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Nigeria’s telecom data users drop 3.3% in Q2

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Nigeria’s active data subscriber base fell by 3.3 percent at the end of first half of the year with the telecom firms losing about 4.76 million users during the period, this according to the latest data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The latest industry review of telecom companies’ performance for the second quarter, showed that the industry is dominated by four major telcos, MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile.

Total internet service subscriber base from the four major operators decreased three months consecutively, ending the second quarter with 139.81 million, against the 144.58 it ended Q1 with  and 1.5 percent year-on-year.

The data also showed that about 3.52 million data subscribers ported from MTN and Airtel in the second quarter of 2021 between April to June.

A breakdown of the telecoms data users’ performance for the second quarter indicated that MTN Nigeria was the highest loser during the second quarter of 2021, losing 1.98 millionsubscribers, as its subscriber base declined for three months consecutive, to end June with 59.59 million users, against the 61.57 million it started April with.

The operator recorded its largest loss during the period under review, as 1.12 million customers stopped using the network’s service, in May; the loss dropped to 243,203 subscribers, and 607,511 was wiped off in June.

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Airtel Nigeria lost about 1.54 million users between April to June this year, pushing the firm further away from its closest rival Globacom.

It recorded 36.23 million data subscribers in June, which fell from 37.77 million, which it recorded in April, as 115,462 internet users were lost in the former, and 751,457 gained in the latter, however, it lost 906,669 in May.

Globacom on its part lost 932,250 data subscribers in the entire second quarter in review, as subscribers dropped from April’s opener of 38.80 million users to 37.87 million customers at the end of June.

According to the report, Globacom lost 1.09 million data users in April, and lost 118,730 subscribers in May before gaining 283,766 customers in June this year.

The company recorded the lowest loss based on the size of its total subscriber, which ended at 6.10 million in June, failing to surpass the 6.14 million it started Q2 with.

Similarly, 9mobile lost a total of 310,767 subscribers within the three months period under review, as April, May and June accounted for 195,241, 6,594, 108,932 data users losses respectively.

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