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NCC Stats: Glo tops in September as Nigeria’s active telephony subscriptions surpass 205m

By Chisom ADA



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The total number of active telephony subscriptions in Nigeria reached 205,252,058 in September 2020, according to statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

This indicates an addition of about 1.7 million subscribers during the month under review.

A breakdown of the numbers, understand that Globacom was the highest gainer of the month. The telco added 1.32 million subscribers to bring its total number of subscribers to 54.25 million.

Airtel comes in second, adding 483,851 subscribers to close the gap between itself and Globacom. By this indication, Airtel now has a total mobile subscriber base of 55.25 million.



Keeping its steady growth from June, 9mobile added another 351,610 subscribers in September to bring its total number of subscribers to 12.72 million.

Telecom giants, MTN, remains the market leader but lost a considerable number of mobile subscribers in September. The telco dropped for the first time in the last 12 months; recording 82,635,082 mobile subscribers in September, losing a net subscriber of 448,431 from the total of 83,083,913 recorded in August.

Internet subscribers reach over 151 million

The four major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) reported an increase in internet subscriber base in September. This brings the total number of internet subscribers in the country to 151,512,122.



According to the industry statistics released by MTN, Globacom was also the highest internet gainer of the month, adding 638,230 subscribers to bring its total to about 39.12 million.

Airtel followed, adding 519,257 subscribers to bring its total to 40.31 million during the month.

Despite the drop in mobile subscribers, MTN recorded growth in internet subscribers.

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The telco added 462,484 subscribers to extend its number of subscribers to 64.35 million.

9mobile continued its steady climb from June, adding just 104,473 internet subscribers to bring its total number of subscribers to 7.27 million.

Nigeria’s Broadband penetration hits 45.43%

Broadband penetration in the country is at all-time high, reaching 45.43% in September 2020. This shows an increase of 2.13% during the month.



The number of 3G and 4G subscribers also rose to 86.71 million from 82.65 million in the previous month

9mobile keeps receiving more subscribers from porting activities

9mobile has continued to regain it grounds, as it gained more from porting activities in the month of September.

The telco recorded 6,963 users joining from other operators.

Airtel comes in second with 6,506 subscribers porting into its network. MTN follows with the number of porting subscribers increasing to 5,635 during the month. Globacom remains bottom of the log with just 308 incoming porters.

On the outgoing end, Globacom leads the chart with 7,646 subscribers porting to other mobile operators.

Airtel follows with 4,491 subscribers leaving its network during the month while MTN and 9mobile lost the fewest with 3,850 and 3,003 subscribers lost respectively.

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