MTN Heavy Loss: 1.3 million Subscribers Gone In One Month


MTN Heavy Loss: 1.3 million Subscribers Gone In One Month

Lagos, Nigeria Business News 26th September, 2018: Largest telecommunications operator in Nigeria, MTN, lost 1,382,649 subscribers in the month of August, according to New Telegraph reports.

Monthly industry statics released yesterday by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), however, showed that the telco still maintained the lead with 40 per cent market share and 64,106,166 subscriptions despite the loss.

MTN’s huge loss brought down the total active mobile subscriptions in the country to 160,520,993 from 161,425,760 recorded in July.

However, Airtel gained 459,759 subscribers in the month to overtake Globacom as the second largest operator with 40,508,087 subscribers, while Globacom also added 172,264 to record 40,495,418 subscriptions.

9Mobile, on the other hand, lost 154,141 subscribers, which brought its subscriptions to 15,411,322.

In the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) segment, the communications regulatory body added that active mobile lines in August was 119,008 as against 125,444 recorded in July, a decrease of 6,436.

The report said the number of fixed wired/wireless for active mobile lines in August was 140,806 compared with its July figure of 140,582 lines, recording an increase of 224.

According to NCC, the number of Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was 105,678 in August compared with 101,131 recorded in July, representing an increase of 4,547.

The NCC report also revealed that Teledensity reduced by 0.65 in August to 114.92 as against 115.57 in July.

Teledensity is the number of telephone connections for every 100 individuals living within an area and it varies widely across the country.

NCC also said that the number of connected lines in August stood at 240,432,680 million as against 238,219,577 million in July, showing an increase of 2,213,103 million.

Meanwhile, the number of mobile Internet users increased marginally to 104.6 million from the 103,671,778 in July, showing an increase of 956,564.

According to the NCC data, Airtel, MTN and Globacom gained more Internet subscribers during the month under review, while 9Mobile was the only loser.

Further analysis of the data showed that Airtel gained the more with 421,467 new Internet users in August increasing its subscription to 27,508,240 as against 27,086,773 in July.

It further showed that MTN was second, gaining 387,972 new users in the month under review, increasing its subscription to 39,459,642 in August as against 39,071,670 in July.

Globacom was the third gainer with 272,692 new Internet users, increasing its subscription in August to 27,418,767 from 27,146,075 recorded in July.

Again, 9Mobile was on the losing side as it lost 125,567 Internet users in August decreasing its subscription to 10,241,693 as against 10,367,260 recorded in July.

Source: New Telegraph

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