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Lagos, Ogun lead as Internet customers hit 164 million

Lagos and Ogun States are propelling Nigeria’s digital progress,  the National Bureau of Statistics has acknowledged.

According to the NBS Telecoms Data report for the primary quarter of 2024, launched on Monday, Lagos State leads with 18.84 million lively web subscribers, adopted carefully by Ogun State with 9.53 million.

The report additionally highlighted vital regional disparities, with different states displaying various ranges of web adoption. Kano State, for example, recorded 9.07 million web customers.

Lagos has achieved a big milestone in its bid to reinforce digital connectivity, finishing 2,700 kilometres of fibre optic infrastructure.

According to the state’s IT chief, Tumbosun Alake, this accomplishment is a part of a broader technique to encourage telecom operators to increase broadband companies to underserved areas.

By 2027, Lagos goals so as to add 3,300 kilometres of fibre, bringing the full to six,000 kilometres.

However, that state requires a extra intensive community of 36,000 kilometres to attain complete protection, highlighting the necessity for private-sector collaboration to attain this aim.

Further, the report confirmed a 4.33 per cent enhance in web subscriptions to 164 million, whereas voice customers dropped by 3 per cent to 219 million.

“The complete variety of lively voice subscribers in Q1 2024 was 219,304,281 from the 226,161,713 reported in Q1 2023, indicating a progress charge of -3.03 per cent.

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On a quarter-on-quarter foundation, lively voice subscribers fell by 2.41 per cent.

“Also, in Q1 2024, the total number of active internet subscribers stood at 164,368,292 from 157,551,104 reported in Q1 2023, showing an increase of 4.33 per cent. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, this grew by 0.32 per cent,” it added.

According to the bureau, Lagos State led in each classes with 25.96 million lively voice subscribers and 18.84 million lively web subscribers.

It famous that MTN solidified its market lead in Q1 2024, commanding the most important share of subscriptions.

The telecom big recorded 81.8 million voice subscribers and 69.4 million web customers. Globacom adopted carefully in second place, with 62.2 million voice subscribers and 44.4 million web customers.

Airtel got here in third, with 63.4 million voice subscribers and 46.8 million web customers. 9mobile trailed behind, with 11.7 million voice subscribers and three.3 million web customers.

Meanwhile, MTN Nigeria, on Saturday, introduced the development of its West African largest knowledge centre, a facility with a 1,500-rack and Tier 4 knowledge centre throughout the nation.

The Chief Technical Officer of MTN, Mr Mohammed Rufai, stated, “We see a excessive demand available in the market, with knowledge utilization rising considerably.

“And to cater to the demand and prepare for future growth, MTN is expanding and modernising its data centre capacity.”

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