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Telcos Add 2.4m New Internet Users in May.

The number of Nigerian Internet users rose by an addition 2.4 million users in the month of May to 141.2 million across mobile, fixed wired and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in light of the current COVID-19 health crisis, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This is as many had to rely on the internet for several needs, due to the restrictions on movement.

According to data from the telco regulatory body, the mobile networks: MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile remained the preferred choice by many Nigerians as the mobile network operators accounted for 99.7 percent of the internet subscriptions.

It said that mobile internet subscriptions as of May stood at 140.8 million, while the remaining 0.3 percent was subscriptions over fixed wired and VoIP, which stood at 396,504.

Giving a breakdown on the new subscribers, MTN Nigeria led as it added 882,458 new internet customers in the month.

The telco had a total of 58.9 million internet customers as of May this year.

It was trailed by Airtel Nigeria in second place which added 448,504 new subscriptions in the fifth month, which brought its customer base to 37.3 million.

Globacom, though the third in terms of the number of internet customers, emerged as the biggest gainer for the month as it added 1.3 million new internet subscriptions in the month. This brought the number of the telco's total internet customers to 37.2 million.

9mobile maintained its fourth position with a further decline in the number of its internet customers. The service lost 204,595 data customers in May, which reduced its total subscription number to 7.3 million.

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Publication:Nigeria Communications Week
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Date:Jul 10, 2020
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