Check Out the Five States With the Lowest Internet Usage
Telecommunications sector’s third quarter 2016 data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed Bayelsa, Yobe, Ebonyi, Ekiti and Zamfara the least number of Internet users in the country-with 689, 801; 752,156; 772,777; 857,690 and 861,976 users respectively.
Expectedly, Lagos ranked highest, with 12, 957, 617 Internet users. Ogun is second with 5, 639, 465; Oyo has 4, 951, 984 users; Kano has 4, 457, 262 users and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja is in the fifth position with 4, 359, 372 Internet users.
The statistics revealed that as at the period under review, there were 93, 776, 711 Internet users, but current statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as at November 2016, showed a downward review with the number falling to 92.4 million.
It showed that of the 92,446,687 million Internet users in November, 92,416,378 were on GSM networks, while 30,309 users were on CDMA networks. Also, the GSM service providers lost 759,683 Internet customers after recording 92,416,378 users in November, as against 93,176,061 it recorded in October.
The data revealed that MTN had 32,017,779 subscribers browsing the Internet on its network in the month under review.
According to the data, Globacom had 27,122,892 customers surfing the net on its network in November, revealing a decrease of 62,660 users, from the 27,185,552 that surfed the Internet on the network in October. Airtel had 19,143,700 Internet users in November, adding 311,462 customers to its October record of 18,832,238.
The data also showed that Etisalat had 14,132,007 customers who browsed the Internet in November, revealing a decrease of 561,485 users against the 14,693,492 users recorded in October.
The NCC data revealed that the CDMA operators, Multi-Links and Visafone, had a joint total of 30,309 Internet users on their networks in November, maintaining the same record of October.
User ranking is used to determine the level of Internet penetration and awareness in particular regions. The higher the ranking, the higher the awareness among users and vice-versa. The rate penetration is often dependent on the availability and quality of network services by providers as well as the literacy level of users.