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Nigeria’s broadband subscriptions hit 92.6 mln in Feb ~NCC

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Following a year of steady growth, Nigeria’s broadband subscriptions reached 92.6 million in February 2023, up from 92.01 million in January 2023, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The expansion also resulted in an increase in broadband penetration from 48.20 percent in January 2023 to 48.49 percent in February 2023.

Nigeria surpassed its target of 30 percent broadband penetration in December 2018, and the country has maintained steady growth in broadband penetration and subscriptions since then.

According to statistics from the NCC’s website, total broadband subscription was 78.08 million in February 2022, with broadband penetration at 40.91 percent, but in March 2022, broadband subscription increased to 80.68 million, while broadband penetration also increased to 42.24 percent.

According to data analysis, broadband subscriptions increased to 81.68 million in April 2022, while penetration increased to 42.79 percent during the same period. Then, in May 2022, Nigeria saw another increase in broadband subscriptions to 83.37 million, with a 43.67 percent increase in broadband penetration.

Further examination revealed that broadband subscriptions increased to 84.61 million, 84.92 million, 85.23 million, and 86.06 million between June 2022 and September 2022, respectively. Broadband penetration increased from June to September to 44.32 percent, 44.49 percent, 44.65 million, and 45.09 percent, respectively.

Nigeria’s broadband subscriptions increased again between October 2022 and December 2022. In October, the figure increased to 86.95 million, followed by 88.27 million in November 2022 and 90.40 million in December 2022. In the same vein, from October 2022 to December 2022, broadband penetration increased to 45.55 percent, 46.24 percent, and 47.36 percent, respectively.

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“In January 2023, broadband subscription increased again to 92.01 million, with increased broadband penetration of 48.20 percent. In February 2023, broadband subscription reached as high as 92.56 million, while broadband penetration increased to 48.49 percent, “NCC said.

Speaking on the rate of growth in broadband subscriptions and penetration, the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo attributed the rate of growth to better policy implementation by the NCC, based on the set target of 70% broadband penetration by 2025.

The Chief Executive Officer of Internet Xchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN), Mohammed Rudman attributed the increase in broadband penetration to improved data domestication within Nigeria via IXPN.

“In Nigeria, locally domesticated broadband internet traffic increased from 30% to 70% in the last seven years,” says Rudman. Nigeria is currently at level two, with at least 70% of major service providers’ internet traffic connected.

“The impact of domestication of data shows that in 2012, Nigeria was exchanging only 300 megabits per second, but in 2020, it increased to 125 gigabits per second, which amounts to saving up to $40 million annually. However, in 2023, Nigeria is currently exchanging about 400 gigabits per second, which is an increase by over 200 percent from 2020.”

The NCC statistics also showed an increase in active internet subscriptions in the past six months.

According to the statistics, in October 2022, total internet subscription was 152.7 million, which increased to 152.9 million in November 2022.

“In December 2022, the figure increased again to 154.9 million active internet users, before increasing again to 156.2 million active internet users in January 2023. In February 2023, the total number of active internet users increased again to 156.9 million. The statistics however showed that mobile internet connectivity is leading other sources of internet connectivity like Fixed Wired and Wireless connections, including connections through Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), “the NCC said.

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