Report Names Nigeria Among Countries With Affordable Internet
If you use Internet in Nigeria, you should count yourself lucky, it is one of the few places in Africa Internet is cheap.
Other countries where cost of Internet access is also low include Egypt, Mauritius and Tunisia, according to findings by the Alliance for Affordable Internet, A4AI.
According to the report, assessment of the price of 1GB of mobile prepaid data in 60 low and middle-income countries shows that Internet price remains high in most African countries.
The A4AI said that in Nigeria, the price of 1GB plan was 1.59% of the average monthly income in 2017, compared to 6.54% in 2015.
The alliance said Internet was affordable when a 1GB mobile prepaid broadband plan was priced 2% or less of average monthly income.
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The report stated: “Broadband prices are coming down. Our newest data show that at the end of 2017, 24 of the countries surveyed had affordable mobile broadband plans (i.e., 1GB plans available for less than two per cent of average monthly income).
“This represents an improvement on the previous year, when just 19 countries surveyed met the ‘1 for 2’ target.”
The alliance noted that progress to achieving affordable Internet was slow, saying that last year’s statistics showed that affordability in Africa had improved by nearly three percentage points, while recent update showed that the improvement in price relative to income was only 0.52%.
Of all the countries, Egypt in 2017 had the cheapest mobile Internet price at 0.33 per cent of the average monthly income, while Zimbabwe had the most expensive mobile Internet price at 32.97 per cent of monthly income.
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