Africa’s biggest telecommunications market has seen the number of internet users soar to 152 million as the country makes its first breakthrough in the launch of its 5G network.
Data released by the country’s network regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, revealed that 997,489 new internet subscribers were added between June and July 2022.
It comes as the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy hopes broadband penetration and internet subscription will grow alongside its digital economy plan.
The dominant network in terms of internet was MTN, which had 63.75 million internet subscribers in July, equivalent to 55.9% of the internet market share.
MTN is the nation’s largest telecom and has launched a trial of 5G in 193 locations in 10 states.
Airtel has 41.39 million internet subscribers, Globacom has 41.25 million, while 9mobile controls only 5.03 million internet subscribers.
Broadband penetration rose to 44.9% in July from 44.32%. percent month after month.
In July 2021, broadband penetration in Nigeria was 39.79%.
Nigeria’s active lines also increased over the period to 208.97 million from 206.45 million recorded active lines in June 2022.
Nigeria’s active lines in July were 187.81 million, according to NCC data for 2021.
In market share, MTN controls 38.08% of the sector market share, GLO, Airtel and 9mobile control 27.96%, 27.92% and 6.04% of the operator market share.
The ICT sector, which includes the telecommunications industry among others, is among the fastest growing sectors with a contribution of 18.44% to GDP in the second quarter of 2022.
“So by implication, we set a record last year and we broke that record this second quarter of 2022 without involving digital services.
“Only the ICT sector contributed 18.44%, which can be attributed to the policies we have introduced in the sector,” said Isa Ali Pantami, Nigerian Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.