For the first time in 15 months, Nigeria’s active mobile subscriptions declined by 46,648 in November 2020. Latest industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) indicated that subscriptions across the four GSM networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile stood at 207.5 million in November, a marginal decline from 207.6 million recorded in October.
With this, the country’s teledensity, which measures the number of active telephone connections per 100 inhabitants living within an area, also declined from 108.94 per cent to 108.92 per cent in November. This is calculated based on an estimated 190 million population of the country.
According to the November data, MTN Nigeria remained the largest mobile operator by the number of subscriptions in the country. This was in spite of a 1.3 million decline in its active subscriptions, which reduced its database from 83.3 million in October to 82 million in November. Airtel as the second-largest operator added 1.01million new subscriptions in the month. This brought its total subscriptions to 57.2 million. Globacom also activated 10, 024 new lines, bringing its customer base to 55.08 million.
9mobile, which bounced back from its consistent loss of subscribers in July also sustained its gains as it added 234,938 new subscriptions in the month. This brought its total subscriptions to 13.2 million from 12.9 million it recorded in October.