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Fresh 9.2m connected in 9 months, total internet users hits 123.5m in Oct—NCC

Between January and October 2019 (nine months), a total of 9.2m Nigerians got connected to internet as the sum total of Nigerians internet subscribers increased to 123.5 million within the period under review. This was the revelation from the latest industry statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Besides, the observable indication that more Nigerians are becoming digitally included is further seen when the comparison between January 2019 figure of 114.3 million internet subscribers and October (same year) figure of 123.5m.

Other related data released on the commission’s website also showed that active mobile voice subscribers increased from 174,012,136 to 180,386,316 within the same period, which translates to the fact that 91% of Nigeria’s 198 million population now have access to telecommunications services.

On market leadership by way of subscriber base, MTN Nigeria still holds the lion share of the 67,348,858 subscribers which translate to 36.93% with indigenous giant, Globacom coming very close with 51,137,642 subscribers leaving India’s Airtel at 49,650,155 subscribers.

On the Internet Service Providers’ market segment, NCC’s data showed that the dwindling 49 ISPs are struggling to serve a paltry 274,717 subscribers in select Nigerian cities.