Internet Connection: 9 Million Nigerians Lose Access
TECHDIGEST – Statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the South East region, which comprised states including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo, recorded the lowest Internet usage in the last quarter of 2021, with 13.7 million users. This is even as over nine million people in Nigeria lost access to the Internet in 2021.
The NBS data, which was released on Monday, showed that in the last quarter of 2021, the South West region had the highest online users, about 41.7 million, followed by North Central with 26.6 million. Troubled North West states had 25.4 million users; South-South is next with 20.8 million Internet users; North East had 13.8 million.
On the operators’ performance, in the North East, MTN had 6.27 million users, Glo 2 million; Airtel 5.2 million, and 9mobile 240, 787 users. In the North West, MTN led the table with 11.8 million subscribers, followed by Airtel with 7.6 million. Globacom is third with five million users and 9mobile 854,698 subscribers.
For North Central, MTN maintained the lead with 9.7 million users, followed by Globacom 9.6 million, Airtel was third with 6.1 million and 9mobile 1.11 million customers. In the South West, MTN serviced 15.7 million customers; Globacom users were 13.2 million; Airtel 10.4 million and 9mobile 2.19 million.
In the South-South, MTN had 8.3 million users; Globacom 6.7 million; Airtel 4.9 million and 9mobile 750,664. For the South East, MTN subscribers were 6.93 million, Airtel was second with 3.2 million customers; Globacom 2.9 million and Airtel 596,752 users.
In terms of voice, the statistics also showed that Lagos State had the highest number of active voice subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2021, followed by Kano and Ogun States. Bayelsa and Ebonyi States had the least number of subscribers, according to the NBS.
Telecoms figures for Q2 2021 showed that a total of 187,611,501 subscribers were active on voice as against 196,242,456 in Q2 2020. This represents a 4.4 percent decrease in voice subscriptions Year-on-Year. Quarter-on-Quarter growth was -2.50 percent.