Glo, MTN, and Airtel gain 3.2 million Internet subscribers to mark festive period


The festive period regularly heralds a flurry of activity as Nigerians begin to go all out, basking in the holiday celebrations with relatives, friends, and colleagues in different places both offline and online.

Data obtained from the Nigerian Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS) showed annual increases in electronic payments during the festive period, and based on recent statistics it appears that Nigerian telcos also witnessed increased Internet activity.

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), for the month of December 2019, Glo gained the highest share of Internet subscribers with ~1.61 million, a clear distance from MTN and Airtel with 1.099 million, and 597,287, respectively.

Internet subscribers gained by telcos in December 2019; Source: NCC

Slightly better than its recent performances, 9mobile lost 67,680 subscribers, to end 2019 without gaining a single subscriber, while Visafone lost about 192 Internet users.

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