The numbers of Internet users on mobile devices rebounded in July after suffering a decline in June, a new report from the Nigerian Communications Commission showed.
Specifically, the latest Internet subscriber data indicated that Internet users on the GSM increased to 103.67 million in July as against 102.81 million recorded in the previous month. This means Internet users increased by 866,656 in July 2018. In June, there was a loss of 347,604 Internet users on mobile devices.
A breakdown of the statistics revealed that Glo gained the most with 574,821 new Internet users, increasing its subscription in July to 27.15 million from 26.57 million in June. It also showed that 9mobile lost 218,086 Internet users in July, decreasing its subscription to 10.37 million as against June when it recorded 10.59 million.
A further analysis indicated that Airtel gained 375,724 new Internet users in July, amounting to 27.09 million users as against 26.71 million users in June. The data showed that MTN also gained 134,197 new users in July as the figure recorded was 39.07 million as against 38.94 million in June.
On the Code-division multiple access network, the number of Internet users doubled to about 66,210 in July, as against 30,309 users in June. The NCC data showed that about 35,905 new Internet users joined the Visafone network while Multilinks maintained the four subscribers that had been on its network for the past 27 months.
The statistics showed that there was a decline in the number of data subscribers on fixed lines by 48 from 10,449 in June to 10,401 in July. MTN fixed lines lost nine subscribers; 21st Century lost the highest number of subscribers, amounting to 20, while the IPNX lost 19 subscribers in July, the NCC data indicated.
The report stated that in the VoIP category, there was also a loss of 33,372 in the number of data users, from 345,603 in June to 312,231 in July.
An analysis of the statistics showed that Smile network was not responsible for the decline in subscribers as it gained 8,073 new Internet users while Ntel lost 41,445 Internet users during the period under review. The monthly statistics showed that the country lost a total of 881,586 users of mobile telephony services in the month of July.
However, Globacom and Airtel were not responsible for the loss as they gained more subscribers in the month. Glo added 214,646 subscriptions to hit 40.32 million, while Airtel gained 149,880 to record 40.04 million subscriptions in the month.
An analysis of the data indicated that MTN, which is the largest operator by number of subscribers, lost 999,891 users, amounting to 65.5 million subscriptions in July. 9Mobile shed 246,221 to record 15.6 million subscriptions in the month.