Only 172,968 access internet on CDMA networks – NCC

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Lagos – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Monday said only 172,968 out of the 2,423,746 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) active subscribers use the Internet, as at the last quarter of 2013.

The commission said that 64,229,097 subscribers browsed the internet on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) networks, while the CDMA networks were battling with 172,968 internet users.

According to the Active Internet Subscription (CDMA) Data released by the commission on Monday, there was an increase of 3,819 subscribers, who started using the internet on the various CDMA networks in December 2013.

It said that 169,149 internet users were on Multilinks, Starcomms and Visafone networks, as at the third quarter of 2013.

“From the 172,968 Internet users in the fourth quarter of 2013, Visafone recorded the highest, as its 147,399 customers were online.

“Visafone has an increase of 9,227, compared to its 138,172 internet subscribers in the third quarter.”

It said that Starcomms had 15,859 of its subscribers using the internet in the last quarter of 2013, as against its 18,562 customers in the third quarter.

It also said that there was a decrease of 2,703 subscribers that opted out of using the internet on the Starcomms network.

“Multilinks came last on the list as it covered 9,710 of its subscribers on the internet in Dec. 2013.”

The NCC said the CDMA telecommunication companies lost 2,705 internet users from the 12,415 online subscribers in the third quarter of 2013.

The subscription data revealed that from the first to the last quarters of 2013, Multilinks and Starcomms internet customers had continued to depreciate, while Visafone’s subscription had been increasing.

It said the CDMA networks in the country were in the dying state, adding that Visafone was doing everything within its powers to ensure that the network was relevant in the industry.

“From the indication above, there is the need to facilitate the robust usage of the internet by creating local contents, since data has been predicted to be the next revolution after voice.” (NAN)

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