Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos State, has the highest active phone and Internet subscribers in the country at the end of first quarter of 2016, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed.
With 19.04 million out of of 148.74 million active voice subscription in Nigeria, Lagos accounts for 12.8 per cent of the total subscribers followed by Ogun State with 8.53 million subscribers representing 5.7 per cent.
This is one of the key highlights from the report of Nigerian Telecommunication Sector by NBS, the national agency responsible for the development and management of official statistics.
The report further reveals that Kano State has 7.81 million subscribers (5.25%); Oyo State with 7.53 million subscribers (5.06%) and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with 6.03 million subscribers (4.05%).
The report observed that all of the above-listed top five States with respect to active voice subscriptions had total subscribers in excess of their official population number as provided by the Nigerian Population Commission except for Kano State where the official population figures exceeded the number of active voice subscribers at the end of Q1 2016.
According to the report, the total number of active voice subscriptions stood at 148.74 Million at the end of Q1 2016 with MTN accounting for the largest share of 57.04 million (38% of total) followed by Globacom with 34.60 million subscribers (23.2 % of total) and Airtel with 33.86 million (22.7% of total).
The Nigerian states with the least number of active subscribers as at Q1 2016 include Bayelsa with 1.11 million subscribers; Yobe with 1.40 million subscribers; Ekiti with 1.42 million subscribers; Ebonyi with 1.43 million subscribers and Zamfara with 1.67 million subscribers.
The NBS report also shows that Lagos was the dominant market for all of the active voice telecoms companies accounting for 10.05% of MTN total voice subscribers followed by Ogun, Kaduna and Rivers in that order.
Lagos accounts for 10.03% of Globacom total voice subscribers followed by Oyo, Niger, Ogun and FCT .
Lagos also accounts for 16.0% of Airtel total voice subscribers followed by Ogun, Kano and Oyo; and 19.1% of Etisalat voice subscribers followed by Ogun, Kaduna and Rivers.
The NBS report also placed the number of active internet subscriptions at 92.4 million at the end of Q1 2016 with MTN accounting for the largest share of 33.35 million (36.09% of total number) followed by Globacom with 26.53 million subscribers (28.70 % of total) and Airtel with 17.15 million (18.56% of total).
Lagos also accounts for the largest share of active Internet subscribers with 12.62 million (13.65% of the total number), followed by Ogun State with 5.62 million subscribers (6.09% of the total), Oyo State with 4.90 million subscribers (5.31% of the total), then Kaduna and Kano State with 4.23 million (4.57% of total) and 4.13 million (4.47% of total) Internet subscribers respectively.
According to the report, the states with the least number of active Internet subscribers as at Q1 2016 include Yobe with 0.69 million subscribers, Bayelsa with 0.73 million subscribers and Ebonyi with 0.79 million subscribers.
The NBS report further shows that Lagos was the dominant market for all of the active Internet companies, accounting for 11.34% of MTN total Internet subscribers followed by Ogun, Kano and Rivers in that order with 10.36% for Glo, followed by Oyo, Niger, Ogun in that order; 16.95% for Airtel followed by Kano, Kaduna and Rivers and 20.27% of Etisalat voice subscribers, followed by Ogun, FCT and Kaduna.