Netflix and Spectranet, over the weekend, announced the deployment of a dedicated Netflix server in Lagos, Nigeria. The server will be the first in West Africa and it will hold the entire Netflix content library in Lagos, allowing users to stream video faster.
The online video-on-demand service which specializes in and provides streaming media and video on demand online and DVD by mail, became first available in Nigeria around January 2016 allowing its Nigerian customers to enjoy TV series and movies whenever they want it.
According to David Venn, Spectranet’s CEO, “Because we focus on providing families with an excellent and affordable broadband service, this partnership with Netflix means that our customers will be able to enjoy the very best TV experience available in Nigeria. We are honoured that Netflix has selected Spectranet for one of its first deployments in Africa and the only one in West Africa.”
WHAT DOES THIS DEVELOPMENT MEAN TO THE NIGERIAN CUSTOMERS?
This new development means that Nigerian subscribers can stream Netflix content much faster by reducing (and possibly eliminating) buffer time and if Spectranet introduces a dedicated video streaming plan, maybe cheaper too.
Many people have begun to take the Nigerian market seriously. Sometimes, I wonder if they were blind to how large our market is. Well, what matters now is that they have seen and are making moves to invest and bring their services to us – talk about Tecno planning to build a manufacturing plant in Nigeria.
In October 2016, Netflix reported over 86 million subscribers worldwide, including more than 47 million in the United States. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the coming years, subscribers in Nigeria surpasses that of the U.S.
So brace up guys, you’re about to ‘Netflix and Chill’ real good and hopefully, cheaper. What do you think about this latest development?