… 913,733 GSM users dump 9mobile network, as internet user declines
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled the total number of subscribers in the month of February, says the total number of subscribers increased to 187.15 million in 2020, compared to 173.28 million year-on-year.
The latest monthly subscribers obtained from the NCC website, showed that Internet users increased to 131,647,895 in February this year, compared to 114,725,357 in February 2019, by 15 per cent.
The data showed that the telcos gained 1.4 million new subscribers in one month as the industry had recorded 185.74 million GSM users in January.
MTN gained the highest number of subscribers in the period under review, adding 1.78 million subscribers to its network to reach 72.47 million customers while Airtel added 490,389 new customers to reach 50.49 million users.
Globacom gained 48,798 new subscribers in February, recording a total of 51.8 million GSM users while 9mobile was the only operator that lost subscribers in February as 913,733 GSM users left its network, dropping to 12.24 million mobile phone users.
The report indicated that MTN remained Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator with 38.73 per cent market share and Globacom is still the country’s second-largest operator at 27.68 per cent.
Airtel earned the third spot at 26.98 per cent while 9mobile remained the fourth operator at 6.54 per cent market share.
Furthermore, MTN’s mobile Internet subscriber base increased to 56.49 million in February from 55.53 million in June, adding 960,814 new users to its network while Airtel had 35.5 million Internet subscribers in January but recorded 36.17 million users by the end of February, thereby gaining 670,474 new users.
Report showed that 9mobile’s Internet subscribers declined from 8.04 million in January to 7.94 million in February, losing 96,220 mobile Internet users in one month.