Telecoms firms gain 3.73 more subscribers in Q2, MTN leads
The GSM telecommunications companies in the country gained more subscribers in the second quarter of the year as their subscribers base rose 3.73 percent to 196.04 million at the end of the second quarter of the year, the industry regulator said on Thursday.
Data obtained from the website of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) showed that total subscribers grew from 188.99 million in the first three months of the year.
Local unit of South Africa’s telecoms firm, MTN Nigeria sustained its position as market leader with a total of 78.75 million subscribers against 73.57 million subscribers at the end of the first quarter.
Globacom, the indigenous telecoms firm came second with a total of 52.57 million subscribers at the end of the first six months of the year against 51.86 million subscribers in the first three months of the year.
Also, Airtel Nigeria emerged third on the ranking with a total of 52.46 million subscribers against 51.30 million subscribers garnered in the first quarter of the year.
9Mobile, formerly Etisalat buck the trend as number of subscribers declined to 12.11 million in the period under review compared with 12.12 million subscribers in the first quarter of the year.
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Visafone stayed on the bottom of the ladder with just 137,086 subscribers in the second quarter of the year, unchanged from the same level for the previous quarter of the year.
Nigeria’s teledensity figure continues to grow as it stood at 104.41 in the second quarter from 102.81 in the first quarter of the year.
Teledensity is defined as the number of active telephone connections per one hundred (100) inhabitants living within an area and is expressed as a percentage figure.