Airtel Africa becomes Nigeria’s second largest mobile network as subscription hits 174.67m

The logo of telecommunications company Airtel is pictured on an umbrella and chairs set up by vendors in Abuja, Nigeria July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde - RC1810227110

Nigeria’s major telecommunications operators recorded a total of 174.67million subscribers in July, the latest monthly report on subscribers obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission has shown.

In just one month, the industry statistics showed that the telcos gained 919,025 new subscribers as the industry had recorded 173.75 million GSM users in June.

The data showed that Airtel gained the highest number of subscribers in the month under review adding 906,400 subscribers to its network to reach 46,836,395 customers.

By the addition, Airtel became the country’s second largest operator, displacing Globacom which had been at the position.

MTN added 119,821 new customers to reach 65,379,196 and Globacom gained 118,087 new subscribers in July, recording a total of 46,713,068 GSM users.

9mobile was the only operator that lost subscribers in July as 225,283 users left its network, dropping to 15,739,967 mobile users.

NCC July report indicated that MTN remained Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator with 38 per cent market share, Airtel displaced Globacom to become the country’s second largest operator at 26.8 per cent.

Globacom clinched the third spot at 26.7 per cent while 9mobile remained the fourth operator at nine per cent.

The NCC mobile Internet subscriber’s data showed that in July, the country gained a total of 389,339 new Internet users.

Airtel, which had 31,975,260 Internet subscribers in June, gained 428,012 more to record 32,403,272 in July while Globacom’s mobile Internet subscriber base increased to 29,124,366 in July from 29,022,349 in June.

MTN had 52,254,917 Internet subscribers in June but recorded 52,269,270 users by the end of July, thereby gaining 14,353 new users.

On the other hand, the data showed that 9mobile’s Internet subscribers declined from 9,039,553 in June to 8,801,580 in July, losing 238,045 mobile Internet users.

The monthly subscribers’ data also revealed that the fixed wired operators (landline) subscriber base increased by 92 only, giving a total of 109,274 users in July, as against 109,182 recorded in June.

In the Fixed Wired arena, MTN Fixed moved from having 5,375 users in July to 5,363 in August, thereby reducing by 12 users, while Glo Fixed had 2,925 users in July, adding 98 customers to the June record of 2,827.

The NCC data indicated that IpNX network moved from 2,122 subscriber base in June to 2,170 in July, gaining 48 customers.

It said that 21st Century network had 98,816 customers in July, recording a decline in users by 42 users from its June record of 98,858.

The report also showed that the two Voice over Internet Protocol networks had 172,111 active users in July, as their customers increased by 6,778 from their June subscriber base of 165,333.

Of the VOIP networks, Smile Communication had 167,555 customers, recording an increase of 6,543 users to its June customers of 161,012.

Ntel had 4,556 users subscribing to its products and services in the month of July, showing an increase of 235 users from the June record of 4,321 subscribers.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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