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Nigeria Ranks 82nd in 2021 Digital Quality of Life Study

The global digital well-being study shows that Nigeria dropped by one place in the DQL ranking

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Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana is a Nigerian from Edo state. She is a data and investigative journalist who also fact-checks. She covers health, agriculture, education and governance

NIGERIA: The 2021 Digital Quality of Life (DQL) research results have revealed that Nigeria Ranks 82nd and lacks internet affordability which is 90 per cent worse than the global average.

The research indicated that Nigeria’s digital quality of life remains similar to last year. 

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According to the research, Nigeria lags with internet affordability (ranks 107th), e-government (95th), and e-infrastructure (90th), but shows similar to the global average results in internet quality (56th) and e-security (46th). 

Facts About Nigeria Digital Quality of Life Data

The research showed that Nigeria lacks internet affordability as it is 90 per cent worse than the global average, and people in Nigeria have to work the most time in the world to afford the cheapest broadband internet (more than 35 hours).

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Nigeria has one of the worst electronic governments worldwide; the country ranks 95th in this pillar. The country’s e-government did not make it to the top 90th as it falls behind Senegal, Morocco, and Tanzania.

However, Nigeria’s internet quality is similar to the global average, and its broadband speed growth is one of the fastest on the planet; it ranks 16th worldwide.

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The country has one of the slowest broadband connection speeds globally (13.45 Mbps) ranking 105th, and slightly faster mobile internet (17.91 Mbps) ranking 96th. However, the country’s broadband speed growth is one of the fastest on the planet, ranking 16th.

Nigeria’s e-security is slightly better than the global average as it ranks 46th in the world, surpassing Kenya, Argentina, and South Africa.  
Compared to Kenya, Nigeria ranks lower in internet affordability, e-infrastructure, and e-government.

About the 2021 Digital Quality of Life (DQL) research

The 2021 Digital Quality of Life (DQL) research study covers 90 per cent of the global population and indexes 110 countries by looking at five fundamental pillars of digital life which include internet affordability and quality, e-infrastructure, e-security, and e-government.

According to the DQL Index 2021, Nigeria ranks 82nd in the world. Compared to last year, Nigeria dropped by 1 in the DQL ranking but is still the best in Western Africa.

The DQL study is conducted by the cybersecurity company Surfshark.

The study showed that 6 out of 10 countries holding the highest scores are located in Europe.

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Overall, Denmark ranks 1st in DQL for the second year in a row and is closely followed by South Korea while Finland ranks 3rd and Israel and the U.S. round out the top five of 110 nations that were evaluated. 

The bottom 5 countries are Ethiopia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Guatemala, and Angola.

Among countries in Africa, people in South Africa enjoy the highest quality of their digital lives whereas Australia leads in Oceania, outperforming New Zealand in various digital areas.

Promising Aspect of the Research for Nigeria

The research did not show only bleak results for Nigeria as it showed that despite the slight fall in the leaderboard, the country comes first in Western Africa and shows slightly better results in some pillars than the global average. 

The research showed that Nigeria’s e-security is among the top 50 worldwide and it surpasses Africa’s DQL leader South Africa. 

Reason for the rankings

According to the research, Nigeria ranks 56th in the internet quality index due to low internet speeds especially as it has one of the slowest broadband connection speeds globally (13.45 Mbps).


 The study shows that Nigeria’s internet affordability is 90 per cent worse than the global average because the people in Nigeria have to work the most time in the world, more than 35 hours, to afford the cheapest broadband internet. 

Surfshark Speaks


The CEO of Surfshark, Vytautas Kaziukonis explained that the Digital quality of life research provided a robust global outlook into how countries excel digitally.

“Digital opportunities have proved to be more important than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, stressing the importance for every country to ensure fully remote operational capacities for their economies.

 “The index sets the basis for meaningful discussions about how digital advancement impacts a country’s prosperity and where improvements can be made,” said  Vytautas Kaziukonis. 
 

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  • Justina Asishana

    Justina Asishana is a Nigerian from Edo state. She is a data and investigative journalist who also fact-checks. She covers health, agriculture, education and governance

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