The number of mobile internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks has hit 97.21 million up from the 95.37 million recorded in August this year, according to figures released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The telecoms regulatory body made the disclosure in its Monthly Internet Subscriber Data for September.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the data revealed that internet users on both Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks, which are all mobile, increased by 1.84 million in September this year.
The data showed that of the 97.21 million internet users in September, 97.06 million were on GSM networks, while 151,816 users were on CDMA networks.
However, the CDMA operators lost 367 internet users, after recording 151,816 in September, against 152,183 in August this year.
According to the figure, MTN has 41.84 million subscribers browsing the internet on its network, the highest among the telecoms operators.
NCC explained that MTN recorded an increase of 423,448 internet subscribers in September, after recording 41.41 million in August.
According to the data, Globacom has 21.89 million subscribers surfing the net on its network in September. About 20.77 million surfed the internet on the network in August.
Airtel had 17.73 million internet users in September as against 17.49 million customers recorded in August.
The data showed that internet users on the Airtel network increased by 235,941 in September this year.
The NCC figure also revealed that Etisalat had 15.59 million customers who browsed the internet in September, against the 15.54 million users in August.
The data showed that those browsing the net on Etisalat’s network rose by 57,061 in the month of September.
The NCC data also revealed that the CDMA operators, Multi-Links and Visafone, had a joint total of 151,816 internet users on their networks in September.
It showed that the only two surviving CDMA networks in the country recorded a decrease of 367 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 152,183 users they recorded in August this year.
According to the data, Visafone has a decrease of 393 customers surfing the internet in September, with a total of 151,530 internet users, compared to the 151,923 users it had in the month of August.
Multi-Links had 286 internet users in September, adding 26 customers from the August record of 260 users.
The increase in the use of the internet in the month of September showed that more Nigerians were embracing data as the country moves towards achieving 30 per cent broadband penetration by 2018, as targeted in the country’s broadband plan.