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Starlink Ranks as Nigeria’s Third Largest Internet Provider in Q4 2023 – NCC Report

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By Fasuyi Tolulope

Elon Musk’s internet company, Starlink, has risen to become Nigeria’s third largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) by subscriber numbers in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2023, according to the latest data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The report indicates that Starlink’s active customer base in Nigeria increased to 23,897 in Q4 2023, marking a significant presence among the leading ISPs in the country. This represents a notable growth from the 11,207 customers reported in Q3 2023, reflecting a 113% increase quarter-on-quarter.
Spectranet and FiberOne Lead the Market
Spectranet, one of Nigeria’s oldest ISPs, retained its position as the market leader with 113,869 active customers. FiberOne followed as the second largest ISP with 27,000 active users by the end of 2023.
The NCC’s database shows that out of 245 licensed ISPs in Nigeria by the end of 2023, only 106 had active customers in Q4 2023. These 106 ISPs collectively served 262,206 active customers during the period. Despite this growth, the number remains low compared to the active internet subscriptions of the four major mobile network operators in the country, which totaled 163.8 million as of December 2023.
Growth and New Entrants in the ISP Market
The NCC’s report also noted that seven new ISPs have been licensed in 2023, bringing the total to 252.
Starlink’s Competitive Edge
Despite higher costs compared to local ISPs, Starlink has generated significant interest among Nigerian users since its official launch in January 2023. Its satellite-based service provides an alternative for people in areas with poor internet connectivity, leading many to switch from long-established local ISPs.
To attract more customers, Starlink recently announced a 45% reduction in the price of its router, cutting the cost from N800,000 to N440,000 in April 2024. However, the monthly subscription fee remains at N38,000.
Starlink had been accepting pre-orders from Nigerians since 2022, even before its official launch. Initially, the company quoted prices in dollars—$600 for the hardware and $43 for the subscription—but later switched to pricing in naira.
The NCC’s latest data underscores Starlink’s rapid growth in Nigeria’s ISP market, highlighting the increasing demand for reliable internet services across the country.

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