Officially, Nigeria has seventy-two (72) Internet Service Providers as at December 2021, TechEconomy.ng can report. This shows increased investments in the ISP space when compared to the 39 reported registered ISPs in Nigeria as at year 2020.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC’s) industry statistics, the total number of connected subscribers reached three hundred and fifty-one thousand, eight hundred and seventeen (351,817).
An Internet service provider (ISP) is an organisation that provides services for accessing, using, or participating in the Internet.
Internet service providers can be organised in various forms, such as commercial, community-owned, non-profit, or otherwise privately owned.
Internet services typically provided by ISPs can include Internet access, Internet transit, domain name registration, web hosting, Usenet service, and colocation.
An ISP typically serves as the access point or the gateway that provides a user, access to everything available on the Internet.
TechEconomy.ng Intelligence Unit’s findings show the total number of active subscribers by the ISPs increased to one hundred and ninety-eight thousand and ninety (198,090) which is thirty thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine (30,999) higher than the one hundred and sixty-seven thousand, and ninety-one (167,091) recorded as at August 2020.
The NCC’s statistics also shows the 72 top Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have a total of 1879 Points-of-Presence (PoP).
In this report by TechEconomy.ng, we listed the top 20 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with regards to the number of connected and active subscribers per individual internet service provider (ISP). The statistics are drawn from the latest industry report on the NCC website:
Spectranet leads the top 20 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria. The company was awarded a License from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in 2009 to promote Internet services across the country.
Spectranet was among the first Internet Service Providers to launch 4G LTE internet service in Nigeria and aims to be a leader in the Internet Services space.
Spectranet accounts for 249,179 out of the total 351,817 connected subscribers on ISPSs networks. This shows Spectranet added 3,340 connected subscribers in one year when compared to 245,839 it recorded in 2020.
The ISP has 119,612 active subscribers during the period under review. This shows a decrease of about 16,113 when compared to 135,725 it recorded in 2020. The point of presence reduced from 632 it had in 2020 to 629 in 2021.
In today’s digital ecosystem, telecommunication has become the foundation for businesses, governments, communities, and families to seamlessly connect and share information.
Unfortunately, access to the internet is still patchy across the African continent. Only 43% of Africa is on the internet, which is approximately 590 million of the population of 1.37 Billion.
One company really positioned to disrupt this market is Tizeti launched 7 years ago. Tizeti came on stream at the time many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are dead or dying.
The company is leveraging the large wireless capacity available with Wi-fi and plummeting cost of solar panels to create a low CAPEX/OPEX network of owned & operated towers to offer disruptive, customer-friendly pricing for unlimited internet service right across Africa.
Tizeti provides high speed broadband internet to Residences, businesses, Events, Conferences and deploys public Wi-fi Hotspot at locations across Africa.
In 2021, Tizeti recorded 21,224 connected subscribers which is less than 21,655 in recorded in 2020. However, the active subscribers increased from 11,195 in 2020 to 15,790 last year. Surprisingly, the point of presence is now 1, compared to 109 in 2020.
ipNX is one of the innovative top 20 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Nigeria. In 2021, the company launched FOS Xtreme1000, a new broadband service offering 1 Gigabit Per Second (1Gbps) speed to residential users, becoming the first player in the Nigerian market to offer such high speeds.
ipNX as one of Nigeria’s fastest growing Internet service providers serves a multitude of needs across enterprises, small businesses and residents with innovative, world-class services.
Its ability to identify, satisfy and exceed today’s market needs is a testament to over a decade of experience, commitment, drive and passion realized through highly skilled and well-seasoned professionals.
As a pioneer and a leading Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) operator in Nigeria, IPNX currently accounts for 15, 582 connected subscribers; 11,107 active subscribers with two Points of Presence.
4. Astramix Ltd
Astramix Limited is an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) firm licensed by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for Internet Service Providing.
Information about the company is very scanty on the Internet. But statistics by the Nigerian Communications Commission shows that Astramix Limited has 15,001 connected subscribers with 10,001 active subscribers across 6 Points of Presence.
