The GSM Association revealed that in Nigeria, 5% more men own mobile devices than women.
According to the World Organization of Mobile Operators, 92% of the country’s adult male population have mobile phones, while 88% of the country’s adult female population have mobile phones. He said 36% more men (54%) use mobile internet than women (34%) in the country.
He said 37% more men use mobile internet than men in sub-Saharan Africa. He added that the phone ownership gap was lower than the mobile internet usage gap.
He revealed this in his “Mobile Gender Gap Report (2022)”. The GSMA said its report found that countries with the lowest levels of mobile phone penetration tend to have the largest gender gaps in mobile phone ownership and usage. Mobile Internet.
He said: “There are, however, a few exceptions where countries have high levels of mobile phone ownership but relatively large gender gaps in mobile internet usage.
“In particular, Kenya and Nigeria have high levels of mobile phone ownership among men and women, but the gender gaps in mobile internet are significant, at 38% and 36%, respectively. In Kenya, the popularity of M-Pesa, Safaricom’s mobile money offering, appears to have boosted mobile phone ownership among both men and women, but mobile internet usage remains relatively low, particularly in women.
“In the countries studied, the gender gap in mobile phone ownership has changed very little over the years. Meanwhile, the gender gap in mobile internet usage has narrowed in Kenya and Pakistan (although still large), but widened in India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Guatemala.
“In India and Bangladesh, mobile internet usage by men has increased while that of women has remained stable. In Nigeria, consumption by men remained stable, while that of women decreased. In Guatemala, both men and women have increased their use of mobile internet, but men have experienced a higher rate of growth. These changes have all contributed to an overall widening of the mobile internet gender gap in low- and middle-income countries in 2021.”
According to the GSMA, around 3.2 billion people in low- and middle-income countries access the internet on a mobile phone, accounting for 85% of broadband connection for men and women in the region.
He said the gender gap was endemic among the most underserved women, including those with low literacy, low income, who live in a rural area or who have a disability.
He added that even when women have the same levels of education, income, literacy and employment as men, they are still less likely to own a cell phone or use mobile internet, which which suggests that other issues are at play, such as discrimination and social issues. standards.
He revealed that a 2019 study estimated that closing the gender gap in cellphone ownership and use in LMICs could generate $140 billion in additional revenue for the mobile industry on a period of five years and could generate a 10 to 41% increase in revenue for the mobile industry in the countries studied in Africa.
The report found that there are 372 million women without mobile phones in LMICs due to affordability, digital literacy and skills, and safety and security.
He added that the gender gap in smartphone ownership has widened slightly in all areas during the reporting period, although the gender gap has narrowed year on year in countries. middle income over the past five years, from 20% in 2017 to 16% in 2017. 2020.
He said women were now 18% less likely than men to own a smartphone, translating to 315 million fewer women than men owning a smartphone.
He said this year’s increase was due to an increase in the smartphone gender gap in South Asia, as well as a continued increase in the smartphone gender gap in South Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa.