Internet subscriptions hit 164m as voice users drop by 3% – NBS

Nigeria’s telecom sector recorded an upsurge in internet subscriptions in Q1 2024 as it hit 164 million, National Bureau of Statistics has said.


But voice users dropped by three per cent, the NBS added.


According to NBS Telecom Data report released on Monday, “The total number of active voice subscribers in Q1 2024 was 219,304,281 from the 226,161,713 reported in Q1 2023, indicating a growth rate of –3.03 per cent. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, active voice subscribers fell by 2.41 per cent.


“Also, in Q1 2024, the total number of active internet subscribers stood at 164,368,292 from 157,551,104 reported in Q1 2023, showing an increase of 4.33 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter basis, this grew by 0.32 per cent.”


The NBS report further disclosed that Lagos State led in both categories with 25.96 million active voice subscribers and 18.84 million active internet subscribers, reports TG News quoting ThisDay.


Ogun and Kano followed closely behind Lagos in internet subscriptions, with 9.53 million and 9.07 million, respectively, while Bayelsa recorded the lowest figures in both voice and internet users.


The report also revealed that MTN solidified its market lead in Q1 2024, commanding the largest share of subscriptions.


The telecom giant recorded 81.8 million voice subscribers and 69.4 million internet users. Globacom followed closely in second place, with 62.2 million voice subscribers and 44.4 million internet users.


In the third position is Airtel with 63.4 million voice subscribers and 46.8 million internet users. 9mobile trailed behind, with 11.7 million voice subscribers and 3.3 million internet users.


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