As the number of active telephone subscribers in Nigeria telecom sector rises by 2.3million as against 193.2million recorded in November 2021, MTN and Globacom lead the market with a share of 37.72% and 28.09% respectively.
For the period under review, MTN with 73.6 million subscribers continues its dominance, extending the gap with Globacom and Airtel which have 54.82 (28.09%) and 53.93 million (27.64%) subscribers respectively, while 9mobile subscribers rise to 12.79 million with a market share of 6.55%.
This is according to the updated statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The commission announced that the number of active telephone subscribers in Nigeria has increased to 195.5 million coming against the consistent drop experienced in the number of subscribers recorded in the Nigerian telecom sector.
According to the latest statistics from the regulator seen by Business Remarks, as of December 2021, the number of active subscribers hit 195,463,898 while teledensity was placed at 102.40%.
Specifically, the 200.2 million subscribers in January 2021 dropped to 196 million in February and further slid to 192.4 million in March 2021.
By April, the figure dropped further to 188.7 million and 187 million in May. By June, the figure rose slightly to 187.6 million. In July 2021, NCC statistics showed the number rose to 187.8 million and 189.3 million in August.
By the last quarter of 2021, the subscriptions saw a twist, as more SIMs became activated. By September 2021, Nigeria had 190.8 million users. It moved to 191.9 million in October and by November, operators gained over two million users to peak at
193.2 million and 195.5 million by the end of the year.
The country’s teledensity, which stood at 104.8 per cent as at the beginning of the year, dropped to 102.4 per cent by December 2021.
Teledensity is defined as the number of active telephone connections per one hundred (100) inhabitants living within an area and is expressed as a percentage figure. From March 2019, teledensity is calculated based on a population estimate of 190 million, up from 140 million.
In an exclusive interview with Business Remarks, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators in Nigeria (ALTON) Chairman, Engr Gbenga Adebayo said the reported decline in the number of subscribers is a combination of many things.
“On one hand is the SIM-NIN Integration which enables some kind of cleanup from those who need SIM cards for temporary reasons and illicit purposes. I will say we have better quality subscribers on the networks today than we had before the NIN-SIM integration. That’s one of the major advantages of this integration”, Adebayo exclusively told Business Remarks.