Nigeria’s Internet Subscribers Reach 148m, Highest In 14 Months

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the country’s internet usage rose to 148.10 million in April 2022.

The commission expressed this in a new update of industry measurements posted on its site.

Of the figure stated, mobile(GSM) represented 147.45 million users — leaving Fixed Wire and VoIP for the excess supporters.

As per the information, the total active mobile (GSM) web users expanded to 147.45 million towards the end of April 2022 — subsequent to recording the least in July 2021 at 139.38 million.

In December 2020, the central government instructed media communications organizations to suspend the deals and reactivation new SIM cards.

The approach denied new contestants into the nation admittance to buy mobile lines as well as existing clients who need to recover their lost lines.


The government made this choice on the basis of the user registration data available in the country at the level of security challenges – banditry and kidnapping.

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Toward the close of the main quarter of 2021, the approach had smothered the telecoms business with single-digit development.

The regulatory limitations affected the tasks of telcos, posting rejections in mobile memberships and income.

The government, notwithstanding, lifted the boycott in April yet commanded the utilization of national identification numbers (NINs) for the issuance of new SIM cards.

In April 2022, the central government guided telecom organizations to bar outgoing calls on all subscriber identity module (SIM) cards not yet connected with the NIN.

Data collected indicated that all mobile networks showed an expansion in internet memberships — with the exception of 9mobile.

Further checks showed that MTN Nigeria’s internet users expanded by 1.1 million, Airtel expanded by 918,191 and Globacom expanded by 331,360 in April 2022.

9mobile, then again, dropped more than 108,000 web supporters for the period under audit — its least ever.

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