In 2022, the number of Internet subscribers increased by 9.06 per cent to 154.85 million from 141.97 million subscriptions as of December 2021.
The Nigerian Communications Commission disclosed this in its newly released ‘2022 Subscriber/Network Data Annual Report.’
More people got connected to broadband services in 2022 with penetration growing to 47.36 per cent from 40.88 per cent and subscriptions increasing from 78,041,883 subscriptions in December 2021 to 90,398,960 subscriptions as of December 2022.
People made more calls in 2022 with total outgoing local and national traffic for calls hitting 204,091,441,469.16 minutes, a 17.59 per cent increase from the 173,555,413,817.69 minutes recorded in 2021.
SMS continued to be a relevant communication channel as the total number of national SMS both sent and received as of December 2022 was 25,928,704,567, a 28.82 per cent increase from the 20,126,551,822 SMS recorded in 2021.
Telecoms continue to create value for the Nigerian economy because it is the country’s communication backbone, connecting every aspect of the economy.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, recently disclosed that the telecoms sector had attracted $75.6bn worth of investments as of the end of 2021.