Nigeria, the world’s most populous black country, has a large IT market, with a population of over 220 million people. The country boasts one of Africa’s most developed smartphone markets. “After a year of unprecedented market conditions, Africa’s smartphone market is showing signs of recovery from the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Arnold Ponela, a senior research analyst at IDC. “Nigeria (+36.7 percent), Egypt (+24.6 percent), and South Africa (+10.5 percent) all contributed to the region’s total growth in Q2 2021.”
Nigeria’s Tech Market
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reported that the country purchased 68.19 million Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) in just four years. In 2018, there were over 238.12 million active lines in the country. By March 2022, however, the figure had risen to 306.31 million. This is an increase of 28.64 percent. Furthermore, there is a significant increase between March 2019 and March 2020. Approximately 28.56 million SIM cards were active during this time. Between March 2018 and March 2019, the country had an increase of 12.15 million active SIM cards. Between March 2020 and March 2021, 18.71 million SIM cards were activated, while 8.77 million lines were connected between March 2021 and March 2022.
Nigerians have multiple SIMs.
On the other hand, the shutdown period increased SIM card sales in Nigeria. Nigeria. On the other hand, Nigeria has hundreds of millions of useless SIM cards. The number of inactive SIMs has increased to 107.10 million from 89.26 million, according to NCC. Furthermore, from 148.85 million active SIMs in March 2018 to 199.20 million in March 2022, the number of active SIMs increased.
It’s worth noting that the majority of Nigerians do not own a single SIM card. In fact, the average Nigerian possesses at least three SIM cards. One of the causes of this is the country’s network signal issue. A particular carrier’s signal may be strongest at home, while another may be stronger at work. Furthermore, the internet subscription plan, which is extremely expensive in Nigeria, may be less expensive with another carrier. As a result, the user has three SIM cards: one for work, one for home, and one for data.