MTN, Airtel’s gains push Nigeria’s mobile subscriptions to 219.7m

Latest statistics from the Nigerian Communication Commissions (NCC) has revealed that Nigeria’s mobile subscriptions rose to 219.7 million in February from the 218 million recorded in January thanks to the gains recorded by MTN Nigeria and Airtel

The increase came after the operators had lost over 6 million subscriptions in January due to the implementation of the NIN-SIM directive of the NCC.

From 224.4 million in December 2023, active subscriptions across the four mobile networks had plunged to 218 million in January 2024.

A breakdown of the operators’ individual data shows that MTN, which controls the largest share of the market, gained 1.1 million new subscriptions in February. This brought its subscriptions figure to 80.9 million according to the NCC data.

Airtel also added 434,175 new subscriptions in the month under review. This pushed up its subscription database from 62.6 million in January to 63 million in February.

Although not as much as MTN and Airtel, Globacom also recorded a gain as it added 176,756 new subscriptions in the month. Globacom had 62.1 million active subscriptions in February compared with 61.9 million in the previous month.

However, 9mobile saw the red again in February as it lost 151,517 subscriptions. The telco, which had lost millions of subscribers over the years, had 13.6 million active subscriptions as of February 2024, down from 13.8 million in January.

Meanwhile, the telecom operators are expected to disconnect more lines this month, which may lead to a decline in the country’s mobile subscriptions.