Mobile phone proliferation drives internet cafe footfall to 0.2% – New Telegraph
Netizens said the proliferation of mobile phones has drastically reduced Internet cafe traffic, making the business less attractive to investors. According to some of the netizens, who spoke to New Telegraph, surfing the internet through their phones is cheaper than going to the internet cafe, nothing but the provision of internet services by mobile network operators has also turned many netizens away from frequenting cafes.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of Nigerians using internet cafes has fallen to 0.2% while private business subscription has increased to 7%. He predicted that the number could decline further with the rate at which subscribers, especially young people, use their mobile phones for online activities. The agency’s statistics showed that around 91% of Nigerians now use the internet at home, while only 9% use it in the office and other public places. Cyber crimes have also increased the rate of internet usage in Nigeria by young people who engage in various activities.
The report found that the country’s public libraries were the least internet-used places in Nigeria at just 0.014%, followed by public security. It is stated that many schools have not been able to set up an electronic library, which reduces the use of the Internet in the university environment, while Internet facilities are not available in many libraries public. According to the NCC subscriber matrix, the subscription of schools and research institutes is -0.2% while that of the military is 0.03%, just as that of multinationals is 0.14%, lower to that of hospitals and medical research by 0.25%.
The report, which was prepared by the NCC’s Department of Political Competition and Economic Analysis, showed that more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country are using the internet with 0.19% subscription compared to 0 .5% for the government. It was also revealed that the total number of Internet users who connected through Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the six geopolitical zones in 2021 was 294,257, an increase of 14.5% from compared to 257,085 recorded in December 2020. In the breakdown, South – West had the highest number of Internet users in December 2020 with 223,036 users indicating 76% of total subscriptions, while Center – North had 18% with 52,505 users and the Southeast 0.05%, which was the least of all regions with 166 users.
The South-South had 6% with 16,652 users, the North-West 0.3% with 866 users and the North-East 0.22% with 667 users. In 2021, the number of those using the internet on their phones has increased as they would have dominated data usage in Nigeria. As of January 2021, Nigeria had around 104 million active internet users, which is about half of the total population. In the same year, the number of online shoppers in Nigeria was around 76.7 million. The total population of Nigeria stands at 206 million and internet penetration is around 46%.
The NCC said that the largest percentage of service delivery is available in Lagos and Abuja because the population of these places is high and the demand for broadband services is also high. However, he encouraged licensees to expand their services to other locations across the country to boost the federal government’s robust, ubiquitous broadband initiative. According to the agency, the government has been working to build robust and ubiquitous broadband to foster economic growth across the country. The agency noted that the penetration of rural areas is still low despite the potentials in the areas, encouraging licensees to increase their penetration of rural areas across the country.
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