The number of active internet subscribers in Nigeria rose from 151.5 million in the third quarter to 154.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was disclosed in a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The NBS made this known on Thursday in Abuja in its just published “Telecoms Data: Active Voice and Internet per State, Porting and Tariff Information (Q4 2020).” The report noted that the figure represents a 1.84 per cent growth in internet subscriptions Quarter-on-Quarter.
Further, the report also said there was a -0.32 per cent decrease in active voice subscribers in Q4; from 205.2 million in Q3 to 204.6 million.
The NBS said Lagos State with 24.8 million had the highest number of subscribers in terms of active voice per state in the period under review; closely followed by Kano which had 12.6 million and Ogun 12 million. However, Bayelsa with 1.45 million subscribers and Ebonyi with 1.81 million had the least number of subscribers.
Similarly, Lagos emerged the state with the highest number of subscribers in terms of active internet per state in Q4; with 18.9 million subscribers.
Lagos was closely followed by Kano with 9.5 million and Ogun 9.08 million. On the other hand, Bayelsa with 1.09 million and Ebonyi with 1.28 million had the least number of subscribers.
The NBS added that MTN with 146.11 million subscribers had the highest share of subscriptions; for both active voice and internet. This was closely followed by Airtel with 96.92 million subscribers, Glo 94.94 million and 9Mobile 20.04 subscribers; while Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS) recorded 800,044 subscribers.
Meanwhile, a recent report by the NBS has revealed the worrisome state of unemployment in Nigeria; with one in three Nigerians said to be unemployed.