THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that internet users on telecom networks in the country have reduced further to 92,409,962, as at March this year. According to its monthly Internet Subscriber Data, internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications, GSM, and Code Division Multiple Access, CDMA, networks slumped by 1,340,668.
It added that 93,750,630 subscribers surf the internet in February while only 92,409,962 did in March. Out of the 92,409,962 internet users in March, 92,285,052 were on GSM networks, while 124,910 users were on CDMA.
Of the 92,285,052 internet users on the GSM networks during the month under review, the data showed that MTN had 33,356,595 customers on its network. It stated that MTN suffered a decrease of 2,247,775 internet subscribers in March, after it recorded 35,604,370 users in the month of February.
According to the data, Globacom had 26,530,420 customers in March, showing a reduction of 845,583 from its February’s record of 25,684,837. It said, however, that the Airtel recorded a rise of users with 17,155,181 internet users in the month of March, as against 17,079,646 customers in February.
The records, therefore, showed that the Airtel users increased by 75,535 in the month of March. The data also showed that Etisalat had 15,242,856 internet users in March, as against the 15,231,652 in February, recording an increase of 11,204 users in the month under review.
It also showed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 124,910 internet users on their networks in March. It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country experienced a decrease of 25,215 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 150,125 users they recorded in January.
“Visafone had 124,768 customers surfing the internet in March, showing a reduction of 25,185 users from the February record of 149,953. Multi-Links had 142 internet users in the month of March, showing a reduction of 30 customers from the February record of 172 users,” the data showed.
The document stressed the need for more Nigerians to embrace the internet, to speed up the country’s progress towards achieving 30 percent broadband penetrations by 2018.
— May 30, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT