The National Bureau of Statistics has released its 2015 Q1 Telecoms Data. The report covers activities in the Telecoms Sector in Nigeria for the quarter and covers areas such as Value, Contribution to GDP, GDP growth rate, Total subscribers, mobile subscribers etc.
However, one that caught our interest was the data on number of mobile internet users in the country.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, total of 86,904,705 had an Internet subscription in Nigeria with one of the four carries of Airtel, Etisalat, Globacom and MTN in May of 2015. This means that of all of the active GSM lines, 60.75% had an internet subscription.
They also confirm that from April of 2014, this ratio had been steadily increasing, from the 134,957,821 internet subscribers, or 48.77% of the GSM total in that month, there was an 11.98% point rise to the portion of subscribers by May the following year.
The majority of internet subscriptions were for MTN, with 39,520,285 or 45.48% of the total, followed by Globacom with 19,690,526 or 22.66% of the total. Airtel ranked third with 17,272,665 subscribers or 19.88% of the total, whilst Etisalat had the lowest number, with 10,421,229 or 11.99% of the total.
This data is quite instructive as it shows the massive and growing adoption of mobile as a means of getting to the internet in Nigeria.
Most analysts in the world have already recognised that the world is going mobile making a lot of online products concentrate more on having a quality mobile presence to encourage active usage.