Nigeria’s telecoms subscribers increase by 495,000 to 153 million – NCC

10 Nov 2016
Financial Nigeria


GSM subscribers stood at 152.84 million in September.

Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission

The Nigerian Communications Commission has reported that the country’s total active telecoms subscribers grew by 495,426 users to reach 153.27 million users in September, compared with 152.78 million users recorded in the previous month.

According to its monthly subscriber/operator data released today, the NCC said GSM subscribers accounted for the growth in total active subscribers during the month under review. GSM subscribers grew by 551,677 users to reach 152.84 million in September compared with 152.29 million recorded a month earlier.

Airtel added the highest number of GSM subscribers in September, growing by 400,847 users to reach 32.78 million users. Globacom added 215,700 users to reach 36.97 million, while MTN, the country’s largest operator, remained flat at 60.56 million users. Etisalat recorded a reduction in subscribers by 64,870 to reach 22.53 million users.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators saw their subscriber base fall by 52,789 users to reach 276,304 active users in September. Between the two surviving CDMA operators, Visafone lost 52,789 users to reach 271,844 users while Multi-Links remained flat at 4,460 users.

The subscriber base of Fixed Wireless operators (landline) dropped by 4,072 users in September to 30,716 users. Visafone lost 4,072 users to reach 30,288 while Multi-Links remained flat at 428 users.

Total Fixed Wired (landline) subscribers increased by 610 in September to reach 127,564 users. Among Fixed Wired operators, MTN Fixed added five users to reach 8,591 while Glo Fixed added 677 users to reach 12,503 users. IpNX added 78 users and 21st Century added 10 users to reach 2,665 users and 103,887 users, respectively.

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