Telcos lost 12.06 million subscribers in three months – NCC

The NCC data showed that the subscriber base dropped to N192.08 million in March 2021 from 204.15 million in December 2020

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The number of active subscribers in the telecommunications industry reduced by 12.06 million in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest data from the Nigerian Communications Commission.

The NCC data showed that the subscriber base dropped to N192.08 million in March 2021 from 204.15 million in December 2020

The NCC report shows that telecommunications operators in the country recorded a loss of 3.65 million active subscribers in March 2021, compared to the previous month.

The telcos lost 4.29 million subscribers in January, followed by a drop of 4.13 million active subscribers in February.

The number of active subscribers in Q1 2021 shows an increase of 4.61 per cent, compared to 561.74 million subscribers recorded in the same period of last year.

A further breakdown of subscriber statistics showed that MTN lost the highest number of subscribers in March 2021.

The telco’s subscriber base fell by 1.42 million from 77.35 million in February to 75.93 million in March.

Globacom followed with a loss of 1.26 million subscribers as the number of its subscribers dropped from 54.18 million in February to 52.92 million in March.

Airtel lost 1.05 million subscribers, recording a total of 50.38 million subscribers in March as against 51.43 million GSM users in February.

9mobile, which had 12.77 million users in February, added 77,494 subscribers in March with a total of 12.85 million users.

Nigeria’s mobile Internet subscribers dropped by 7.89 million in Q1 2021 from 153.87 million recorded in December 2020.

The number of Internet subscribers fell by 3.55 million in March, with the total number of Internet users dropping to 144.58 million from 148.13 million in February.

The number of active subscribers for data services, however, rose by 12.09 per cent in Q1 2021 from 395.76 million subscribers in Q1 2020.

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