Telecommunications active subscriptions base in Nigeria reached 199.3 million in July, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The latest NCC report was published on in its website on Monday, August 31, 2020.
This shows active mobile subscription growth by 3.04 million as the telecos – MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile – recorded 195.9 million subscribers in the preceding month.
With this, the country’s teledensity, which measures the number of active telephone connections per 100 inhabitants living within an area, also increased to 104.41 per cent. This is calculated based on an estimated 190 million population of the country.
The subscription table
The NCC’s report shows that MTN maintains its leading position as the largest mobile operator by the number of subscriptions in the country.
In the month under review, the telco activated 1.59 million new lines, which brought its total active subscriptions to 80.3 million.
Airtel overtakes Globacom
Airtel overtook Globacom to become the second-largest operator as it added 1.24 million new subscriptions in the month.
This brought its total subscriptions to 53.7 million.
Globacom also activated 167, 855 new lines, bringing its customer base to 52.7 million.
9Mobile bounces back
9mobile, which had consistently lost subscribers bounced back in July as it added 51,656 new subscriptions in the month.
This brought its total subscriptions to 12.16 million from 12.11 million it recorded in June.
While the mobile networks remained the main source of connectivity in the country, the NCC report showed that a few Nigerians are still on fixed-wired networks.
According to the NCC’s report, there were 107, 860 fixed-wired subscribers in the country as of July this year.
Analysis of operators in this segment showed that 21st Century was the main player in the fixed market as it accounted for, 96, 378, which is 89 per cent of the total subscriptions.
MTN, through its fixed-wired service ‘MTN fixed’, had 7,502 customers, while Globacom (Glo Fixed) had 2,551 fixed customers.
IpNX, the fourth player in the segment had 1,429 customers as of July.