CEM REPORT | Internet subscribers in Nigeria increased by 0.62% to 145.85 million in the first quarter of the 2022 with Lagos, Ogun, and Kano State accounting for 23.8% of the total internet subscriber base in the country as of March 2022.
This is according to data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The latest data shows that internet subscribers increase year-on-year to 145.85 million as of Q1 2022 compared to 144.95 million subscribers recorded as of the corresponding period of 2021.
Also, the data revealed that internet subscribers in Abuja grew the highest by 487,197 additional subscribers to stand at 7.7 million. Anambra, and Lagos State followed with 286,143 and 248,314 additional subscribers respectively.
While, MTN Nigeria, led other telecos with highest internet customer base with 60.7 million subscribers. Glo followed with 39.57 million, and Airtel with 39.4 million subscribers
While Airtel recorded the highest number of customer departures of 6,393 subscribers in the first quarter of the year, MTN received the highest of 1,452 ported subscribers.
A further breakdown of top five states of internet subscribers is shown below:
- Lagos State – 17.84 million
Lagos State, the economic hub of the nation recorded the highest number of internet subscribers in the review quarter at 17.84 million, representing 12.2% of the total internet subscribers in the country.
The number of internet subscribers in the state increased by 248,314 year-on-year from 17.59 million subscribers recorded as of the same period of 2021 to 17.84 million.
- Ogun State – 8.54 million
Ogun State, which is a neighboring state to Lagos and a center for many industries in the country recorded a total internet subscriber base of 8.54 million as of March 2022, which accounts for 5.9% of the total subscribers recorded in the period under review.
However, its subscriber base of the state fell on a year-on-year basis, by 155,951 from 8.69 million subscribers recorded as of March 2021 to 8.54 million in Q1 2022.
- Kano State – 8.36 million
The highly populated state of Kano recorded a total internet subscriber base of 8.36 million accounting for 5.7% of the total internet subscribers. The state recorded 35,336 new subscribers on a year-on-year from 8.33 million recorded as of March 2021.
- Oyo State – 7.52 million
Oyo, accounted for 5.2% of the total internet subscribers of 7.52 million as of the end of the first quarter of the year.
However, this is a decline of 213,612 from 7.74 million recorded in Q1 2021.
- Abuja – 7.11 million
The country’s capital accounted for 4.9% of the total internet subscribers in the country with 7.11 million subscribers. Its internet subscribers increased by 487,197 year-on-year from 6.62 million recorded in the corresponding period of 2021.
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Kaduna – 6.78 million
Rivers – 5.21 million
Delta – 5.13 million
Edo – 5.08 million
Niger – 4.65 million