According to statistics obtained from the Nigerian Communication Commission on Friday, there are more internet connections in Nigeria than the entire population of England, by far the largest of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
According to the statistics, at the end of June, a total of 57.7 million telephone subscribers had Internet subscriptions, compared to 57 million people living in England according to populations figures obtained. Of the 57.7 million subscriptions a total of 48.3 million were active subscribers. This means that just about 9.4 million Internet subscriptions were inactive.
Investigations also indicate that a total of 48.3 million telephone subscribers actively browse the Internet on their mobile phones.
These statistics also showed that Internet subscriptions through the telecommunications operators increased by 26.44% between May 31 and June 30, 2013.
At the end of May, the active mobile Internet subscription stood at 38.2 million. This means that within a period of one month (between May and June), 10.1 million active subscribers started accessing the Internet on their phones, a difference of 26.44%.
The total number of connections at the same period (end of May 2013), however, stood at 44.69 million. This indicates that in addition to the 38.2 million telephone subscribers, 6.49 million other subscribers were inactive or a total of 14.52%.
With an active subscription of 24.5 million, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited had the largest mobile Internet subscription rate at the end of June. This means that 50.72 per cent of all mobile Internet subscribers as of June 30 were connected to the MTN network.