According to the monthly subscribers’ data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Nigerian Telecom Industry witnessed a major decline in February’s subscriber base, the first since August 2018.
In January, the four mobile network operators had a total of 174,012,136 active users, which reduced by 0.2% to 173,670,035 at the end of February.
That’s a loss of nearly 400,000 subscribers, all in one month!
A further look reveals that MTN had the highest loss recorded, the company lost 1.09 million subscribers in the month of February while Globacom gained 400,879 new subscribers; Airtel added 4,559 new users to its network; and 9mobile’s subscribers increased by 345,264, which is:
Especially when you consider all that 9Mobile went through in the past months.
However, despite the decline in MTN’s subscriber base, the company still remains the largest mobile network provider in the country, owning 37.83% market share.
On the flip side, the number of Internet subscribers increased by 850,153 in February 2019, with MTN adding the highest number of subscribers of about 607,462. While Globacom and 9mobile lost 114,268 and 74,031 Internet subscribers, respectively. Airtel, on the other hand, added 430,990 new Internet subscribers to its network.
According to analysts, the decrease in the number of Telecom subscribers may not be unconnected with the clampdown on pre-registered SIM cards by the NCC,