Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Nigeria first county in the world to endorse A4AI’s Internet Affordability Target

In a bid to allow everyone, irregardless of their status in life, have access to the Internet, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) proposed the “1 for 2” affordability target: 1GB of mobile broadband priced at 2% or less of average monthly income.

Last year, the body called on countries across the world to adopt this new, more ambitious target, and Nigeria has become the first country in the world to do so.

“Nigeria recently became the first nation to formally endorse this target. We’d like to congratulate Nigeria for the nation’s vision in taking this step, and we stand ready to help make it a reality for all of her citizens,” A4AI stated.

The A4AI, together with its more than 80 local coalition members, will assist the country in translating the target into benefits for all Nigerians.

Although the cost of data in the country is rapidly reducing – 1k can buy 3.5GB of data on the Glo network – loads of people still can’t afford to come online. Endorsing the target shows the Federal Ministry of Communications is serious about bringing more Nigerians online.

More countries in West Africa are expected to follow Nigeria – we are the giant of West Africa after all – as ECOWAS has also formally endorsed the target and recommended it to its 16 member states.

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