Lagos – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the number of internet users on the country’s telecom networks increased to 83,362,814 as at February 2015.
The regulatory body disclosed this in its Monthly Internet Subscriber Data, which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
The data revealed that there was an increase of 1,316,176 internet users on both the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks in February.
According to the data, 82,046,638 users were recorded on the networks as at January 2015.
It showed that of the 83,362,814 internet users as at February, 83,209,380 were on GSM networks, while 153,434 users were on the CDMA networks.
Also, of the 83,209,380 internet users recorded on the GSM networks in February, MTN Nigeria had 39,278,019 customers browsing the internet on its network.
It stated that MTN had an increase of 104,896 internet subscribers in February, after it recorded 39,173,123 users in the month of January 2015.
According to the data, Globacom had 18,184,587 subscribers surfing the net with its network in February, up from 17,671,405 users in January.
It said that Globacom gained a total of 513,182 additional internet users on its network.
Airtel Nigeria, it said, had 15,894,061 internet users in February, as against 14,969,924 customers recorded in January.
The data showed that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network increased by 924,137 in February.
It indicated that Etisalat had 9,852,713 of its customers browsing the internet in February, against the 10,078,388 users in January.
The data showed that those browsing the net on Etisalat’s network decreased by 225,615 in February.
The NCC data also revealed that the CDMA operators (Multi-Links and Visafone), had a joint total of 153,434 internet users on their networks in February.
It showed that the only surviving two CDMA networks in the country listed a loss of 364 internet subscribers in the month under review, from the 153,798 users they recorded in January.
According to the data, Visafone recorded a decrease of 274 customers surfing the internet in February, reducing to 152,785 compared to the 153,059 users in the month of January.
It showed that Multi-Links had 649 internet users in February, losing 90 customers from the January record of 739 users. (NAN)