By Oluwatobi Opusunju
Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to 98.3 million in December 2017 as against 94.8 million recorded in November, showing an increase of 3, 572,903 internet users, the country’s telecom regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has stated in its Internet Subscribers Data for December 2017 – a monthly analytics on growths and trends in the telecom industry. The new data appeared yesterday on its website.
The data showed that overall, internet users jumped to a total of 98,391,456 in December from 94, 818,553 in November.
Internet access still lacking
However, the report also indicates that about 82 million Nigerians still lack access to the internet.
According to the data, Airtel, MTN and Glo gained more internet subscribers during the month in review while 9mobile was the big loser.
The data breakdown revealed that MTN gained the most with 2,642.666, new internet users increasing its subscription in December to 36,069,597, from 33,426,931 in November.
Airtel gained 911,040 new internet users in December amounting to 23,985.203 users as against 23,074,163 users in November. Globacom also gained 87,538 new users in December as the figure recorded was 26,997,817 as against 26,910,279 in November.
9mobile, however, lost 68,341 internet users in December decreasing its subscription to 11,338.839 as against November when it recorded 11,407,180. The telco’s lost may have resulted from its current troubles over funding and ownership.