A statistics revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the South East region of Nigeria, which comprises of five state of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo has recorded the lowest Internet usage in the last quarter of 2021, with 13.7 million users.

This is coming even as over nine million people in the country have lost access to the Internet as at the year 2021.

The data, which was released late february, showed that in the last quarter of 2021, South West region had the most online users, with over 41 million persons using the internet. While the North Central followed the South West with about with 27 million online users.

 North West states despite banditry and insurgency in the area still had 25.4 million users and following the North West is South South with 20.8 million Internet users; North East had 13.8 million.

Meanwhile on the various performances as regards the service providers, in the North East, MTN had 6.27 million users, Glo 2 million; Airtel 5.2 million and 9mobile 240, 787 users, while in the North West, MTN led the table with 11.8 million subscribers, followed by Airtel with 7.6 million. Globacom is third with five million users and 9mobile 854,698 subscribers.

In the North Central, MTN maintained the lead with 9.7 million users, while Globacom is closely following MTN with about 9.6 million, Airtel is third with 6.1 million and 9mobile 1.11 million customers. In the South West, MTN serviced 15.7 million customers; Globacom users were 13.2 million; Airtel 10.4 million and 9mobile 2.19 million.

In the South South, MTN had 8.3 million users; Globacom 6.7 million; Airtel 4.9 million and 9mobile 750,664. For the South East, MTN subscribers were 6.93 million, Airtel was second with 3.2 million customers; Globacom 2.9 million and Airtel 596,752 users.

Howevevr, as regards, voice calls  the statistics revealed that Lagos State had the highest number of active voice subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2021, followed by Kano and Ogun States. Bayelsa and Ebonyi States had the least number of subscribers, according to the NBS.

Telecoms figures for Q2 2021 showed that a total of 187,611,501 subscribers were active on voice as against 196,242,456 in Q2 2020. This represents a 4.4 per cent decrease in voice subscriptions Year-on-Year. Quarter-on-Quarter growth was -2.50 per cent.

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