The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta, on Tuesday described the growth of the internet users as enormous with the number of users reaching 103 million in May.
He said this was an impressive growth from 28 million internet users recorded in 2012.
“This evolution shows the importance of harnessing the benefit of internet for good governance.
“This figure of the internet subscribers’ data highlights the importance and the value of internet,’’ he said
Mr Danbatta said the commission would also license three additional Infrastructure Company (INFRACOs), bringing the number to seven to boost broadband penetration in the country.
He said the three INFRACOs were awaiting approval as the commission had earlier licensed two infrastructure companies earlier in the year to lay the foundation for internet penetration and increased broadband services.
The two INFRACOs are Zinox Technology Ltd. for Southeast and Brinks Integrated Solutions Ltd. for Northeast.
“The licenses are based on NCC open licensed model which is in line with the National Broadband plan 2013 to 2018,’’ he said.
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.