The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed in its monthly Internet Subscriber Data that mobile internet users in Nigeria reduced to 92,281,921 in June 2016. That is a loss of 81,415 users from the previous month.
Besides the small drop in active users in the month, the NCC’s subscriber statistics also revealed which networks gained and lost internet subscribers during the same month.
In the month under review, the winners chart looks like this:
- Glo recorded an increase of 272,674 Mobile data users
- Airtel recorded a small increase of 45,334 Mobile internet users
In the same month, the figures for the losers are as follows:
- MTN suffered a decrease of 134,609 internet subscribers
- Etisalat suffered a loss of 254,511 data subscribers
The battle for mobile internet users continues
Of the four big telcos in Nigeria, Glo is the big winner in the internet stakes. The network has experienced a massive increase in mobile internet users in recent times, giving it the largest mobile internet base of the lot. The Mobile data field in Nigeria has become a slug fest as network operators battle tooth-and-nail for the body and soul for subscribers.
Earlier this year, former government-owned network, Mtel, resurrected as Ntel. Ntel is in private hands now and runs a 4G LTE network. It is, however, yet to make any significant inroads in terms of subscriber acquisition.