According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the country’s four largest mobile telecommunications companies – MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9Mobile – increased their subscriber base by 0.1 percent, or 195,313 in July 2021.
According to the commission’s industry statistics report, the overall number of subscribers increased to 187,470,860 in July from 187,275,547 in June 2021.
The minor gain was ascribed to the federal government’s easing of a prohibition on the sale and activation of new SIM cards in April 2021.
After months of being unable to register new SIM cards, Mr Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, removed the embargo, citing the Revised National Digital Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration as the reason.
The telecoms sector regulator said that MTN led with a total of 73,123,732 active subscribers for telephony services on each of the licensed service providers in July.
Glo, which had 51,137,799 active customers, was followed by Airtel, which had 50,301,237 active subscribers, and 9mobile, which had 12,908,092 active users.
However, broadband penetration fell to 39.8% in July 2021, down from 39.9% in June, while internet subscriptions fell to 139.7 million in July, down from 140.2 million in June.
The commission’s Internet subscription report combines mobile (GSM), fixed wired line, and Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technologies.
Mobile (GSM) dipped to 139,384,180 in July from 139,814,913 in June, while fixed-wired lines climbed to 13,946 from 12,188, and VoIP fell to 346,054 from 348,068 in June, according to an NCC study.