NCC: Mobile tech drives Internet cafe users down to 0.2%
The number may further decrease with the speed at which subscribers use their mobile phones
With the advent of mobile technology, the number of Nigerians using Internet cafes has fallen to 0.2%, while private business subscriptions have increased to 7%, with other users at 0.8%.
This was revealed by the statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in its Subscriber/Network Data report showing where the internet is used in Nigeria. He predicted that the number could decline further with the rate at which subscribers, especially young people, use their mobile phones for online activities.
Statistics have shown that around 91% of Nigerians now use the internet at home, while only 9% use it in the office and other public places. The activities of 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 place in Nigeria at just 0.014%, followed by public security. It is reported that many schools have not been able to set up an electronic library, resulting in low internet usage in the academic environment, while internet facilities are not provided. in many public libraries.
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%, falling below that of hospitals and medical research at 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 were 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 to the 257,085 recorded in December 2020.
In the breakdown, the Southwest had the highest number of Internet users in December 2020 with 223,036 users, indicating 76% of total subscriptions, while the North-Center had 18% with 52,505 users and the South-East 0.05%. , which was the smallest 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%. NCC said the largest percentage of service delivery is available in Lagos and Abuja because the population of these places is high and the demand