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NCC: Nigeria’s mobile internet subscribers increased by 9.3m in one year

NCC: Nigeria’s mobile internet subscribers increased by 9.3m in one year
July 05
18:03 2023

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the country’s internet subscribers rose to 159.59 million in May 2023, from 149.78 million recorded in the corresponding period last year.

The commission said this in a recent update on industry statistics published on its website.

Out of the total figure, mobile (GSM) accounted for 159.04 million subscribers, while fixed wire and VoIP shared the remaining number of users.

By implication, this means that the country’s mobile internet subscribers increased by 9.26 million within the last year.


In the period under review, analysis by TheCable Index showed that all mobile networks recorded an increase in internet subscriptions — except 9mobile.

MTN Nigeria’s internet subscribers increased by 4.9 million from 63.09 million in May 2022 to 67.97 million in May 2023.

Subscribers under Globacom and Airtel increased by 3.79 million and 1.85 million, respectively.


9mobile, on the other hand, lost 1.26 million internet subscribers, dropping to 4.11 million for the period under review.

The NCC industry data also showed that the contribution of the telecoms sector to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased from 8.50 percent in 2015 to 14.13 percent in Q1 2023.

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