Before I go further, I would like to state clearly that I am not an expert in the telecommunications field. What I am about to put down is solely my opinion backed with facts but still open for constructive criticism. I would also be writing from the perspective of my country, Nigeria.
The telecommunications market in Africa is still in its early stages of development, it is also one of the fastest-growing in the world.
However, it is no news that despite the fact that smartphone penetration has spiked over the past decade in Africa, progress in reducing the cost of accessing the internet has not been as rapid.
The average Nigerian spends more than 5% of their monthly income on purchasing data bundles. In general, internet users in Africa pay the most for mobile data relative to the average monthly income throughout the world.
Affording data in Nigeria is one thing, having to access it is an extreme sport.
Power is highly irregular, with vast rural areas that are not connected to power grids as well as frequent black-outs in major urban areas which makes it impossible for mounted telecommunication masts to function at full capacity.
Notwithstanding, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is doing everything in its power to ensure mobile networks provide the best of internet services to their consumers and also ensure their operations are according to laid down rules and regulations.
In as much as, Nigeria is way behind the digital divide, the country is doing its best to improve its infrastructure to aid the distribution of bandwidth to the remote areas and ensure proper coverage of the urban regions.
It’s been 23 years, I think the days of baby steps should come to an end. We are in dire need of giant steps right now.
Affordable and accessible internet in Nigeria would have a huge positive impact on the economy because big businesses and SMEs need good and affordable internet services to thrive.
Online marketing and effective communication have fast proven to be a useful tool in growing and expanding business sales and outputs.
And as we all know, business is the backbone of any economy.
If your business is not the internet, then your business will be out of business.
— Bill Gates