The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has disclosed that the mobile internet users in Nigeria has increased to 119,506,430 in April 2019.
According to the industry statistics report on the commission’s website, Nigeria internet subscribers rise with a total number of 3,568,205 within the month of March 2019 to April 2019.
The data showed that overall internet users increased to 119,506,430 in April 2019 from 115,938,225 recorded in March showing an increase of 3,568,205 new subscribers.
In its Monthly Internet Subscribers Data, the breakdown revealed that MTN Nigeria beat Glo to it in the month of April by recording an increase of 3,474,208 internet users against Glo 191,005 new internet users.
The data clearly recorded that MTN move from having 46,552,185 in march to 50,026,393 in April.
Airtel also gained 94,472 new internet users in April, increasing its subscription to 31,337,657 as against 31,243,185 in February.
Glo has 28,627,391 internet users as against 28,436,386 recorded in March,
while 9mobile declined from 9,642,393 recorded in March to 9,441,343 internet users recorded for April 2019.
The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive (EVC/CE), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta emphasized at the 7th Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition held in Baze University, Abuja that broadband services are transforming the way and manner people live, work and play, and in patterns and tempo humanity never witnessed before.
This revolution according to the NCC Chief Executive, find expression in education, agriculture, healthcare, commerce, transportation, governance and other sectors of the economy.
He also noted that broadband penetration which stood at 8.50 percent as at 2015 had risen to 33.70 percent as at April 2019.
According to Jumia Nigeria Mobile Report 2019, “Currently, 44% of mobile subscribers in Nigeria are using 3G technology and 4% are using 4G technology as compared to over 18% 4G penetration in South Africa and 16% in Angola.
“Nigeria’s mobile broadband penetration is forecast to rise to 55% of the population by 2025, with 70% having 3G connectivity and 17% having access to 4G networks. 5G network with the 26 GHz, 38 GHz and 42 GHz spectrum bands will be rolled out by 2020”, the report stated.
The report also predicted that Nigeria will contribute 4% of the estimated 700 million new global mobile subscribers,making it the only country in Africa marked with a significant contribution to increasing mobile penetration in the world.
“By this quota, it is expected that 28 million new mobile subscribers will emerge from Nigeria between 2019 and 2025, that is, an average of 7 million new mobile subscribers annually, if the country is to meet its quota”, it noted.