According to the latest industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the month of February 2018 on its website, the number of Monthly Internet Subscribers (GSM) experienced an increase to 100.9 million in February from 100.2 million in January.
The report shows that Nigeria now has a total of 100,904,668 GSM Internet subscribers as at February. This indicates a marginal increase of 670,385 new subscribers in the country from 100,234,283 of the month before.
The report also shows that Airtel, MTN gained more internet subscribers during the month in review, while Globacom and 9Mobile were the big losers.
In detail, there were indications that MTN gained the most with about 38 million Internet subscribers which shows an increase of 762,366 new subscribers from the previous month’s value of slightly over 37 million subscribers.
Following closely is Airtel with an increase of 247,216 subscribers in February amounting to 25,075,110 million users, as against the 24,827,894 users in January.
On the losing side is Globacom, as data shows a loss of 193,127 Internet users decreasing their subscription to 26,733,989 from the previously recorded value of 26,927,116 in January.
9Mobile continues to stumble on the losing side with 146,034 Internet users in February, decreasing its subscription to 11,132,153 as against the value of 11,278,187 recorded in January. Although its loss could be related to the continued uncertainty over the sale of the company.
The NCC report also showed that Nigeria has a total of 146,865,145 active subscribers for telephony services on each of the GSM licensed service providers with MTN leading the way again.
MTN has (36.61%) of the subscribers’ share with 53,442,969 users. Airtel follows with 38,326,579 (26.20%) while Globacom closely rivals Airtel with 38,228,018 subscribers (25.97%). And 9Mobile trails the pack with 16,867,579 users (11.22%).
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