Nigerian Mobile Operators Add 10 Million Lines In First 11 Months, Globacom Gains Most


Nigerian mobile network operators activated a total of 10 million lines between January and November 2019, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), reports Communications Week. The new lines brought the number of active subscriptions at MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile to 182.4 million, from 172.4 million recorded at the end of 2018.

Analysis of the data shows that Globacom gained the largest number of new subscriptions during the period. According to NCC, Glo added 5.8 million subscriptions in the period, pushing its active subscriber base to 51.1 million. Airtel recorded 5.4 million new subscriptions, reaching 49.6 million. MTN remained the largest network by subscriber base with 67.3 million subscriptions after activating 215,849 new lines within the period.

9mobile suffered a 1.7 million decrease in subscriptions, which brought its customer base to 14.1 million from 15.9 million at the end of 2018. The 182.4 million active subscriptions would mean that almost every Nigerian now has a mobile line. Based on this, the NCC put Nigeria’s teledensity at 95.71 percent.