According to NCC, the number of Internet users in May reached 103 million, up from 101.1 million in April and far off from the 28 million users recorded in 2012.
Although this could be considered impressive, the Internet cost/speed still remains a worrying problem in the country.
For one, a lot of people still cannot afford to consistently buy data in Nigeria. According to QZ, monthly broadband packages in Nigeria cost more than the national minimum wage.
Then, there is the fact that we are not getting optimal value for money spent on buying data— Nigeria placed 108th on the global mobile internet speed table (Other African countries like Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Kenya ranked higher) with a download speed of 10Mbps which is against the global download average of 23Mpbs.
So, while it’s great to see that more Nigerians have access to the Internet, I think the major concern for NCC should be on how to improve the quality of service provided by these ISPs to the millions of subscribers.