COVID-19: Internet Subscription Drops in 5 Months


The number of active subscribers for data (internet) services on each of the licensed service providers utilizing the different technologies has continued to drop following the relapse of the COVID-19 protocol in Nigeria.

Latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday revealed a gradual decline since January for mobile GSM subscribers.


According to NCC, the number of data subscriptions fell from 150,898,122 in January to 141,407,324 in April while that of VoIP fell from 387,169 in January to 346,293 in April however that of the fixed wireless rose from 11,545 in same month to 12,104 in April.

The total figure revealed that data subscription fell from 151,296,836 in January to 141,765,721 in April.

The NCC reported further showed that the subscriber base fell from 207,907,709 in November 2020, to 188,705,734 in April 2021.

The statistics showed MTN recorded the biggest fall with over 7,202,757 subscribers, while Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile recorded a drop of 7,054,115; 4,490,531; and 408,904 subscribers fall respectively.

According to the NCC, broadband penetration dropped from 45.07 per cent in November to 40.66 per cent in April while porting services dropped from 16,342 in November to zero in April.