I originally titled this article, “Nigeria ranks poor in mobile internet speeds in Africa”. I eventually decided against it and changed it to “These are the fastest mobile Internet speeds in Africa”, then to the present title.
If you have lived in Nigeria for any period of time, you will be familiar with the frustrations that many mobile internet subscribers face regularly. 3G internet connections often feel like EDGE connections, and many times, 4G LTE mobile internet speeds feel like 3G connections. It is a pain that I know personally.
OpenSignal has published a report on overall speeds around the world. It is based on 19 billion samples collected by more than 1 million OpenSignal users in 87 countries globally. The sampling was conducted from November 1st, 2016 to January 31st, 2017.
The fastest mobile Internet speeds in Africa
The report presents the top African countries in term of mobile internet speed, and it is no surprise that Nigeria is at the bottom of the list:
- South Africa: 9.93 Mbps
- Côte d’Ivoire: 7.64 Mbps
- Morocco: 7.36 Mbps
- Tunisia: 7.21 Mbps
- Kenya: 6.75 Mbps
- Ghana: 4.81 Mbps
- Nigeria: 4.13 Mbps
Even with 4.13 Mbps, latency remains a huge problem in Nigeria. Latency refers to the delay a user experiences after clicking a link before the page starts downloading. On a fast network, once the page starts, it loads fast. But that initial delay means that the whole browsing experience is unpleasant.
Nigeria has at least eight (8) 4G LTE networks, yet subscribers on these networks constantly have complaints about the experience on almost all of them.
The country with the fastest mobile internet speeds in the world is South Korea with an average of 37.54 Mbps. Nigeria is only five places from the last position globally. One can only hope that our broadband, 4G LTE networks are paying attention and get gingered to sit up. Check out the full report HERE.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.