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.
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.
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|
|Netcom Africa Limited||95||95||8|
|Information Connectivity Solutions||350||345||28|
|Khal Communications Nigeria Limited||50||35||10|
|NetAccess Communications Nigeria||10||10||1|
|Main One Cable||446||379||23|
|Simbanet Nig Ltd||132||132||2|
|Internet Solutions Nig||285||281||12|
|Centre Point Technologies||4||4||–|