About 1.7 million Nigerians have stopped using the internet in the last three months according to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Between September and December 2016, the figures showed a steady decline in the number of people that subscribed to internet via the four top mobile service providers.
Closing September at 93.5 million users, the downward movement began in October as it dropped to 93.1, declining by over 400,000 users. By November, the figure of internet users had dropped to 92.4 million, while the year was wrapped up with a further decline to close at 91.8 million by December 2016.
While there are a number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, reports have suggested that most Nigerians prefer the mobile networks for data subscription, especially for personal use, while the ISPs are mainly patronised by corporate organisations. It is also believed that data subscription via the mobile networks is the cheapest option.