Nigerians spend more money on internet, voice calls in Q1, says NBS
Nigeria’s broadband internet usage rose sharply by 8.03 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to a July report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The report showed that a total of 136.20 million subscribers were active on the internet in the first three months of the year compared with 126.078 million in the last quarter of last year.
The report also showed that the number of users of mobile phone voice calls rose 2.48 percent in the period to 189.28 million against 173.71 million in the previous quarter.
Local unit of South Africa’s telecoms firm MTN Nigeria has the highest share of voice and internet subscriptions for the period, while Airtel was second on voice call and Glo was second on internet subscriptions in the first three months of the year.
The report showed that MTN recorded 5.86 percent improvement in data subscribers, recording a total of 57.28 million subscribers up from 54.11 million in the previous quarter.
Glo, which came second added 17.06 percent increased in subscribers to hit 33.87 million users against 28.93 million in the previous quarter while increased subscribers by 6.68 percent to 36.82 million from 34.52 million.
Former Etisalat now 9mobile recorded declined in data subscribers level, down 3.79 percent to 7.76 million to 8.06 million in the previous quarter.
Part of the months in review by the NBS report fell within the period of lockdown imposed in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Many Nigerians corporates and individuals migrated their operations online to sustain their business and ensure that inflow of regular information on the pandemic.
Many telecoms firm were said to have rake in more money through the increase in patronage during the lockdown period as online Webinar and official Annual General Meetings of companies were conducted with the use of the internet in the period.
Analysts projected that the financials of many of the telecoms firms for the half-year would reflect bumper earnings in the face of the rise in usage of their services by both corporate and individuals in the period of lockdown.
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