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NCC stats: 21,440 subscribers switched telecom network as active subscribers hit 173,713,842 in March



Statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) shows that telecommunication network operators recorded 21,440 Mobile Number Portability (MNP) activities in the month of March 2019.

The regulatory body made this known in its ‘Incoming and Outgoing Porting Activities of Mobile Network Operators Report’ on its website.

Similarly, the industry regulator disclosed that the active subscribers on the telecommunications networks increased from 173,670,035 in February to 173,713,842 in March.


The Commission said in the report that 14,639 subscribers ported within the networks in February, hence an increase of 6,801 activities in March.

It said that out of the 21,440 porting activities recorded in March, 10,945 were ‘Incoming Porting Activities’, while 10,495 were ”Outgoing Porting Activities”.

The regulatory body said that in the outgoing table, 4,515 subscribers moved from Airtel Nigeria to other networks through Mobile Number Portability in March.

According to NCC, those who left Airtel increase by 3,336, as against 1,179 customers who deserted the network in February.

It said that in the month of March, 3,176 customers moved from Globacom Nigeria, showing an increase of 895 subscribers against 2,281 that left the service provider in February.

NCC said that 1,583 subscribers moved from 9mobile in the month under review, representing a decrease of 218 customers as against 1,801 who left the network in February.

It said that 1,221 customers of MTN Nigeria ported to other networks within the same period, showing a decrease of 422, when compared with 1,643 users who left in February.

In the incoming table, 9mobile led with an additional 7,297 customers joining its network in the month of March.

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MTN Nigeria came second on the gainers’ list with 1,502 subscribers; 1,444 subscribers moved to Airtel Nigeria, while Globacom Nigeria got 702 customers.

The exercise was launched on April 22, 2013 by NCC, with the aim of deepening competition in the industry.

Active subscribers:

NCC statistics also shows an addition of 43,807 active subscribers on the telecommunication networks in March 2019.

Going by the data, the active subscribers on the telecommunications networks increased from 173,670,035 in February to 173,713,842 in March.

According to the data, 173,432,863 of the 173,713,863 active users subscribe to the Global System for Mobile Communications network services.

The GSM operators’ active customers’ figure increased by 156,335 in March, after the 173,276,528 subscribers recorded in February 2019.

The report stated that out of the GSM operators, MTN had 65,034,615 users in March, showing a decrease of 531,283 from the 66,565,878 it recorded in February 2019.

Globacom’s figure increased in March by 199,186 with 46,203,703 customers, as against 46,004,517 in February.

Airtel had 45,238,335 subscribers in the month under review, which showed an increase of 262,803 users, from the 44,975,532 recorded in February.

9mobile recorded 16,838,403 customers in March, having an increase of 107,822 subscribers, against 16,730,581 in February.

Visafone, which just migrated from the Code Division Multiple Access to the GSM network had 117,807 subscribers in the month of March.

The Code Division Multiple Access operators recorded 4,460 subscribers in the month under review, indicating a decrease of 119,087 from 123,547 users in February 2019.

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