Thursday, 8 February 2018

Telecom Operators Lose 10 million Subscribers

Nigeria’s $70 billion telecommunications industry ended year 2017 with 145 million active subscribers, after loosing 10 million customers within the period.

Subscriber statistics released yesterday by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which confirmed this, also showed that the teledensity crashed, loosing 7%.

The NCC statistics showed that MTN still controlled the market and finished the year with 36.2% market share and 51.4million subscribers. It is followed by Globacom with 37 million subscribers and 26.4% market share. Airtel now controlled 25. 3% of the market with 35.9 million subscribers. 9mobilehas 12.03% market share with 17 million subscribers.

Analysis of the statistics showed that the industry started the year with 155 million subscriptions and 110 per cent teledensity, but within the 12 months period, so many subscribers dropped their telephone lines.

Analyst also claim that increase in the usage of Over-The-Top voice applications such as Whatsapp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, among others, also impacted negatively on the adoption of mobile services from the operators.
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