As of December 2020, there were 154.29 million internet subscriptions in Nigeria, according to the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC). By December 2021, there were 141.96 million internet subscriptions.
If we compare this year to year, we see a drop of eight percent.
On Thursday, the FCC released its 2021 Subscriber/Network Data Annual Report, which included the amount.
As of December, 2021, there were 141,959,496 active Internet subscriptions, down from 154,289,727 active subscriptions as of December 2020.” An eight percent decrease in total active Internet subscriptions is indicated by this data year over year.
In 2021, MTN Nigeria Plc lost the most Internet users (6,546,878) than any other company. The corporation had 65,359,306 subscribers at the beginning of 2021 and concluded the year with 58,812,428.
Airtel dropped from 41,287,733 Internet users in the previous year to 37,526,624 at the end of the year, a decrease of 3,761,109.
Despite losing 581,390 Internet members, Globacom’s total Internet subscribers declined from 40,106,659 to 39,525,269 by the end of the year.
More than 1.3 million members were dropped by EMTS, 6.3 million by Smile, and 9,507 by NTEL.
According to the numbers, all mobile GSM and VoIP service providers will lose subscribers in 2021.
According to the data, the decrease is due to the suspension of new Subscriber Identity Module sales, registration, and activation.
“The Operators ascribed the reduction mostly to the FG’s instruction to prohibit the sale, registration, and activation of new SIMs,” the report stated.
MTN reported in its half-year report that “Mobile customers decreased by 7.6 million to 68.9 million, hit by the regulatory restrictions on new SIM sales and activations.” “