Telecom Subscribers Dropped by 11.8 million in four months

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)

The latest industry statistics from the Nigerian Communication Commission show that the number of telecommunication subscribers in the country dropped by 11.84 million in four months.

According to the recent report, the telecommunications operators in the country recorded yet another loss of 4.13 million active subscribers in February 2021as the industry recorded 195.73 million GSM users in the month.

The telecommunication companies had lost 46,648 subscribers in November, 3.38 million subscribers in December 2020 and then, a loss of 4.29 million subscribers in January 2021.

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The statistics also show that the four major telecoms service providers recorded zero porting activities, as a result of the NCC’s directive in December for the Telcos to suspend sales, registration and activation of new SIM cards which hindered porting activities.

Further breakdown of subscriber statistics showed that Airtel once again lost the highest number of subscribers in February.

MTN followed with a loss of 1.68 million subscribers. It had 79.03 million subscribers in January, but the figure fell to 77.34 million in February.

Globacom lost 415,071 subscribers, recording a total of 54.17 million subscribers as against 54.59 million users in January.

In that same February, 9mobile which had 12.80 million users in January lost 35,698 subscribers.

It is evident from the statistics that Globacom, which replaced Airtel as the second largest operator in January, retained the position with 27.68 per cent market share, while Airtel followed with 26.28 per cent market share.

MTN remained Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator with 39.52 per cent market share. 9mobile remained the fourth operator with 6.41 per cent market share.

Nigeria’s mobile Internet subscribers decreased by 2.76 million in February, with the total number of Internet users dropping to 148.13 million from 150.89 million in January.