Phone users rose to 204.87 million in September – NCC

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The total number of subscribers to Global System of Mobile Communications reached 204.87 million in September 2020, growing by 15 per cent year-on-year.

The latest monthly report on subscribers obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission indicated that in one year, the four mobile network operators gained a total of 25.97 million new subscribers.

The data showed that MTN gained the highest number of subscribers in the one year under review, adding 17.19 million new subscribers to its network to reach 82.64 million customers by September 2020.

Airtel added 6.34 million new customers to reach 55.25 million users and Globacom gained 5.04 million new subscribers in one year, recording a total of 54.25 million GSM users.

9mobile was the only operator that lost subscribers in the one year as 2.6 million mobile network users left the network, dropping to 12.73 million mobile users.

The NCC September report indicated that MTN remained Nigeria’s largest mobile network operator with 40.34 per cent market share.

Airtel remained the country’s second largest operator at 26.97 per cent while Globacom clinched the third spot at 26.48 per cent while 9mobile remained the fourth operator with a market share of 6.21 per cent.

The NCC data showed that between September 2019 and September 2020, a total of 28.27 million new Internet users joined the mobile network operators.

MTN gained the highest number of new Internet users, 12.68 million in one year, PUNCH reported.

Globacom followed closely with 9.76 million new Internet users within the same period and Airtel gained 7.11 million Internet users in one year.

9mobile lost subscribers in the one year under review as 1.19 million Internet users dumped the network.

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