Despite falling prices, cost of internet access remains out of reach for billions


By Emeka Aginam

New research just released by Alliance for Affordable Internet , A4AI, has showed that  broadband affordability is improving across the globe, though  the cost to connect remains out of reach for many  in the developing world, including Nigeria.

A4AI is the world’s broadest technology sector coalition working to reduce the cost of internet access to enable universal, affordable access for all.

While the Nigerian telecommunication regulatory authority, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is making  efforts to  meeting the 2018 broadband penetration target of 30 per cent, according to the study, 1GB costs Nigerian citizens an average of 1.5% of monthly income, an improvement on data from a year prior where 1GB cost around 6% of average monthly income.

However, high levels of income inequality in Nigeria, according to AAI study suggested that even at…

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