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).

Nigerian Communications Commission
Q3 2023
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