…Three Northern States Shows Prospect for Growth
Lagos and Kano states have emerged states with the highest number of subscribers of active internet subscribers per state in the country.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says the number of Internet subscribers in the country grew to 151.51 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2020.
This is compared to the 143.63 million subscribers recorded in the second quarter.
According to the NBS report on telecoms data for Q2 and Q3 2020 released on Sunday, this represents a 5.48 percent growth quarter-on-quarter.
A total of 205 million voice subscribers were reported to have been active in Q3 2020 compared to 196.24 million subscribers in Q2 2020, representing a 4.59 percent increase.
“MTN has the highest share of subscriptions (both voice and internet). This is closely followed by GLO, Airtel, and emerging markets telecommunications services (EMTS)—9mobile respectively,” the report read.
For states, Lagos had the highest number of subscribers in terms of active voice in Q3 2020 with 25.25 million people, followed by Kano (14.42 million); Ogun (11.82 million); Oyo (10.46 million); and federal capital territory (FCT) with 9.09 million subscribers.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa (1.49 million), Ekiti (1.82 million), Ebonyi (1.83 million), Jigawa (2.58 million), and Gombe (2.65 million) were the states with the least number of active voice subscribers.
Similarly, Lagos state had the highest number of active internet subscribers in Q3 2020 with 19 million people, followed by Kano (10.26 million); Ogun (8.82 million); Oyo (7.95 million); and FCT (6.83 million).
Bayelsa (1.09 million), Ebonyi (1.28 million), Ekiti (1.43 million), Jigawa (1.85 million), and Gombe (1.87 million) had the least number of internet subscribers in Nigeria as at the end of Q3 2O20
Furthermore, Sokoto, Yobe, Kano State amongst other northern states has recorded the fastest year-on-year growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers by states in Nigeria.
Sokoto State recorded a massive jump of 54.1% in the number of mobile internet users to 2.9 million as at Q3 2020 from 1.9 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2019. Sokoto, 2 other northern states record the fastest growth in mobile internet subscribers in Nigeria.
Yobe State closely followed with a 51.3% growth from 1.3 million to 2.01 million subscribers, while Kano State recorded an increase of 47.6% to 10.3 million internet subscribers.