The number of broadband network subscribers in Nigeria grew from 79.4 million people in January 2022 to 81.7 million in April 2022, according to first quarter telephone data released by Nigeria Communication Commissions (NCC).
At the same time broadband internet penetration rose to 42.79% from 41.61%.
During the same period, the country acquired a total of 4,094,642 new mobile phone subscribers, with market leader MTN facing stiff competition from Airtel and Globocom.
Further checks showed that in Q1 2022:
MTN Nigeria’s internet subscribers increased by 1.1 million
Airtel increased by 918, 191
Globacom increased by 331, 360
9mobile, on the other hand, dropped over 108,000 internet subscribers for the period under review — its lowest of all time.
Here is the latest April Subscriber Account, together with market share:
April Subscriber Count
Active mobile subscriptions across the four GSM networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile rose to 199.5 million in March 2022. This is the highest number of subscriptions recorded by the operators since January 2021.
In that same month alone:
MTN gained 243, 879 new subscriptions in the month
Globacom added 894, 565 new subscriptions
Airtel also gained new customers in the month under review as its subscription database grew by 366, 422
However, 9mobile recorded a loss of subscriptions in the month. The company’s database plunged by 71, 992 to 12.7 million
The growth in subscriber count shows growth from a decline in growth occasioned by government policy and comes despite the challenges of verifying and linking SIM (Subscriber Identity Module)to the (NIN) National Identity Number.