Airtel Gains, MTN Loses As NCC Releases Update On Internet Usage In Nigeria

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The Nigerian Communications
Commission (NCC) on Thursday said
that internet users on Nigeria’s
telecommunications networks have
reduced to 92,281,921, as at June
2016. The commission made this known in
its monthly Internet Subscriber Data,
which was obtained by the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
A breakdown of the data showed that
internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications
(GSM), and the Code Division Multiple
Access (CDMA) networks reduced by
81,415.
It further said that 92,363,336
subscribers surfed the internet in May, but that only 92,281,921 did in June.
The data showed that out of the
92,281,921 internet users in June,
92,181,178 were on the GSM
networks, while 100,743 users were
on the CDMA. Of the 92,181,178 internet users on the GSM networks in
the month under review, the
document showed that MTN Nigeria
had 32,974,177 customers browsing
on its network.
It stated that MTN suffered a decrease of 134,609 internet subscribers in
June, after it recorded 33,108,786
users in the month of May.
According to the report, Globacom
had 26,628,065 customers surfing the
net in June, showing an increase of 272,674 from its May’s record of
26,355,391.
It also said that Airtel Nigeria network
recorded a rise of users with
17,325,423 internet users in the
month of June, as against 17,280,089 customers in May.
The records, therefore, showed that
Airtel Nigeria network users increased
by 45,334 in the month of June.
The data also showed that Etisalat had
15,253,513 internet users in June, as against the 15,508,024 in May,
recording a decrease of 254,511 users
in the month under review.
It also revealed that the CDMA
operators (Multi-Links and Visafone),
had a joint total of 100,743 internet users on their networks in June.
It showed that the only surviving two
CDMA networks in the country listed a
decrease of 10,303 internet
subscribers in the month under
review, from the 111,046 users they recorded in May.
Visafone had 100,739 customers
surfing the internet in June, showing a
reduction of 10,303 users from its May
record of 111,042.
Multi-Links had 4 internet users in the month of June, same as in May 2016.
The document stressed the need for
more Nigerians to embrace the
internet, to speed up the country’s
progress towards achieving 30 per
cent broadband penetration by 2018.