Nigeria: number of internet users 2017-2023

Number of internet users in Nigeria from 2017 to 2023 (in millions)

by J. Clement, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Nigeria: number of internet users 2017-2023 In 2018, Nigeria had 92.3 million internet users. This figure is projected to grow to 187.8 million internet users in 2023. The internet penetration amounted to 47.1 percent of the population in 2018 and is set to reach 84.5 percent in 2023.
Internet usage in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the most populous countries worldwide. In the most recently measured period, there were almost 50 million mobile internet users in Nigeria, and mobile phone internet usage is particularly popular. The country is considered a mobile-first market where infrastructure and online usage development skipped wide-ranging desktop PC adoption and went straight to mobile internet usage via inexpensive smartphones instead. With almost three quarters of Nigerian web traffic being generated via smartphones, Nigeria ranks at the top of the list of African countries based on the share of traffic via mobile. Other African markets with a similar share of mobile online traffic are the Sudan and Ghana.

Internet freedom in Nigeria

According to the Freedom House Index 2018, Nigeria was ranked third in Sub-Saharan Africa and 21st out of the 65 global markets that were measured for internet freedom in 2018. Nigeria has very strong libel laws and subsequently, Nigerian internet users often do not feel free to fully express themselves online.
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