5. VDT Communications
VDT is a licensed Private Network service provider specializing in the provision of Enterprise Wide Area Network (WAN) and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) link connectivity using Fiber Optic and Wireless Communication infrastructure and access networks.
As one of the top 20 Internet Service Providers VDT providers corporate organizations with leased Fiber Optic trunks to the thirty-six (36) states in Nigeria and the FCT, where they have 58 Point-Of-Presence (POP) and complement of technical support staffers. It has also launched broadband service for the mass market. VDT’s total connected subscribers increased to 9,424 in 2020 from 2,404 in 2021. The total active subscribers also increased from 1,731 to 6,814.
6. Cyberspace Network Ltd
Let’s tell you about Cyberspace as one of the leading ISPs in Nigeria. In 2014, it was deployed 4G LTE network infrastructure to bring to the customers an undeniable feel of 10x more Speed, Mobility, Security, Throughput, and Reduced Latency from anything the world had ever seen before then.
Cyberspace prides its superfast 4G LTE internet service as always been affordable, high quality and reliable. They have a variety of packages to choose from and whether you need single- or multi-user access, all of its devices are simple to use. From NCC’s statistics, Cyberspace 4G LTE has 7,930 connected subscribers; 5,710 active subscribers in 9 Points of Presence.
7. 21st Century Limited:
21st Century Technologies Limited (21CTL) is a Licensed Information Communications and Technology Services provider, fully mobilized and well positioned to build converged multi-service and efficiently managed networks nationwide.
21st Century Technologies Limited has its corporate head office at Plot 249A Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island Extension with branches nationwide.
The company has its eyes on creating a worry-free communications network that meets the customers’ IT challenges and overall business goals. 21st Century Technologies has 5,315 connected subscribers and 2,601 active subscribers. It has 3 Points of Presence.
8. Broadbased Communications
Broadbased Communications Limited has distinguished itself as one of the top 20 Internet Service Providers in Nigeria. The company is a leading operator of open access Metropolitan Fiber Optic Network covering all the major business districts in Lagos.
Consequently the company provides Fiber Optic Network connectivity for Mobile Network Operators, 4G Network Operators, all the Submarine Cable Landing Stations, all Major Internet Service Providers, all Data Centers, Nigeria Internet Exchange Point, major Global Telecom Operators, all the Banks, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, all Electronic Payment Switching and Processing companies, Oil Companies, major Corporate firms and Residential Estates in partnership with other Telecom Service Providers in each Estate.
The company also provides International Voice, Data and SMS Gateway Services, National Voice Services, Internet Services and Wholesale Value Added Services (VAS Aggregator Services).
Broadbased Communications has 3,700 connected subscribers; 3,500 active subscribers and 1 Point of Presence.
9. Cobranet Ltd
Cobranet Limited is one of the long lasting Internet Service and data providers in Nigeria. Since its launch in 2003, Cobranet provides Internet Service and Data management solution to the digital universe. The company has been consistent as one of the top 20 Internet Service Providers in the country.
As an ISP, Cobranet offers corporate internet plans for organizations and medium sized businesses over a state- of- the -art -radio network in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt as well as residential plans on a network topology which is rugged, dynamic and fully redundant with negligible downtimes.
Cobranet’s promise is to continue to provide innovative and world class solutions at the best feature-to price and service –to –price ratio to ensure that customers achieve their targets while enjoying the peace of mind of being Cobranet subscribers. It has 3268 connected subscribers of which all are active and it has 1 Point of Presence.
10. Suburban Fiber Company Limited
Suburban Fiber Company Limited entered the Nigerian telecommunications market providing intelligence, statistical analysis, consultation, networks.
The company started providing mobile phone companies with intercity and international transmission facilities, which established Suburban as an industry leader in this segment with 60% market share from 2003-06.
In less than 5 years the industry evolved to industry innovation leadership in advanced fiber technology, multimedia content distribution, and cloud platform services – a position it has been able to sustain over the last 20 years, among other achievements.
As at December 2021, Suburban Fiber Company Limited, has 3,200 connected subscribers. All the subscribers are active according to NCC statistics. The company has 3 Points of Presence.
