Nigeria Comes 1st In Internet Usage In Africa


Nigeria has been ranked number one in Africa and ninth in the world when it comes to internet usage. With 63 million internet users, Nigeria beat other African countries to take the first place in the continent.

This information is contained in the second edition of digitalfacts, a publication produced by DigitXplus. The publication revealed that since 2011, Nigeria has maintained a steady upward trend in the number of internet users.

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It stated that the figures had grown from 35.7 million to  63.2 million internet users from 2012 to 2015, respectively. Digitalfacts puts the total number of internet users worldwide at 3.2 billion as at December 2015; representing a whopping increase of 8.9% over 2.9 billion internet users recorded at the end of 2014.

China has the highest number of unique internet users with 632 million subscribers while the U.S. is second with 269 million users.

India, Japan, Brazil, and Russia round up the top six with 198 million, 110 million, 105 million and 87 million users respectively.

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Indonesia and Germany have 83 million and 68 million users respectively while Nigeria has a total of 63 million users.

The regional statistics contained in the publication revealed that Asia-Pacific had 1.6 billion internet users as at December 2015; while North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Central/Eastern Europe and the Middle East/Africa boasted of 288 million; 325 million; 310 million; 238 million; and 429 million; in that order.

Chief Executive Officer of DigitXplus, Patrick Gomes, concluded by stating that:

“At digitXplus, we endeavor to bring information about the region to the fore, we now present the second edition of Digital Facts Book with an objective to organize information on digital medium in West and Central Africa, thus making it easily accessible and useful to all.”

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Gomes also explained that most of the access to internet in the region is through mobile devices.