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Cost of Internet Access in Nigeria January 2012

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The price of monthly internet access remained largely the same in the last quarter of 2011 except for a few changes by some operators. In our last cost of internet access report, we noted that Glo’s price advantage was being challenged, the trend continued in Q4, 2011, especially in the high data segment the culprit this time being Swift Networks. Etisalat, perhaps responding to our call, revamped their low and mid-range internet bundles for better competiveness in the segment.
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Etisalat reduced the price of its 200MB internet browsing bundle from N1,600 to N1,000 and the 1.5GB bundle from N5,000 to N4,000. Etisalat also heeded our advice to either revamp or retire their 500MB internet bundle in our last report.

They chose to revamp it reducing its price from N3000 to N2000, making it more competitive. Visafone introduced a 5GB internet browsing bundle priced at N8,000 during the quarter. Outside these, prices were largely the same, but don’t count on this for Q1, 2012 if current fuel pricing persists.

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Cheap Internet Access

Aside the price changes by Etisalat, the prices of cheap internet browsing plans were largely the same. Visafone’s 1.2GB internet browsing bundle priced at N3,000 remains our best pick for best deal for cheap internet browsing in Nigeria. However, if you have a GSM/WCDMA(3G) phone, tablet, or modem, Glo Always Macro (1GB) and Airtel Smartphone plan both priced at N3,000 and offering 1GB data remain your best choice.

If you are an entry level internet user Glo Always Micro and the revamped Etisalat 200MB bundle both offering 200MB data for N1,000 are your best choice for browsing especially for feature phones and data efficient smartphones.

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Some other compelling Internet packages in this segment include Swift 300MB internet bundle priced at N1,500, the MTN 250MB bundle priced at N1,300, and the MTN 500MB and the revamped Etisalat 500MB internet bundles both priced at N2,000.

Read our overview of cheap internet access plans in Nigeria.

High data, Value for money Internet Access

This segment was largely quiet except for some movements by Swift Networks in the very high end of this segment. Glo Always Max, a 6GB 30-day internet access bundle priced at N7,500 is still our best pick for high data users, especially if you are under a Glo 3.5G coverage area. Although with a score of N1.25/MB (it is actually sharing the 9th position) it does not offer the highest overall value, its pricing makes it a lot more affordable.

Swift Networks increased the data allowance of some of their internet bundles, increasing their value. Swift Networks increased the data allowance of their N130,000 bundle from 80GB to 150GB giving it a better score of N0.87/MB and now sharing the best value internet bundle in Nigeria with Visafone’s 15GB bundle priced at N13,000.

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Visit our Internet Price/Value Ranking to see our all the internet bundles rank.

Read our overview of high value internet access plans in Nigeria.

This report is aimed at providing all the information about internet access cost in Nigeria in one place so that consumers can make better choices. If you currently access internet at a cheaper cost or at a higher value for money, feel free to contact us about it so that we can add it during our next report. However, the internet access package must be legal. We are interested in 30-day internet packages.

Our next report will be in April, 2012. Hope a lot would have changed by then. We hope that the current hike in fuel prices in Nigeria will not lead to an increase in internet access cost in this quarter.

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