipe – 13.08 hours

200th Somalia         – 13.17 hours

201st Ethiopia         – 14.10 hours

202nd Niger            – 16.05 hours

203rd Turkmenistan – 16:10 hours

204th Mauritania     – 19:22 hours

205th Equatorial Guinea – 22:22 hours

206th DR of Timor-Leste – 25:24 hours

207th Yemen            – 30:01 hours

37 of the top 50 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with ten in Asia & Pacific, two in North America, and just one in Africa.

By contrast, 25 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, 12 in the Arab States with ten in Asia & Pacific, and three in South/Latin America.

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