11. Radical Technology Network Ltd
Radical Technology Network Ltd, now Coollink.ng, is one of the top internet service providers in Nigerian. Over the years, the ISP has ensured the highest levels of customer responsiveness and service quality, a trait which has earned it long-standing relationships with the subscribers and made Coollink.ng one of the most reliable ISPs in Nigeria.
The service offerings include solutions to provide customers with value-added services and support, enabling them to focus on their business instead of their network and internet connection.
In 2009 Coollink.ng was the 1st African ISP to sign up with the Ka-band satellite operator Yahsat being the first to believe in the Ka-band technology on the continent.
In 2016 Coollink.ng has been contracted by Facebook to deploy the ExpressWifi solution in Nigeria, being the 1st West African company selected by Facebook for ExpressWifi.
In 2017, the ISP was appointed Strategic Partner for the whole of West Africa by NSSLGlobal one of the World’s biggest and best satellite communications service provider. It also signed a partnership agreement with Konnect-Africa, set up by Eutelsat in 2015, to expend the Ka-band services across the continent. With 2,260 Connected Subscribers, Coollink.ng has 2,260 active subscribers across 6 Points of Presence.
12. MainOne Cable
MainOne is a household name as a broadband infrastructure in West Africa. Through its Global Internet Access (GIA) Service, MainOne provides your business with secure and direct access to the internet across the globe. The platform offers direct access to MainOne’s submarine cable system.
The network is directly peered with local and leading global Internet Exchange Points as well as Tier-1 networks. This service supports applications that require access to, and from the Internet in real-time. It enables employees and external stakeholders share information via reliable, fast and secure access to the global internet.
MainOne has achieved many feats as one of the top 20 Internet Service Providers; a topnotch broadband infrastructure company providing innovative telecoms services and network solutions across West Africa.
Since its launch in 2010, MainOne has developed a reputation for providing highly reliable services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, small to large enterprises, and educational institutions in West Africa.
MainOne also owns a data centre subsidiary, MDXi which builds and operates Tier III data centres across West Africa. MainOne has 1,569 connected subscribers and all of them are active subscribers. It has 6 Points of Presence.
13. Dotmac Technologies Ltd
Dotmac Technologies Ltd is a top Internet Service Provider in Abuja, delivering broadband internet via Fiber to the Home Technology.
The company was established in 2008, as an experienced ICT company with a wide range of services that are designed to improve and optimize the services of the clients. These include: Network services, Broadband Internet, VSAT, MPLS, Cloud services, etc.
Through its dynamic service provisioning, Dotmac Technologies proffers IT solutions and services to meet business needs which require extremely flexible solutions.
Therefore, the ability to always provide a specific solution is its greatest asset. This is done every single time by incorporating its project management skills with the knowledge and expertise of technology that has been tested and proven.
As a Gold partner of NigComSat, Dotmac is Licensed by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) with membership in the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).
Dotmac Technologies boasts of 1,413 connected subscribers; 1,149 are active subscribers across its 5 Points of Presence.
14. Hyperia Ltd
Hyperia is a member of CIS & Chagoury group of companies and one of the oldest names in the African Internet space, having achieved its license in Nigeria since 1997.
Hyperia has its Head Quarters in VI, Lagos and branch offices in several cities in Nigeria. CIS Group, a prominent name in the IT space has its presence in 42 counties in Africa.
As Nigeria’s first Internet Backbone service provider, Hyperia is dedicated to providing low cost and easy access to the Internet, using the very latest in Internet technology.
Knowing the peculiar environment in which it operates, Hyperia has put in place a dependable and secure network making use of ‘state of the art’ equipment, thereby forming a most reliable Internet Backbone, first of its kind in Nigeria. Hyperia has 1,358 connected subscribers who are also active subscribers across the 4 Points of Presence.
15. Inq. Digital Nigeria Limited
Inq. Digital’s experience in African telecommunications spans over two decades and today, it connects over 1200 of the continent’s largest and leading corporations in over 40 countries.
Inq. Digital Nigeria Limited works closely with multinationals in all sectors of African commerce – from banking and finance, oil and gas, mining and construction right through to retail and distribution , as well as tourism.
