By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Figures from Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show a strong increase in the number of mobile internet users on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) in January.
According to its Monthly Internet Subscriber Data, mobile internet subscribers rose from 76,324,632 in December 2014 to 81,892,840 in January 2015 – translating to 5,570,038 new users in January alone.
MTN Nigeria leads the pack with 39,173,123 subscribers, followed by Globacom at 17,671,405 subscribers, Airtel stands at 14,969,924 while Etisalat had 10,078,388 subscribers.
The data also showed that in the sick Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) segment of the industry, Multi-Links and Visafone had a joint total of 153,798 internet users on their networks in January, down from 154,324 in the last quarter of last year.