87 Million Nigerians Browse Internet – NCC

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Eugene Juwah, Vice Chairman, NCC

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THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that more than 87 million Nigerians are currently browsing the internet on telecoms networks in the country. The NCC’s monthly internet subscriber data for April showed that there was an increase of 1,587,514 internet users on both the Global System for Mobile Communications, GSM, and the Code Division Multiple Access, CDMA, networks in the month under review.

In the data, 85.4 million users were recorded on the networks as of March, but this figure increased to 87 million internet subscribers in April. It showed that out of the 87 million internet users as of April, 86. 9 million were on GSM networks, while 150,779 users were on the CDMA networks.

Also, out of the 86.9 million internet users recorded on the GSM networks in April, MTN Nigeria had 39.5 million customers browsing the internet on its network. It stated that MTN had a decrease of 384,487 internet subscribers, after it recorded 39.9 million users in March 2015.

In the data, Globacom had 19.6 million subscribers surfing the net with its network in April, up from 18,617,607 users in March. It said that Globacom had gained a total of 1.7 million additional internet users on its network. Airtel Nigeria, it said, had 17.2 million internet users in April, as against 16,603,147 customers recorded in March. The data showed that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network increased by 669,518 in April.

It indicated that Etisalat had 10.4 million of its customers browsing the internet in April, against the 10,189,568 users in March. The data showed that those browsing the net on Etisalat’s network increased by 231,661 in April. The NCC data also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone) had a joint total of 150,779 internet users on their networks in April.

The only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a loss of 2,088 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 152,866 users they recorded in March. Visafone recorded a decrease of 2,063 customers surfing the internet in April, reducing to 150,252 compared to the 152,315 users in March. Multi-Links had 527 internet users in April, losing 24 customers from the March record of 551 users.

— Jun 29, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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