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Junior Taamas
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By Samson Akintaro

Dominant telecom operator in the country,
MTN, lost 2.09 million subscribers between
January and March this year, New Telegraph
has learnt.

The telco, which had 67.1 million active
subscribers at the end of 2018, ended March
2019 with 65 million active customers,
according to statistics released by Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC).

However, the decline in number of subscribers
could not stop the company from generating
N282 billion from voice and data services in
the first three months of the year, as revealed
in its recently released Q1 result.

As at the end of March, MTN still remained the
largest telecom operator by subscriber in the
country with 37 per cent share of the market.

The telecom industry’s data for March released
yesterday by NCC showed that total active
subscriptions across the mobile networks rose
marginally by 156,335 to reach 173.4 million
as against 173.2 million recorded in February.

While MTN lost 531,283 million active
subscriptions in the month, other GSM
operators, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile
gained more subscriptions.

Analysis of the statistics showed that Globacom
retained its second position with 46.2 million
subscriptions as it gained 199,186
subscriptions in the month.

Airtel emerged as highest gainer for the month
as it added 262,803 new users to achieve 45.2
million active subscriptions in the month.
9mobile also maintained its steady return to
subscription growth as it gained 107,822
subscriptions, which brought its total active
customers to 16.8 million.

Despite the marginal rise in the number of
active subscriptions, the country’s teledensity
declined from 124.05 per cent in February to
91 per cent.

Teledensity refers to the number of telephone
connections for every 100 individuals living
within an area and it varies widely across the

NCC noted that from March 2019, teledensity
is now being calculated based on a population
estimate of 190 million as against 140 million
being used over the years.
Meanwhile, the figure of active Internet
subscribers over the mobile networks rose by
1.2 million to hit 115.9 million by the end of

The data showed that MTN also maintained the
lead in data customers with 46.5 million users,
while Airtel came second in data subscriptions
with 31.2 million active users. Globacom had
28.4 million Internet subscriptions as at March
while 9mobile had 9.6 million.

Mtn Loses 2m Subscribers In 3 Months - Business Discussion

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