Mobile number porting activities across the four GSM networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile dropped by 55 per cent in April, statistics released by the country’s telecoms regulator has revealed. A total of 7,148 incoming porting was recorded in the compared with 16,046 recorded in the previous month of March.
The figure of subscribers moving from one network to the other in search of better quality service had been on the increase in the last year. However, the April decline is attributable to the full lockdown imposed on major cities of the country in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All the telecom operators’ stores where porting could be requested were completely shut during the month, especially in Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun State.
According to the April industry statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), 9mobile, which is the 4th operator by subscriber number benefitted the most from subscribers porting in April as 3,829 subscribers moved to the network from other operators. Airtel emerged the second largest beneficiary of the movement as 2,246 subscribers ported to its network. MTN, which controls the largest share of the market recorded 985 incoming portings during the month, while Globacom attracted 88 customers from other networks.
In terms of outgoing porting, Airtel lost more than it gained as 3,115 customers ported out of the network. Globacom also lost 1,587 subscribers to other networks, while MTN recorded 946 outgoing porting. 9mobile recorded the least outgoing subscribers as 449 ported out of its network in the period under review.