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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

140 million calls, 93 million internet subscriptions recorded in Nigeria for Q3 – NBS

Now more than ever, Nigerians are using telecom subscriptions for communication.
According to a report called "Telecoms Data: Active Voice and Internet per State, Porting and Tariff Information for the Third Quarter of 2017" posted on the website of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria recorded a total of 140 million active voice subscriptions and 93.26 million active Internet subscriptions in the third quarter of 2017.

The report states that the total active voice subscriptions fell by 8.73% from third quarter 2016, and by 2.21% from second quarter of 2017. However the total active internet subscriptions increased by 1.22% from third quarter 2016 and declined by 0.55% from second quarter, 2017.

Both voice and internet communication subscriptions in the third quarter, 2017 were dominated by Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). The four largest communication providers in the third quarter of 2017 were Airtel Nigeria with 24.75% of the total telecom communication subscriptions; 9mobile, 12.30%; Globacom Limited, 27.70%; and MTN Nigeria Communications, 35.96%.

The report said that Lagos led in telecommunication usage with 20.39 million active voice subscriptions and 20.12 million GSM users by the end of the third quarter, equal to 14.58% of the total nationwide subscriptions.

It stated that FCT, Kano, and Kaduna established another cluster of heavy voice subscription, each of which reported more than 6 million active voice subscriptions in the quarter under review.

In addition, the report said that most states recorded negative growths in active voice subscriptions in the third quarter on both year-to-year and quarter to quarter basis. FCT, Edo, Adamawa, Ondo, Lagos, and Oyo were the only states which recorded positive year-on-year growths in active voice subscriptions in the quarter under review.

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