Nigeria internet users reduce to 93.7 million


The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Saturday said that internet users on Nigeria’s telecommunications networks reduced to 93.75 million as at February 2016.

The commission made this known in its monthly Internet Subscriber Data, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

It said that the number of subscribers that browsed the internet in January was put at 95.94 million; but reduced to 93.75 million in February.

The data revealed that internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications, GSM, and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks reduced by 2,194,162

It showed that of the 93.75 million internet users in February, 93.6 million were on GSM networks, while 150,125 users were on the CDMA.

Of the 93.6 million internet users on the GSM networks in the month under review, MTN Nigeria had 35.6 million customers browsing the internet on its network. MTN had a decrease of 2.6 million internet subscribers in February, after it recorded 38.21 million users in January.

According to the report, Globacom had 25.68 million customers surfing the net in February, as the number increased by 248,593 from the January’s record of 25.43 million.

Airtel Nigeria, it said, had 17 million internet users in February, as against 16.85 million customers recorded in January.

It said that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network increased by 224,037 in February.

The data added that Etisalat had 15.23 million internet users in February, against the 15.28 million in January, hence, reducing by 52,251 in the month under review.

It also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 150,125 internet users on their networks in February.

It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a decrease of 52 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 150,177 users they recorded in January.

Visafone had maintained 149,953 customers surfing the internet in February, as it recorded from December 2015.

Multi-Links had 172 internet users in February, reducing 52 customers from the January record of 224 users.

The decrease in the use of the internet in the month of February showed that there was the need for more Nigerians to embrace the internet.

The NCC noted that the country was making progress towards achieving 30 per cent broadband penetrations by 2018.



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  • Obi M. Alele

    You people don’t hear word in Premium Times. Did i not tell you to be doing broadcast of your news on Radio FM?

    There is no light in Nigeria for internet again. I told you. But evil spirit harden your mind. You did not want to agree.

    Can you see yourself now? Internet people have reduced too much in Nigeria. You can’t do internet inside darkness.

    Nigerians can but Tiger battery for Transistor Radio to hear your news. There is no petrol to buy for generator light.

  • zung

    With the swindling of Nigerians by these so called internet service providers, how do you expect the number to increase? One moment they claim promotion, when you’re lured into it, the meter runs fast until you finish the bonus MB or GBs before you’ll begin to observe a little of slowing down. Even at that,they steal the one you paid full value with your money. This is especially true with all of them, in the order of the most voluminous to the lowest in volume. Try streaming on line and you’ll pay through your nose from any Nigerian internet provider. Complete waste of money. It’s better to use direct connection through international subscriptions rather than depend on these rogue companies. Unfortunately, because of BH, this option is difficult as government regulates it strictly.


    This is due to Fashola’s Zero(0) megawatt.

  • Analyst

    Alsoe those that had stop eating three square meal a day have reduced to 93.7 million. Sai Suffer.