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Nigeria’s phone users rise to 222.6 million—NBS report

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says telephone users in Nigeria have risen to 222.6 million as of the end of 2022.

Phone-users-Nigeria Credit: The Guardian
Phone-users-Nigeria Credit: The Guardian

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says telephone users in Nigeria have risen to 222.6 million as of the end of 2022.

According to NBS, the 2022 figure showed an increase of 27.1 million subscribers over the 195.5 million subscribers recorded in 2021.

The figures were contained in its Telecoms Data: Active Voice and Internet per State, Porting and Tariff Information report for the last quarter of 2022, released on Monday.

The report showed that the figure for the last quarter of 2022 represented a 13.87 per cent rise in voice subscriptions on a year-on-year basis.

On a quarter-on-quarter basis, the report showed growth stood at 4.89 per cent.

The NBS also recorded a total of 154.9 million active internet subscribers at the end of 2022 compared to 142 million recorded at the end of 2021.

“This represents a 9.07 per cent increase in active internet subscriptions year-on-year, while on a quarter-on-quarter basis, internet subscription grew by 1.35 per cent,’’ it stated.

On state-by-state analysis, the report showed that Lagos state had the highest number of active telephone users in 2022 at 26.5 million, followed by Ogun with 13 million users.

Kano State came third with 12.4 million telephone users.

The report showed that Bayelsa had the least number of telephone users at 1.6 million subscribers, followed by Ebonyi and Ekiti with 1.9 million users and two million users, respectively.

It also showed that Lagos state had the highest number of internet users at 18.7 million subscribers, followed by Ogun with 9.2 million subscribers and Kano State with 8.5 million subscribers.

“On the other hand, Bayelsa recorded the least number of 1.1 million internet users, followed by Ebonyi and Ekiti with 1.3 million and 1.5 million subscribers, respectively,’’ it stated.

The NBS report showed that the majority of telephone users in Nigeria in 2022 were MTN subscribers. 

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