Internet and social media disruptions in Africa over the past five years

There were 90 Internet and social media disruptions across Africa between 2017 and 2021. The year 2019 had the highest disruptions with 25 across 16 countries.

2017 - 2021
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With 12,690 new subscribers in Q4 2023, Starlink becomes Nigeria's 3rd largest internet service provider
In Q4 2023, Spectranet maintained its top position as Nigeria's biggest internet service provider with nearly 114k active subscribers, holding 43% of the market share. FiberOne followed with 10% of the market. Starlink increased its subscriber base by 113% to claim the 3rd position with 9% of the market. Here are Nigeria's top internet service providers by active subscribers in Q4 2023.

Starlink had the 4th highest active subscribers among Nigeria’s ISPs as of Q3 2023, 8 months after launch
As of the end of September 2023, Starlink Nigeria had amassed a customer base of 11,207 active subscribers, growing 66% from 6,756 in June. It placed 4th in the market after Spectranet (113,747), Tizeti Network (19,126), and ipNX Nigeria (14,871).

Starlink's average Internet speed vs Internet Service Providers in Nigeria
As of February 2023, Airtel had the fastest Internet speed of all mobile operators in Nigeria at 22.42Mbps, followed by MTN with 21.71Mbps, and Glo with 8.70Mbps. 9mobile comes last with a speed of 8.32Mbps. Airtel's speed of 22.42Mbps was about 26% of Starlink's speed.

Cost of Internet and social media shutdowns across Africa in 2021
Africa lost approximately $454 million and 2,802 hours between January and August 2021 to several forms of government-imposed social media shutdowns and Internet blackouts with Nigeria's Twitter shutdown recording the highest lost at $381.4 million.

MTN gained more than 4 million active internet subscribers in twelve months
Between September 2022 to August 2023, 3 of Nigeria's mobile Internet providers saw a combined 8 million increase in their active mobile Internet subscribers, with MTN gaining the most, followed by Globacom and Airtel. 9mobile on the other hand, recorded almost 1 million decline.

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