In­ter­net users de­clined by 600,000 in Fe­bru­ary -NCC

Daily Trust - - ITWORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola, with agency re­ports

The Global Sys­tem for Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (GSM) recorded 63,474,364 in­ter­net users in Fe­bru­ary, as against 64,079,270 users in Jan­uary, the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) has said.

Phone users that browsed the In­ter­net in the coun­try through the four GSM net­works re­duced by 604,906 in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­net Sub­scriber Data re­leased by NCC last week.

The data showed that Mo­bile Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Net­work (MTN) Nigeria, oc­cu­py­ing the first po­si­tion on its ta­ble, had 32,809,357 users in Fe­bru­ary, as against 33,327,955 users in Jan­uary, thus los­ing 518,598 users.

Also, Globa­com, oc­cu­py­ing the sec­ond po­si­tion, recorded 14,908,109 users that browsed the World Wide Web (WWW) through its net­work in Jan­uary, while it recorded 15,109,791 users in Fe­bru­ary and lost 201,682 users.

Air­tel Nigeria was placed third with 9,647, 217 users in Fe­bru­ary, as against 11,065,534 users in Jan­uary, los­ing 1, 418,317 sub­scribers.

Eti­salat, which was placed on the fourth po­si­tion, of­fered in­ter­net ser­vices to 6,109,681 users in Fe­bru­ary, as against 6,364,573 users in Jan­uary, los­ing 254,892 users.

Ex­perts at­trib­uted the re­duc­tion in num­ber of in­ter­net users to the move­ment of many sub­scribers from GSM net­works to In­ter­net Ser­vice Providers (ISPs), re­garded as the lat­est revo­lu­tion in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try.

The move­ment would help sub­scribers to re­ceive bet­ter data ser­vices, since the busi­ness of the ISPs was on data man­age­ment.

NCC re­cently auc­tioned 2.3GHz spec­trum which aimed at mak­ing broad­band in­ter­net ubiq­ui­tous in the coun­try.

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