According to a report conducted by Opensignal on 4G services, Nigeria ranked 75 out of the 77 countries in terms of its 4G speed.
As expected, South Korea has the fastest 4G download speed of the 77 countries analyzed at 55.7Mbps with its slowest speed at 40.8Mbp.
However, in Africa, it was reported that South Africa had a 4G download speed that ranged from 17.5Mbps to 24.5Mbps during the slowest to fastest times of the day, making it the fastest of the African countries measured. South Africa’s slowest speed was actually faster than the slowest speed in the United States of 15.3Mbps, although the US ranked higher in terms of its fastest speed, which was pegged at 28.8Mbps.
Meanwhile, in North Africa, Egypt’s download speeds ranged from 13.7Mbps to 22.8Mbps and Morocco ranged from 11.8Mbps to 24.4Mbps.
What about Nigeria?
Nigeria was even slower at between 9.5Mbps and 16.2Mbps, while Algeria’s slowest speed of 2.6Mbps was the worst in the world. However, Algeria’s top download speed of 16.4Mbps still beat the fastest speeds in Thailand (11.7Mbps), India (14.6Mbps) and Nigeria (16.2Mbps).
In conclusion, the report noted that the top 5 countries in terms of 4G download speed were South Korea, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Singapore and Norway while the slowest five were Thailand, India, Nigeria, Algeria and Bangladesh.
What’s the solution, you ask?
OpenSignal claims that 5G could help solve the congestion problems of today’s 4G networks shown in the new data. In their words:
“5G will add new capacities to help with these wide time-of-day speed variations. 5G won’t just deliver faster speeds. 5G will provide a blanket of capacity, built using new high-bandwidth, high-frequency spectrum bands that will help mitigate the daily cycle of congestion we see on today’s 4G networks. These 5G services will support more simultaneous users at very fast speeds.”
However, the President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Olusola Teniola, two years ago, told The Guardian that the service may not get perfected in the country until 2020, this is largely due to the fact that 4G/LTE is still evolving, and that the infrastructure to run it is still very much inadequate in the country.
On this premise, it’s difficult to see how 5G can help change Nigeria’s narrative— I mean, it’s 2019 and we still haven’t perfected the infrastructure for 4G in the country, so how does 5G even stand a chance?
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