Active Mobile Subscribers Drops To 173.6 Million

Active Mobile Subscribers Drops To 173.6 Million

MTN Nigeria

The latest data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of active subscribers to mobile services in Nigeria has reduced by 348,778 in February 2019.

The statistics further disclosed that out of all the mobile network providers, MTN lost 1.09 million subscribers in the month of February while other providers gained new subscribers.

In January, the four mobile network operators had a total of 174,012,136 active users, which reduced by 0.2 per cent to 173,670,035 as of the end of February.

Further analysis of the data indicated that Globacom gained 400,879 new subscribers; Airtel added 4,559 new users to its network; and 9mobile’s subscribers increased by 345,264.

According to NCC data, MTN remains the largest mobile network provider in the country by number of subscribers, owning 37.83 per cent market share, it is followed by Globacom with 26.54 per cent market share.

Airtel is the third largest with 25.95 per cent market share and 9mobile holds 9.65 per cent market share.

Meanwhile, the number of Internet users on mobile devices increased by 850,153 in February 2019, with MTN adding the highest number of subscribers of about 607,462.

A breakdown of the data showed that Globacom and 9mobile lost 114,268 and 74,031 Internet users, respectively. Airtel on the other hand added 430,990 new Internet users to its network.


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a true and true Chelsea FC fan.

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