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Telcom Subscription Crashed By 12.06 Million In 3 Months – NCC

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The Nigerian Communications Commission says number of active subscription in the telecommunications industry nosedived by about 12.06 million in the first quarter of 2021.

This was contained in recent data released by NCC.

The data revealed that the subscriber base dropped to N192.08 million in March 2021 from 204.15 million in December 2020 noting that telecommunications operators in the country recorded a loss of 3.65 million active subscribers in March 2021, compared to the previous month.

It said 4.29 million subscribers in January were lost following a drop of 4.13 million active subscribers in February adding that the number of active subscribers in Q1 of this year shows an increase of 4.61%, compared to 561.74 million subscribers recorded in the same period of last year.

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

The telecom subscriber base dropped by 1.42 million from 77.35 million in February to 75.93 million in March as
Globacom is the next 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 the year 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, jumped by 12.09 per cent in Q1 2021 from 395.76 million subscribers in Q1 2020.

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