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Nigeria ranks 82 out of 110 in Digital Quality of Life Index 2021 . See details



2021 Digital Quality of Life Index

Annually, cybersecurity company, Surfshark, conducts research on the quality of digital wellbeing in 110 countries, 90% of the global population.

The 2021 Digital Quality of Life Index report was published recently.

These countries were analysed based on five core pillars including internet affordability, internet quality, e-infrastructure, e-security, and e-government. In the 2021 Digital Quality of Life Index (DQL), these pillars consisted of 14 interrelated indicators that work together to measure the overall digital quality of life. 

Out of 110 countries in the report, Nigeria ranked 82 with a global ranking index of 0.46.

Nigeria ranks 82 in 2021 DQL research

Nigeria ranks 82 in 2021 DQL research

In Africa, Nigeria ranked 5 out of 18 African countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia, among others that made it to the list. This year’s report shows that Nigeria dropped by one place compared to last year.

In terms of the five core pillars used for this year’s analysis, Nigeria’s position are as follows: 

  • Internet Affordability: rank; 107, index; 0.01

  • Time to work to afford the cheapest mobile internet: rank; 27, seconds; 104

  • Time to work to afford the cheapest broadband internet: rank; 110, minutes; 2133

  • Internet Quality: rank; 56, index; 0.50

  • Electronic Infrastructure: rank; 90, index; 0.55

  • Electronic Security: rank; 46, index; 0.78

  • Electronic Government: rank; 95, index; 0.44

  • Online Service Index: rank; 94, index; 0.52

  • AI readiness: rank; 104, index; 0.36

Globally, Nigeria also ranked 16 in terms of Broadband Speed Growth, 27 in terms of Mobile Affordability, 40 in terms of Mobile Speed Growth, 110 in terms of Broadband Internet Affordability, 106 in terms of Network Readiness Index, and 105 in Broadband Speed.

The 2021 Digital Quality of Life Index is the third edition which is an improved iteration of Surfshark’s DQL studies of 2019 and 2020. 

This year, the DQL Index is more complex and includes 25 (29%) more countries than DQL 2020, most of which are African countries.

The report concluded that broadband is globally less affordable this year; only 78 out of 110 countries enjoy stable broadband connection.

Comparing countries included in the last year’s index, people have to work 11% more (25 min) to afford broadband internet in 2021. However, people have to work 29% less (28 min) to afford mobile internet this year.”

DQL reasearch

Internet affordability revealed itself as the least important factor in the entire DQL

Investing into electronic infrastructure (0.93 correlation) and electronic government (0.92 correlation) contributes to people’s digital wellbeing the most.”

“In contrast, internet affordability revealed itself as the least important factor in the entire DQL (0.55 correlation).”


Nigeria needs to put in more efforts in order to boost the sector, make data and internet connectivity more accessible. This is a goal telcos are working towards and to achieve this, the country as a whole needs an excellent and sustainable transformation.

​Joan Aimuengheuwa is a content writer who takes keen interest in the scopes of innovation among African startups. She thrives at meeting targets and expectations. Contact: [email protected]

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