Globalcom tops list as Nigeria’s active mobile subscriptions hit 208.6 million in July 2022


Active Subscriptions for internet across mobile, fixed and VoIP networks in the country increased to 208.6million in July this year.

Latest reports by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show that active subscriptions for telecommunications services across mobile networks of MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile rose to 208.6 million in July, moving from 206.5 million in June.

The data shows that Glo, leads all other telecommunication services with a record gain of 2.1 million subscriptions in the month, driving the increase. In total, the four GSM operators recorded a combined 2.5 million increase in subscriptions in the month under review.

In July, MTN activated 392,440 telephone lines; Airtel 90,955 and 9mobile subscriptions fell by 63,840.

According to NCC, the teledensity is calculated based on a population estimate of 190 million.

Further analysis shows that the mobile network operators gained 13.5 million new subscriptions, a departure from last year, when they lost close to 20 million subscriptions as a result of the government’s ban on new SIM registration between December 2020 and April 2021.

Also, in terms of Internet subscriptions, the quartet of MTN, Airtel, Globacom, and 9mobile pushed the numbers from 150.7 million in June to 151.4 million by July. Other platforms to access the Internet (Fixed Wired, ISP wired/wireless) added 366,271 to push the figure to 152 million.

Largely, MTN, which, on August 24 began a pilot 5G services in Nigeria with the hope of spreading commercial services to Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri by year-end, maintained its dominance of the market with 38 percent penetration and 79.4 million customers.

Globacom is next with 58.3 million users and 27.9 percent market reach. Airtel is third with 27.9 percent reach and 58.2 million users, with 9mobile in the fourth position, servicing 12.5 million users and six percent penetration.

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