Nigeria Records 220.5m Active Mobile Subscriptions In July
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reported an increase of 0.4 per cent to 220.5 million in July on active subscriptions across mobile networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile.
The growth in the subscription database was buoyed by MTN, which gained 678,008 new subscriptions in the month under review.
As of June, active subscriptions across the mobile networks stood at 219.7 million, which shows that the country’s mobile subscriptions database grew by 770,889 in July.
The NCC’s statistics show that MTN, the largest operator by subscriber number, boosted the total industry database with a 678,008 increase in its subscriptions.
This brought its total active subscriptions to 85.3 million from 84.6 million it recorded in June 2023.
Also, 9mobile gained 176, 105 new subscriptions, which brought its total active connected lines to 13.7 million from 13.5 million in June. In the same vein, Globacom added 23,565 new subscriptions in the month to record 61.4 million total subscriptions.
However, Airtel, the third-largest operator by subscriber number, lost subscriptions in the month. Airtel’s database plunged by 106,789 in the month under review to 60 million.
The slight gain in July indicated that the mobile operators may have completed the disconnection of lines registered by under 18 subscribers, which led to the steady decline in subscriptions between March and June this year.