Nigeria’s internet subscription hits 148 million in April 2022


Internet subscriptions on mobile, landline and VoIP networks in the country rose to 148 million in April this year. The latest industry data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reveals that telecom operators registered a total of 2.5 million new subscriptions during the month to reach this new high.

In March 2022, internet subscriptions in the country stood at 145.5 million.

NCC data shows that mobile network operators MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile maintained their dominance in the internet market with 147.4 million subscriptions. VoIP operators Smile Communications and Ntel accounted for 349,742 Internet subscriptions, while 14,412 were on fixed wired networks – 21st Century and iPNX.

Broadband subscriptions, ie high-speed Internet services, also increased to 81.6 million in April from 80.6 million recorded in March this year. This brought broadband penetration in the country to 42.79%.

What each operator earned in April

  • MTN Nigeria, the largest operator by number of subscribers, maintained its leadership position by winning 1.1 million new internet subscriptions in April. This brought its total Internet subscription database to 61.8 million.
  • Airtel overtook Globacom during the month to become the second operator in terms of Internet subscriptions. The company registered 918,191 additional internet subscriptions in April, bringing its total number of internet customers to 40.2 million.
  • Globacom also gained new subscriptions during the month adding 331,360 Internet customers during the month. At the end of April, its internet subscription database stood at 39.8 million.
  • However, 9mobile’s Internet subscription decreased during the month. The telecom operator lost 107,617 subscriptions, which brought its internet customer base to 5.4 million at the end of April.

What you should know

  • As of December 2020, active Internet subscriptions across all networks in the country stood at 154.3 million.
  • Operators had seen a significant drop in internet subscriptions last year due to the government suspending SIM card registration and activation between December 2020 and April 2021.
  • Between January and May last year, the country lost a total of 13.8 million internet subscriptions.


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