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Nigeria: number of online users 2015-2025

In 2020, Nigeria had 99.05 million internet users. This figure is projected to grow to 131.7 million internet users in 2023. The internet penetration amounted to 46.6 percent of the population in 2020 and is set to reach 65.2 percent in 2025.

Internet usage in Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the most populous countries worldwide. In the most recently measured period, there were almost 85 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 2019, Nigeria was ranked fourth in Sub-Saharan Africa and 22nd out of the 65 global markets that were measured for internet freedom in 2019. Nigeria has very strong libel laws and subsequently, Nigerian internet users often do not feel free to fully express themselves online.

Number of internet users in Nigeria from 2015 to 2025

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Source

Release date

July 2020

Region

Nigeria

Survey time period

2015 to 2020

Special properties

individuals of any age who use the internet from any location via any device at least once per month

Supplementary notes

* Forecast

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