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Internet Subscribers Declined By 9 Million

Oluwasina Phillip

Internet users in Nigeria declined by nine million subscribers to 144 million in the first quarter of 2021, data from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed.

The total figure represents a 6.06 percent decline from N153.30 million subscribers recorded in the previous quarter (Q4 2020).

A breakdown of the report showed that MTN had the highest subscription for the period, followed by Glo, Airtel and 9mobile.

“Total of 144,949,194 subscribers were active on the internet as against 154,301,195 in Q4

Similarly, a total of 192,413,613 subscribers were active on voice as against 204,601,313 in Q4 2020.

This represented a 5.96 percent decrease in voice subscriptions quarter on quarter.

The report showed that Lagos state had the highest number of subscribers in terms of active voice per State in Q1 2021, closely followed by Ogun and Kano States respectively while Bayelsa and Ebonyi States have the least number of subscribers.

Similarly, Lagos State has the highest number of subscribers in terms of active internet per State in Q1 2021 and is closely followed by Ogun and Kano States respectively while Bayelsa and Ebonyi States have the least number of subscribers.

The Report also showed that porting activities were not carried out by the Service Providers during the quarter under review.

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