How operators rank by Internet subscribers in Nigeria

How operators rank by Internet subscribers in Nigeria

How operators rank by Internet subscribers in Nigeria

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Internet subscribers in Nigeria continue to grow among the nation’s connected population driven largely by explosion in mobile telephony services.

The growing appetite for connectivity and fast-growing adoption of social media services among Nigeria’s connected family and growing mobile population have also boosted the Internet market landscape.

This national voice subscriber base is split among GSM operators (153,086,710), CDMA networks (244,477), fixed wired/wired (151,754) and VOIP (31,166) bringing Nigeria’s teledensity to 109.65.

Going by the latest market information from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms operators have ramped up a total of 153,514,107 active line by October 2016.

How GSM operators rank by Internet subscribers in Nigeria

This national voice subscriber base is split among GSM operators (153,086,710), CDMA networks (244,477), fixed wired/wired (151,754) and VOIP (31,166) to bringing Nigeria’s teledensity to 109.65.

That is why the Big Four mobile phone operators, MTN Nigeria, Glo, Airtel Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria, jointly account for a lion share of the market for Internet services with some 93,176,061 subscribers among them by October 2016.

Internet subscribers on Nigeria Mobile GSM networks by October 2016
Internet subscribers on Nigeria Mobile GSM networks by October 2016

Among this Internet subscriber numbers in Nigeria, the four mobile networks have the 93,176,061 customers split among MTN Nigeria (32,464,779), Glo (27,185,552), Airtel Nigeria (18,832,238) and Etisalat Nigeria (14,693,492).

The Internet service landscape in Nigeria has also become a keenly contested market space among operators as the next growth segment because of dropping voice revenue forcing operators to open new revenue streams.

Nigerian mobile operators have lately been rolling out new generation of mobile technologies for faster data, acquiring new spectrum and leveraging merger and acquisition as faster route to market competitive for shares of Nigeria Internet subscribers’ wallets.

Number of Internet subscribers of Visafone and Multi-Links in Nigeria by October 2016
Number of Internet subscribers of Visafone and Multi-Links in Nigeria by October 2016

But the Internet market space also have smaller and nimbler players who have managed to retain an appreciable internet subscribers in the market by rolling out 4G LTE, advanced technologies that provide faster data, video and enhanced voice services.

The Internet subscriber numbers in Nigeria also appreciably reflect the distribution of voice service subscribers with the big mobile operators now counting growing uptake of their data services. But that does not leave it an uncontested market as smaller Internet Service Providers (ISPs) also lay claim to market stakes.

Nigeria Internet Subscribers Market Share by ISPs


IS Internet Solutions 452 452 7
Vodacom 1,687 1,687 6
Spectranet 193,892 108,629 555
ipNX 28,153 6,372 56
VDT 134 134 37
Cobranet N/A 3,668 60
Juniper Solutions 170 3 1
Netcom Africa Limited 95 95 8
Gulf Technologies 9 5 2
Futurecom 35 35 1
Backbone Connectivity 200 57 1
e-Stream 311 311 9
Information Connectivity Solutions 350 345 28
Trefoil 5 5 1
Khal Communications Nigeria Limited 50 35 10
Smile Communications 156,243 156,243 20
NetAccess Communications Nigeria 10 10 1
Steam Broadcasting 2,309 2,309 4
Main One Cable 446 379 23
Atlantic Geodynamics 7 7 1
Guaranty Turnkey 250 250 1
Broadbased 710 393 18
Zinox 1,201 982
Layer 3 40 40 8
Hyperia 2,512 2,512 5
Coscharis Tech 45 36 14
E-Sense Tech 52 22 10
Hotspot Network 670 420 8
Bat Computer 8 8 3
Simbanet Nig Ltd 132 132 2
Ambion Wireless 30 10 3
Content Oasis 1 1 1
Internet Solutions Nig 285 281 12
Centre Point Technologies 4 4
Excelsimo Networks 24 24 4
Sea-Net Technologies 32 20
Smartcity Broadband 240 130 7
TOTAL 390,794 286,046 927

 

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