Reports have confirmed that subscriptions for internet across mobile, fixed and VoIP networks in Nigeria rose to 152 million in July 2022.
According to the latest data published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), a total of 1 million new subscriptions were logged by telecom operators in the month to attain the new record.
Internet subscriptions in Nigeria as of June 2022 was 151 million, Nairametrics report.
According to the NCC’s data, the mobile network operators, MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile noted their dominance of the internet market accounting for 151.4 million of the total subscriptions.
VoIP operators, Smile Communications and Ntel accounted for 366, 271 subscriptions while 14,716 were on fixed wired networks of 21st Century and iPNX. Other internet service providers (ISPs) in the country accounted for 210,597 active subscriptions.
Furthermore, subscriptions to broadband, that is, high-speed internet service, also increased to 84.9 million in July from 84.6 million recorded in June this year. This brought the country’s broadband penetration to 44.49%.
Internet subscriptions by operator
MTN Nigeria which is the largest operator by subscriber number maintained its leadership position as it gained in July.
However, the operator recorded a 68,177 decline in its internet subscriptions, which brought its database to 63.7 million from the 63.8 million it registered in June.
Also, Airtel maintained its second status in terms of internet subscriptions in July, even though it recorded a decrease in its internet customer database. The telecom operators lost 388,307 subscriptions in the month under review, which reduced its database to 41.3 million from 41.7 million in June.
The NCC data further implied that the rise in subscriptions for July was steered solely by Globacom, which gained 1.3 million new subscriptions to offset the losses recorded by others. Globacom’s internet subscriptions increased from 39.9 million in June to 41.2 million at the end of July.
Similar to MTN and Airtel, 9mobile’s internet subscription also waned in the month.
The telecom operator lost 204,309 subscriptions, which brought its internet customer database to 5.03 million at the end of July 2022.