Internet usage on Nigeria’s GSM networks increases to 81 million

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says the number of internet users on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) networks has increased from 76,322, 802 in 2014 to 81,892,840 in January 2015.

This is contained in the NCC Monthly Internet Subscriber Data, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

According to the data, there is an increase of 5,570,038 internet users on the networks in January.

It showed that from the 81,892,840 internet users recorded in January, MTN Nigeria led the table with 39,173,123 customers browsing the internet on its network.

It stated that MTN had an increase of 556,386 internet subscribers in January, after it recorded 38,616,737 users in the month of December 2014.

According to the data, Globacom is second on the internet usage table, recording 17,671,405 subscribers surfing the net with its network in January.

The data revealed that Globacom gained a total of 532,085 additional internet users on its network, up from 17,139,320 users in December 2014.

Airtel Nigeria, it said was third on the roll with 14,969,924 internet users in January, as against 14,371,987 customers recorded in December.

The data showed that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network also increased by 597,937 in January.

It disclosed that Etisalat was last on the table with 10,078,388 of its customers browsing the internet in January, compared to the 6,194,758 users in December, an increase of 3,883,630 users.

The NCC data also revealed that the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators (Multi-Links and Visafone) had a joint total of 153,798 internet users on their networks in January.

It showed, however, that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a loss of 526 internet subscribers in the month under review from the 154,324 users they recorded in December.

The data stated that Visafone recorded a decrease of 311 customers surfing the internet in January, reducing the number to 153,059 compared to the 153,370 users in the month of December.

It said that Multi-Links had 739 internet users in January, hence losing 215 customers from the December record of 954 users.

The data further showed that in spite of the decrease on the part of the CDMA networks, Nigerians were gradually embracing data as the next revolution in the Information and Communications Technology sector.



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  • Lemmuel Odjay

    NCC, we are tired of surfing on pay as you go terms. It is dated, frustrating and discourages good progress. 2. Please do something now about this malaise otherwise known as ” hello, hello, hello…network again.” It’s been going on for 4 years or more and our patience is wearing thin. Thank you, NCC…

  • Abdulkarim Santuraki

    Who is NCC working for, the Nigerian people or the multi national companies, that continue to rip off subscribers? Despite millions of daily complaints by telecom subscribers in the country which NCC failed to investigate and apply necessary sanctions they are here celebrating increase of internet usage by customers which suggest several millions of naira in ill gotten profits by these network providers. It takes as much as ten minutes to open a page in the internet without appropriate data tarriff charges, sometimes downloads are aborted with almost 90% completion without adequate compensation.

  • udemeobong

    Bull shit when one can not make whatsapp or any internet related call. No reliability and standard, no quality service for what one pays for. After many years of internet existence in Nigeria the price of accessing internet is soooooo high and one gets virtually nothing out of it. Try make any call through whatsapp to another country let us see. When will Nigeria eventually provide Lane Line Service (LLS). Are we developing or devexploiting the poor masses? What does it profit us as a nation to publish figures when the real value from theses figurs is shameful? I get frustrated each time i try reaching someone, because the network is so bad and yet what one pays is 20 times moreexpensive like in all other sectors-NEPA, HOUSING; TRANSPORT; FOOD ITEMS; SECURITY; LEGAL; HEALTH……please help me mention them.
    This what GMB has to quickly adress. Abacha said once: “Enough is enough” and GMB said “We wanted change and change has come” So, I, as a quark jounalist will remind him of this, if he tries towing the path of Jonathan. He should not rubbish the respect and trust people within and outside our country have in him oooo. We want to see things changing for the better before the end of 2015 otherwise he will have himself to blame when he is not re-elected for the second term.
    I am still hopeful, but….

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