Telecom firms gain 5.15 million voice subscribers
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.”