The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has recently revealed that there has been an addition of 2.34 million new subscribers to the country’s telecommunication networks.
MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile jointly added 2.31 million new users while the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operator, Fixed Wired/Wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operators accounted for the remainder. This brings the total number of subscribers from 241.7 million in August to 244.1 in September.
The increase has pushed the nations teledensity – the number of telephone connections for every hundred individuals living within an area – to 115.4 percent from 114 percent.
The telecommunication density marker varies depending on location from place to place.
The Commission’s report also showed active telephone lines increased from 160.8 in August to 162 million in September. Figures also showed Globacom have lost the second position to Airtel, with MTN still the leading in the internet penetration marker.
MTN leads the market with a registered 64.2 million users, taking 39.9 percent of the market share. Airtel follows it with 41.3 million subscribers, which is 25.6 percent of the market share.
In the period under review, Globacom had 40.9 million users, just 25.3 percent of the market share. Etisalat, now 9Mobile under the name Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS) has 15.4 million subscribers amounting to 9.5 percent market share.
The company recently celebrated a decade of operations in the Nigerian market. ‘We take great joy in our heritage as a truly Nigerian company renowned for innovation, customer-centricity, and youthfulness said Boye Olusanya, Chief executive officer of 9Mobile said in a statement.