Nigeria: NBS report shows growth in broadband, subscribers’ penetration
15 March 2019
The latest report from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics indicates that there are an increase in broadband penetration and the number of subscribers in the country’s telecom industry.
The report indicates that broadband penetration in Nigeria presently stands at 32.34 percent from 31 percent in December 2018 while, NBS’s data also shows that the number of active voice subscribers in the telecoms sector berthed at 172.82 million as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.
The Nigerian Communications Commission had in its 2018 last quarter data disclosed that Nigeria had attained a broadband penetration of 31.48 percent.
The disclosure was based on the 190 million population of Nigeria and 169 million connected lines, those who had access to broadband at a speed of 1.5 megabytes per second covered over 30 percent of the population as at the end of 2018.
Meanwhile, the breakdown of the telecom subscribers as obtained from NBS shows that there was an increase of about 10.79 million when compared to the 162.03 million recorded in the third quarter of last year.
The further breakdown indicates MTN remained consistent in terms of the highest number of subscribers. MTN was followed by Glo, Airtel and 9Mobile respectively.