Blame it on the crippling economy, but Nigeria has lost 1.7 million active internet subscribers. Yes, 1.7 million people have stopped using the internet. Starting from September 2016, the numbers have declined steadily from 93.1 million to 91.8 million as at December 2016. See a detailed break down in the table below:
The detailed decline in numbers
MTN subscribers reduced from 32.4 million to 31.7 million. Etisalat lost close 1 million users as they fell from 14.6 million to 13.7 million. In spite of the decline, Airtel Nigeria managed to gain even more subscribers. Their numbers rose from 18.8 to 19.3 million. That aside, all other networks experienced a decline.
Apparently people have to eat first before thinking of browsing the internet. The situation is not also helped by the increasing price of basic commodities. We suspect the fall in numbers was caused by increase in data floor pricing, NCC briefly enacted and stopped. Let’s hope things get better in the new year.