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Nigeria Has One of the Slowest 4G Download Speeds in the World.

According to a report conducted by Opensignal on 4G services, Nigeria ranked 75 out of the 77 countries in terms of its 4G speed.

As expected, South Korea has the fastest 4G download speed of the 77 countries analyzed at 55.7Mbps with its slowest speed at 40.8Mbp.

However, in Africa, it was reported that South Africa had a 4G download speed that ranged from 17.5Mbps to 24.5Mbps during the slowest to fastest times of the day, making it the fastest of the African countries measured. South Africa’s slowest speed was actually faster than the slowest speed in the United States of 15.3Mbps, although the US ranked higher in terms of its fastest speed, which was pegged at 28.8Mbps.

Meanwhile, in North Africa, Egypt’s download speeds ranged from 13.7Mbps to 22.8Mbps and Morocco ranged from 11.8Mbps to 24.4Mbps.

 

What about Nigeria?

Nigeria was even slower at between 9.5Mbps and 16.2Mbps, while Algeria’s slowest speed of 2.6Mbps was the worst in the world. However, Algeria’s top download speed of 16.4Mbps still beat the fastest speeds in Thailand (11.7Mbps), India (14.6Mbps) and Nigeria (16.2Mbps).

 

 

In conclusion, the report noted that the top 5 countries in terms of 4G download speed were South Korea, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore and Norway while the slowest five were Thailand, India, Nigeria, Algeria and Bangladesh.

What’s the solution, you ask?

OpenSignal claims that 5G could help solve the congestion problems of today’s 4G networks shown in the new data. In their words:

“5G will add new capacities to help with these wide time-of-day speed variations. 5G won’t just deliver faster speeds. 5G will provide a blanket of capacity, built using new high-bandwidth, high-frequency spectrum bands that will help mitigate the daily cycle of congestion we see on today’s 4G networks. These 5G services will support more simultaneous users at very fast speeds.”

However, the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola, two years ago, told The Guardian that the service may not get perfected in the country until 2020, this is largely due to the fact that 4G/LTE is still evolving, and that the infrastructure to run it is still very much inadequate in the country.

On this premise, it’s difficult to see how 5G can help change Nigeria’s narrative— I mean, it’s 2019 and we still haven’t perfected the infrastructure for 4G in the country, so how does 5G even stand a chance?

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10 comments on “Nigeria Has One of the Slowest 4G Download Speeds in the World.

  1. Alexis Doney says:

    Nigeria will never be known for good things.

    1. Kemi Oguntayo says:

      Ahn. ahn this is a curse oh

  2. Isaiah says:

    Honestly if care is not taken Nigeria will have to do a catch up with other Africans countries when it comes to technology, I read on techpoint today, and they said South Africa will have 5g this year. Imagine browsing with Glo 4g lte and your network disappear automatically.

  3. Princewill says:

    Well 4G is relatively new in Nigeria so I am not surprised at all

  4. JohnJuwel says:

    5G coming into the market maybe the 4G other countries use.
    SLOWEST 4G (clear my throats)
    But let us not quickly lose hopes on we getting better, because all those countries at the top started from somewhere, so I believe that we can get better with time.
    I really hope the Huawei, investment in Nigeria bring a drastic change to our communication speed and I believe that one day all this will be a longtime story.

    long live Nigeria…

  5. Thelma Ezinne says:

    I think that maybe it’s because too much people use it.. It used to be much better before

  6. Kehinde Adeleke says:

    Somehow,this isn’t surprising..Welp,some areas of Nigeria don’t even have access to 4G yet. Not to talk of 5G. Wait,how stable is 3G cause Glo fluctuates in my area from 3G to E, it would take a very and I mean very long time before we reach South Korea’s no, South Africa’s level.

  7. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, I’M NOT SURPRISED 🤨.
    SINCERELY, SOME AREAS FOR NOW CAN’T EVEN ENJOY GOOD 3G QUALITY YET. THE 4G ISSUE IN NIGERIA 🇳🇬 IS STILL A LUXURY SORT OF. MEANWHILE, WE HAVE TO STILL COMMEND AIRTEL AND MTN FOR THEIR (GENERAL) QUALITY AND COVERAGE IN 3G AND 4G.
    I STILL BELIEVE THE TECH OPERATORS HERE WILL MAKE THINGS BETTER. ITS ALL ABOUT BUSINESS…

  8. Gbenga says:

    There’s a lil mixup in the write-up and the chart provided. According to the chart, Tunisia has got the fastest 4G in Africa and not South Africa but it was stated otherwise in the write-up. Please note.

  9. helpful article..you elaborated very clearly and precisely..good work

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