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Kanu Okoronkwo Silas
Abia State University
Political Science
200Level, Nigeria.
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
country.
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 March.
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.
https://
www.newtelegraphng.com

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