Nigeria’s Digital Quality Of Life Declines As Internet Access Becomes More Expensive
Although the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) currently reports that there are 152 million narrowband Internet users in Nigeria and 85.2 million broadband users, with a penetration rate of 44.6%, the numbers have had no impact on the quality of the population’s digital lifestyle.
This was supported by a recent analysis from the cyber-security company Surfshark, which revealed that Nigerians’ Digital Quality of Life (DQL) has remained extremely low.
Nigeria slid four steps between 2021 and 2022 according to the most recent DQL survey, which The Guardian obtained on Monday.
The Surfshark DQL study, now in its fourth year, uncovered the advantages and disadvantages of digital ecosystems all over the world.
In 117 nations throughout the world, the 2022 iteration evaluated the level of digital wellbeing in relation to five important pillars: Internet affordability, Internet quality, e-infrastructure, electronic governance (e-government), and electronic security (e-security).
Only 18 of the top 50 countries are outside of Europe, according to Surfshark, where seven out of ten of the countries with the highest DQL are situated.
According to the report, Nigeria fell four places in the rankings from the poll from 2021, placing 86th overall. Nigeria’s e-government services, according to Surfshark, are ranked 95th, while Internet quality and e-security are ranked 99th and 66th, respectively.
Nigeria ranks 86th for the accessibility of electronic infrastructure and 114th for the cost of Internet access among the 117 nations.
The survey ranked South Africa #1 among the 23 nations in Africa. Nigeria is second after South Africa on the continent. Morocco comes in second in the region, followed by Mauritius, Tunisia, Kenya, and Egypt, in that order. Following Nigeria are, among others, Ghana, Algeria, Senegal, Uganda, and the Ivory Coast.
According to the survey, Nigeria’s worst areas were Internet quality and affordability, which were ranked 113th and 99th, respectively.
Further examination of the data revealed that Internet affordability dropped from 107th place in 2021 to 114th place in 2022, a drop of seven basis points. According to the affordability index, the country placed 27th in 2021 and 96th in 2022 in terms of the amount of time needed to earn the cheapest mobile Internet.
Internet Quality dropped from 56 in 2021 to 99th in 2022, a drop of 43 basis points. Nigeria, on the other hand, advanced in terms of electronic infrastructure, ranking 86th, with a 20-point decline in security architecture from 46th in 2021 to 66th by 2022.
According to Surfshark’s research, seven out of the top ten countries overall are in Europe, as has been the case for the past three years.
Israel is in first place in the DQL rankings, moving Denmark out of first place after a two-year dominance. Germany came in third place, while the top five countries out of the 117 evaluated ones are completed by France and Sweden.
The report names Congo DRC, Yemen, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Cameroon as the bottom five nations in respect to DQL indices.
According to Surfshark, South Africans have the best quality of digital life among all of Africa. People will need to put in six additional minutes of labor in order to afford broadband Internet in 2022, the survey claims, looking at the nations featured in last year’s ranking.
“In some countries, such as Ivory Coast and Uganda, people work an average of two weeks to earn the cheapest fixed broadband Internet package.
“With the current inflation, the pressure on low-income households that need the Internet has become even heavier. The study also found that countries with the poorest Internet connection have to work for it the longest,” it noted.
Head of PR at Surfshark, Gabriele Racaityte-Krasauske, said: “While countries with a strong digital quality of life tend to be those of advanced economies, our global study found money doesn’t always buy digital happiness.”
“That is why, for the fourth year in a row, we continue analysing the digital quality of life to see how different nations keep up with providing the basic digital necessities for their citizens. Most importantly, our research seeks to show the full picture of the global digital divide that millions of people are suffering from.”