Active voice and internet subscribers: Lagos remains Nigeria’s most connected state

by | Dec 27, 2016

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), a government agency that provides data to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussions within government and the community, has released a summary report for selected telecommunications sector services.

The report presents the total number of active voice and internet subscribers by states for Q2 and Q3 2016, data disaggregated by state.

According to the report, the number of active voice subscriptions for Q2 and Q3 stood at 149,818,906 and 153,299,535 million respectively. On the other hand, the total number of active internet subscription for Q2 and Q3 stood at 92,433,252 and 93,776,711 respectively.

If we compare the figures side by side with the report released for Q1 (which put total active voice subscriptions and active internet subscription at 148.74 million and 92.4 million respectively), we discover they aren’t so much apart.


Lagos retained number one position in active voice subscription for both Q1 and Q2, with 19,720,611 and 20,194,508 respectively, but lost ground in terms of active internet subscribers in the Q2 (slipping from 13.65% to 13.51) before rising to 13.82% in Q3.

Following at a distant second place is Ogun state with an active voice subscriber of 8,586,869 (5.74%) in Q2 and 8,869,969 (5.79%) in Q3. On the other hand, active internet subscribers for both Q2 and Q3 stood at 5,475,233 (5.92%) and 5,639,465 (6.01%) respectively.

Kano occupies third position with active voice subscriber of 8,087,585 in Q2 and 8,206,581 in Q3 and active internet subscribers of 4,392,258 in Q2 and 4,457,262 in Q3.

In fourth and fifth position are Kaduna — with 4.62% and 4.60% active voice subscribers and 4.70% and 4.54% active internet subscribers — and FCT, with 4.27% and 4.28% in active voice subscribers for Q2 and Q3 respectively and 4.65% active internet subscription for both Q2 and Q3.

Sitting somewhere close to those figures are Delta, Edo, Rivers, and Niger state, while all other states have less than 3% in active voice and internet subscription for both quarters.

Just like in Q1, Bayelsa, Ebonyi and Yobe had the smallest number of active voice and internet subscriber as of Q2 and Q3 2016.

Judging by the huge margin between the first and second position, there is really a huge work to be done to deepen mobile and internet penetration outside of Lagos.

Ifeanyi Ndiomewese
Ifeanyi Ndiomewese

Ifeanyi is a desk reporter-turned administrator. Outside of work, I love to read and travel.


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