Last updateDim, 25 Jan 2015 10am

Internet-Nigeria: Minister lists challenges of Internet penetration

Internet penetration Nigeria - Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology Omobola Johnson has listed high cost of access and multiple regulations as major hindrances to the use of the Internet and the roll-out of its infrastructure in the country.

“According to the A4AI Affordability Index report, 84 per cent of Nigerians live on less than US$2 per day and the World Bank notes that 63 per cent live on less than US$1.25. A prepaid mobile broadband user subsisting on US$2 per day, who wanted to use 1GB of data per month, would have to spend 22 per cent of their monthly income to do so,' the local media Wednesday quoted the Minister to have said in Abuja, the nation's capital.

“This is a far cry from the United Nations Broadband Commission’s target of five per cent. So, we either have to increase the average monthly income or drastically reduce the average cost of access for Nigerians to meet this target. I think the answer is that we must do both if we are to achieve our economic, social and political aspirations,” she said.

Nigeria was one of the first countries in Africa to join the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) when it was launched.

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