The ASUU Effect: Nigeria Becomes African Country With Largest Number Of Internet Users

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According to the latest Internet World Stats,
Nigeria leads the African continent in the
number of people who have access to the
internet.
According to IT & Telecom Digest, Nigeria tops
Africa at 45 million Internet users, while Egypt,
Morocco and Kenya, respectively, follow the
West African nation with 21.7 million, 15.7
million and 10.6 million people being connected.
South Africa ranked fifth, with 6.8 million people
with access to the Internet, ahead of Tanzania
which has 4.9 million Internet users. World Wide
Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said South Africa’s
low Internet connectivity rate, as compared to
Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Kenya, is as a result
of the country’s smaller population size of 50
million people.
Nigeria, for instance, has a population of 150
million people, while Egypt has 80 million
people. The report also said Africa’s total
number of Internet users has increased
dramatically since 2000, from having 4.5 million
connected users in that year to 139 875 242 at
the end of 2011.
Falling international connectivity costs in Africa
and the rapid uptake of both smartphones and
ordinary phones that allow Web browsing and
data applications are two key factors that have
driven up Internet usage in Africa, said
Goldstuck.
However, despite the rise in Internet users on
the continent, Internet World Stats says Africa
still has the world’s lowest Internet penetration
rate at 13.5 per cent.
I am sure such spike in internet usage in Nigeria is solely due to the ongoing 100+ days old ASUU strike plaguing the country…..ijs.

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