The cost of internet use is so expensive in Nigeria that the country ranks at the very top in an exceedingly survey of 85 countries of the world.
A United States-based solution provider Surfshark Press released, said “Nigeria has the least affordable internet globally. It ranks below Columbia and Honduras in terms of internet affordability.”
In its methodology, the company said the overall affordability is measured by combining the affordability of the most cost-effective mobile and broadband plans available in a country. On the analysis of digital quality of life index 2020, Nigeria ranked 81st.
The analysis was based on five pillars:
- Internet affordability,
- · Internet quality,
- · Electronic infrastructure,
- · Electronic government, and
- · Electronic security
The examined countries have a combined population of 6.3 billion people.
In Africa, the report said while Nigeria surpassed Algeria ranked 84th, it lagged behind the Republic of South Africa ranked 59th, Kenya ranked 77th, Morocco ranked 70th, and Tunisia ranked 64th.
According to the report, Nigeria ranked 70th in terms of e-security, 53rd in terms of cybersecurity, 81st in electronic infrastructure, and 82nd in electronic government.
\The report further said its data protection laws available within the country. It also revealed that Nigeria has better internet quality than Peru, Algeria, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
Denmark came first, followed by Sweden, Canada, France, Norway, Netherlands, and the UK.
The U.S. ranks 22nd, China 38th, and Russia42nd. Internet is most affordable in Israel, Canada, and Azerbaijan, the report found. The top 10 countries with the best e-security levels are the European Union member states. Globally, they lead in implementing effective cybersecurity policies and ensuring personal data protection the report says.
The report said countries in Central America and Africa lag behind in terms of ICT adoption and internet usage.
The government’s readiness to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the artificial intelligence technology and therefore the assortment of its services provided online strongly correlate with the country’s e-security, aside from Eastern European, South Asian, and African countries it added.