The number of companies providing internet services in Nigeria has risen to 190 from 151 at the start of last year.
This came as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) allowed more companies to fill the gaps in internet access in the country.
The growing number of ISPs is expected to push the country’s broadband penetration target up to 70% by 2025.
However, service provider locations show that most are still concentrated in urban areas as the digital divide between urban and rural Nigeria continues to widen. NCC’s ISP data showed that internet service providers are concentrated in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
The new service providers arrive amid complaints from old players about fierce competition with mobile network operators.
ISPs blamed the biggest carriers, especially MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile for their woes, as the operation of mobile network operators in the retail data market with cheaper prices would be the bane of ISP companies. .
Speaking on behalf of the service providers recently, the Managing Director of VDT Communications Limited, Mr. David Omoniyi, called on the government to come to the aid of the company.