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70.3M Mobile Broadband Internet Users in Nigeria

Friday, October 17, 2014

 There has been a tremendous increase on the numbers of internet users on GSM networks in Nigeria and this is an interesting observation to note as it relates to broadband penetration. The recent data released by The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC clearly showed that Nigerians are gradually embracing data as the next revolution in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, in its Monthly Internet Subscriber Data, disclosed that the number of Internet users on the Global System for Mobile communications, GSM, networks had increased to 70, 307, 5011 in July, 2014.

The data revealed that there was a joint increase of 3,109,506 Internet users on all the networks in July, adding to the 67,197,505 users recorded in June, 2014. It showed that from the 70,307,011 Internet users recorded in July, MTN Nigeria led the table with 35,464,669 customers browsing the Internet on its network.

MTN had an increase of 1,519,682 Internet subscribers in July, after it recorded 33,944,987 users in the month of June while Globacom is second on the Internet usage table, recording 15,354,094 subscribers surfing the net with its network in July and gaining a total of 982,702 additional internet users on its network, up from 14,371,392 users in June. 

Airtel Nigeria came third on the roll with 12,562,495 internet users in July, as against 12,052,455 customers recorded in June and gained additional 510,040 Internet users on its network in July. The data further revealed that Etisalat was last on the table with 6,925,753 of its customers browsing the internet in July, against the 6,828,671 users in June but was able to increase its internet users by 97,082 in the month of July.

The NCC data further disclosed that the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators (Multi-Links and Visafone) had a joint total of 156,011 Internet users on their networks in July. It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a loss of 170 internet subscribers in July, from the 156,181 users they recorded in June.

However, Visafone on its part, recorded an increase of 373 customers surfing the internet in July, amounting to 153,292 compared to the 152,919 users in the month of June while Multi-Links had 2,719 Internet users in July, hence losing 643 customers from the June record of 3,262.

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