Tele­com firms gain 5.15 mil­lion voice sub­scribers

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The to­tal num­ber of ac­tive voice sub­scribers in the na­tion’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try rose by 5.15 mil­lion in the third quar­ter of 2019, lat­est data ob­tained from the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics have shown.

Three of the four ma­jor tele­com com­pa­nies in the coun­try saw the num­ber of their ac­tive voice sub­scribers rise in the three-month pe­riod, with Air­tel gain­ing the most.

A to­tal of 179,176,930 sub­scribers were ac­tive on voice as against 174,024,116 in Q2 2019 and 162,032,481 in Q3 2018, ac­cord­ing to the NBS’ tele­coms data for Q3 2019.

MTN saw the num­ber of its ac­tive voice sub­scribers rise by 185,938 to 65.33 mil­lion in Q3 from 65.14 mil­lion in the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

Globa­com had 49.21 mil­lion ac­tive voice sub­scribers as of the end of Q3 2019, as it gained 2.28 mil­lion sub­scribers in the pe­riod un­der re­view.

Air­tel’s share of ac­tive voice sub­scrip­tion surged by 2.97 mil­lion to 48.91 mil­lion in Q3 from 45.92 mil­lion in Q2.

9mo­bile saw the num­ber of its ac­tive voice sub­scribers de­cline by 631,154 to 15.33 mil­lion in Q3.

Other mo­bile ser­vice providers had 393,578 ac­tive voice sub­scribers as of Q3, up from 391,724 sub­scribers in the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

The 179.17 mil­lion ac­tive voice sub­scribers in Q3 rep­re­sented 2.96 per cent in­crease in voice sub­scrip­tions quar­ter on quar­ter and 10.58 per cent year on year, the NBS said.

The bureau said a to­tal of 123,163,027 sub­scribers were ac­tive on In­ter­net as against 122,673,623 in Q2 2019 and 103,514,997 in Q3 2018.

“This rep­re­sented 0.40 per cent growth in In­ter­net sub­scrip­tions quar­ter on quar­ter and 18.98 per cent year on year,” it added.

La­gos State has the high­est num­ber of sub­scribers in terms of ac­tive voice per state in Q3 2019. It is closely fol­lowed by Ogun and Kano states re­spec­tively, while Bayelsa and ebonyi states have the least num­ber of sub­scribers, ac­cord­ing to the NBS.

It said, “Sim­i­larly, La­gos State has the high­est num­ber of sub­scribers in terms of ac­tive in­ter­net per state in Q3 2019 and closely fol­lowed by Ogun and Kano states re­spec­tively while Bayelsa and ebonyi states have the least num­ber of sub­scribers.

“MTN has the high­est share of voice sub­scrip­tion. This is closely fol­lowed by Glo, Air­tel, EMTS (9mo­bile) and oth­ers re­spec­tively. Sim­i­larly, MTN has the high­est share of in­ter­net sub­scrip­tion and fol­lowed by Air­tel, Glo, EMTS and oth­ers.”

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