Nigeria has been ranked 19th among 72 countries in the affordability drivers index by the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a global coalition working to make more affordable to people.
In its ‘Affordability Report 2021: A New Strategy for Universal Access’, the organisation disclosed that this year’s ADI’s leaderboard remains similar to that of 2020.
It said, “Each year, A4AI updates the Affordability Drivers Index. It is a combination of policy assessments and market factors that correlate with more affordable Internet prices for consumers.
“This year keeps the scores from the 2020 policy survey and updates with the latest available market information. This year’s index indicates that while progress has been made, the pace of change remains too slow. The ADI leaderboard remains similar to last year.
“Among the 72 countries included within our analysis, the top 10 countries overall and among least developed countries classification remain similar. In both categories, nine of 10 countries in the top 10 last year remain: the only exceptions are the returns of India and the Gambia, knocking the Dominican Republic and Mali out, respectively.”
According to the organisation, its ADI tool assesses how well a country’s policy, regulatory, and overall supply-side environment works to lower industry costs and create more affordable broadband.
It said it scored countries based on two major policy groups, how infrastructure was being deployed and expanded, and the current broadband adoption rate.
It said, “There is a positive and statistically significant correlation between a country’s ADI score and the affordability of a 1GB mobile prepaid broadband plan — reaffirming that improving policies and regulations to lower industry costs should be a priority for all, and particularly for low- and middle-income countries.
“ADI scores continue to positively correlate with the affordability of data in a country. Countries with higher scores on the index have some of the lowest costs of connectivity.”
With an ADI score of 73.31, Morocco is the only African country in the top 10.
Nigeria scored 55.89 on the organisation’s Infrastructure Sub-Index, and 73.68 on its Access Sub-Index to score a total ADI of 68.71.
According to the ADI, Nigeria has the second most affordable Internet prices in Africa after Morocco. Ghana, Senegal, and Côte d’Ivoire make up the rest of the top five African countries, with a global ADI rank of 23, 24, and 25 respectively.
“We have seen the impact that affordable and meaningful access has for people around the world — and we have seen the consequences for those kept offline and how they are digitally excluded in education, the economy, and from their communities,” the Executive Director, A4AI, Sonia Jorge, said.