Headquartered in Mauritius, Inq. Digital were founded in 2013 as a Convergence Partners company, which is an investment management firm focused on the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector in Africa.
Through its Connect Fibre, Connect Wireless, Connect Satellite and Red Unlimited services, Inq. Digital Nigeria Limited keeps your business connected at the speed of light, ensuring your business is always on, responsive and ready to make the most of emerging opportunities.
Statistics-wise, Inq. Digital Nigeria Limited has 1,206 connected subscribers. All the subscribers are active and spread across 28 Points of Presence.
16. Internet Solutions Nigeria Ltd
Internet Solutions Nigeria Ltd. (ISN) is another Systems Integrator & Internet Service provider serving a diverse client base in various sectors in Nigeria and West Africa.
Since Inception in 1997, ISN continues to provide specialized services to organizations which include multinationals, local corporations and residential clients.
The company has 2 decades (20 years) of experience delivering high quality ICT services and solutions. Its coverage supports the PAN-Nigerian clients with the core network build backed up via multiple carriers.
ISN specializes in providing satellite, fixed and wireless, customized networks, Web design and Hosting, network infrastructure and software solutions.
With 846 connected subscribers who are active, ISN has two Points of Presence.
17. I-World Networks Ltd
I-World Networks is rapidly expanding the Next Generation Fixed Wireless Internet connection for Home & Business with Reliable, Cost effective Unlimited internet service at a peak speed of 1Gbps real internet speed.
With its Residential/SME, and Enterprise/business/institution plans you can be assured of internet service coverage to meet your connectivity needs.
I-World Networks also implements and supports various network infrastructure with security, reliability, and quality as business culture. Business and organization constantly grows, the key foundation of our solution stands on scalability, reliability, and security.
It has 847 Connected subscribers. From the number TechEconomy.ng gathered that 629 are active subscribers. I-World Networks has 1 Point of Presence.
18. BrainShare Ltd
Brainshare Technologies was incorporated to solve unquantifiable internet challenges facing teaming internet users in Nigeria.
The company said it is poised to bring in solution-packed initiatives into ICT Industry in Nigeria. Brainshare Technologies intends to achieve this initiative through creativity, state of art technology, commitment to excellence, excellence customer satisfaction and undiluted professionalism at all time.
Brainshare offers fibre internet services powered by the NINEXT and web hosting service powered by MYDOT.NG. According to NCC statistics, Brainshare Technologies has 788 connected subscribers. All the subscribers are active across its 6 Points of Presence.
19. IP Express Ltd
IP Express Limited is among the top 20 Internet Service providers in Nigeria. It specializes in network installation, support, and maintenance.
The company is committed to providing affordable high speed Internet connectivity using the best and the latest technology.
IP Express network engineers, designers, and installers are certified and licensed to install internet networks in small businesses, multi-family residences, companies and large institutions such as universities and hospitals.
The Unique Selling Points include Faster Speed, Cheaper Bandwidth Rates, More Data Bonus, Quick Survey & Installation Time, Personalized customer service and Free Trials (P.O.C). IP Express currently has 619 connected subscribers. The active subscribers are 583. It has 52 Points of Presence.
20. Dimension Data Limited
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Johannesburg, At Dimension Data has grown its footprint across the Middle East and Africa. the company is a member of the NTT Ltd. Group, one of the world’s leading technology companies.
Dimension Data has made significant investments in major undersea cables – SEACOM, EASSy, APG, SJC, SMW5, EIG, LION, SAFE, ACE, SAT3, Indocom/KDN, and WACS – providing access to over 500Gbps of international high speed bandwidth. It is one of the largest aggregator of VSAT and last mile. It boasts of 78 points of presence (PoPs) across Middle East and Africa and 4 International PoPs. It has access to 500Gbs of undersea cables and 11000 m2 of data centre space.
Dimension Data empowers companies to expand their cloud and connectivity solutions in new markets through a full portfolio of advanced, end-to-end IT infrastructure services that offer a partnership with competitive, flexible pricing and reach.
According to statistics on NCC’s website, Dimension Data has 664 connected subscribers; 610 active subscribers and 15 Points of Presence.