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[MILESTONE] Nigeria Broadband Subscriptions Double in 5 Years – Currently at 44.5%

The number of people using broadband internet in Nigeria has increased to 44.5% in July 2022 from 40.9% in February 2022 as the National Communications Commission (NCC) sees hope of achieving the national broadband target of 70% by 2025.

Here are stats from the NCC report:

  • Broadband internet subscriptions have doubled in 5 years
  • There were 41.4 million subscriptions (21.7%) as of January 2017
  • There were 84.6 million subscriptions (44.5%) as of June 2022

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Some of the leading players in this field per data include:

  • Spectranet
  • Tizeti
  • Astramix
  • IpNX Nigeria
  • VDT Communications

According to Statista, as of the first quarter of 2022:

  • Spectranet counted some 260,000 active subscribers in the country
  • Tizeti ranked as the second leading internet operator with about 29,000 active users
  • All other providers counted around 20,000 active users or less

This most recent data was revealed by the commission’s executive vice chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at a 3-day public inquiry on 5 telecom regulations and guidelines in Abuja. The VC also reiterated the importance of regulations in this instance.

“With the technological advancements anticipated in the coming years, it is expected that there will be a proliferation of devices in the industry. It is, therefore, essential for the Commission to ensure that the right regulatory frameworks can accommodate such eventualities.”

– Executive Vice Chairman, National Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC Nigeria)

The 5 areas under focus during the public inquiry include:

  • Type pproval regulations
  • Guidelines on short code operation in Nigeria
  • Guidelines on technical specifications for the deployment of communications infrastructure
  • Guidelines on advertisements and promotions
  • Consumer code of practice regulations

According to Mr Danbatta, the commission’s regulatory efficiency and focused implementation of policies and strategies of the Federal Government of Nigeria were responsible for the strides made in internet connections. He added that the public inquiry is in tandem with the commission’s strategy of consulting stakeholders in all its regulatory interventions.

“The amendment of these regulatory instruments were to reflect current realities, one of which is the anticipated deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) technology, and management of shortcodes in Nigeria, including the toll-free emergency code 112.”

– Executive Vice Chairman, National Communications Commission of Nigeria (NCC Nigeria)

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