Nigerian internet users hit 90million in March – NCC

Nigerian internet users in the country stood at 90,003,101 in the month March.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) made this disclosure in its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data for March released in Lagos.

The data indicated that internet users on both Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks dropped from 90,029,182 in February to 90,003,101 in March.

The telecommunications industry regulator showed that out of the 90,003,101 internet users in March, 89,972,792 were on GSM networks, while 30,309 users were on CDMA networks.

The GSM service providers lost 26,081 internet customers after recording 89,972,792 users in March, as against 89,998,873 it recorded in February.

The CDMA operators had retained 30,309 internet subscribers in March as recorded in February 2017.

The data revealed that MTN had 30,519,351 subscribers browsing the internet on its network in the month under review.

It said that MTN recorded an increase of 218,646 internet subscribers in March, after recording 30,300,705 in February.

According to the data, Globacom has 27,021,200 customers surfing the net on its network in March, revealing an increase of 88,715 users, from the 26,932,485 that surfed the internet on the network in February.

Airtel had 19,468,684 internet users in February showing a reduction of 44,924 customers from 19,423,760 recorded in March.

The data also showed that Etisalat had 13,008,481 customers who browsed the internet in March, revealing a decrease of 288,518 users from the 13,296,999 users recorded in February.

It also revealed that the CDMA operators, Multi-Links and Visafone had a joint total of 30,309 internet users on their networks in March, maintaining the same record of February.

Visafone had 30,305 internet surfers in March, while Multi-Links had just four internet users.

NCC noted that the decrease in the use of the internet in the month of March showed that service providers had to ensure that more Nigerians embraced data as the next revolution.

 

NAN/Mazino.D