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digitplusNigeria has been ranked number one country in Africa and the eighth in the world in terms of internet usage with about 63 million internet users available in the country, this was disclosed by the second edition of digital facts – Nigeria, West & Central Africa; a publication produced by digitXplus.

The publication showed that since 2011, Nigeria has attained and maintained a steady upward trend in the number of its internet users. It stated that from 35.7 million, the figure increased to 42.8 million; 51.8m; 57.7m and 63.2m internet users in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; respectively. The book further revealed that the Nigerian telecom sector which is one of the largest in Africa, is driven almost completely by mobile telephony.

“Rapid expansion of the wireless networks and competition has driven down voice tariffs and made basic cellular services affordable, especially for the poorer rural consumers,” digitalfacts stated.

It also admittedd that the relatively comfortable urban middle classes increasingly enjoy 3G and 4G LTE services; adding that consumers face issues that concerns the service quality and network congestion while “religious issues” in the north of the country has affected infrastructural investments.
“The fixed-line network is weak and fixed-broadband penetration is very low in large parts of the country. The government has however come out with a National Broadband Plan which aims to increase 3G and fixed-broadband coverage by 2018, helped by an expanding fibre-optic network. A proliferation of local online marketplaces and higher internet penetration in cities have resulted in strong growth in e-commerce transactions”, the book stated.
However, digitalfacts observed that the cloud computing segment of Nigeria’s economy offers immense potential. It stated that the e-government development dawdles behind that of its global peers and  the pay-TV penetration is extremely low in Nigeria. “An underdeveloped IT infrastructure and high rural poverty and income inequality are key challenges for the telecom sector”, the publication revealed.
Patrick Gomes who is the Chief Executive Officer at digitXplus explained that most of the access to internet in the region is through mobile devices. He also said that Facebook in the West and Central Africa is almost 50m monthly active users; adding that the numbers speak about the size and strength of digital as a medium, which continues to grow year in year out.
“At digitXplus, we endeavour to bring information about the region to fore, we now present the second edition of Digital Facts Book with an objective to organize information on Digital medium in West & Central Africa, thus making it easily accessible and useful to all”, Gomes stated
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