Telcos lose 788,215 internet users in December 2015 – NCC

By The Citizen
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The ‎Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Wednesday disclosed that internet users on Nigeria's telecoms' networks decreased by 788,215 in December 2015.

The telecoms' regulatory body disclosed this in its Monthly Internet Subscriber Data statistics.

According to the NCC users on both Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks stood at 97,182,014 as at December 2015.

This, the Commission said was in contrast to 97,970,229 internet subscribers recorded by the operators in November, hence, decreasing by 788,215 users in December.

The data also showed that of the 97,182,014 internet users in December, 97,042,543 were on GSM networks, while 149,471 users were on the CDMA networks.

However, the GSM operators lost 791,474 internet users, after recording 97,032,543 in December, against 97,824,017 in November of 2015.

It also showed that the CDMA operators added 3,259 subscribers browsing the internet on their networks, after 149,471 customers used the internet in December, against the 146,212 recorded in November.

The data showed that MTN recorded a decrease of 948,131 internet subscribers, as it recorded 39,924,737 users in December, after recording 40,872,869 in November.

According to the data, Globacom has 25,082,066 subscribers surfing the net on its network in December, from the 24,952,559 that surfed the internet on the network in November.

It said that the figure increased by 129,507 users in the month under review.

Airtel had 16,835,952 internet users in December, as against 16,837,282 customers recorded in November, a decrease of 1,330 users.

The data showed that Etisalat had 15,189,788 customers who browsed the internet in December, against the 15,161,307 users in November.

It showed that those browsing the net on Etisalat's network rose by 28,481 in December.

On CDMA operators, the NCC disclosed that Multi-Links and Visafone, had a joint total of 149,471 internet users on their networks in December.

It showed that the only two surviving CDMA networks in the country recorded an increase of 3,259 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 146,212 users they recorded in November.

According to the data, Visafone has an increase of 3,259 customers surfing the internet in December, as it has 149,212, compared to the 145,953 users in November.

Multi-Links had 259 internet users in December, same from the November record of 259 users, according to the data. ‎