Nigerian telecom companies lose 1.66 million subscribers in March, 2017

The report shows that there are over 150 million active telecommunication lines in Nigeria using the GSM, CDMA or VOIP networks.

A GSM user in Nigeria

According to statistics, all GSM operators witnessed a decline in its subscriber’s population except Globacom during the month.

The information showed GSM operators’ active customers decreased by 1,662,350 on the 153,661,547 subscribers recorded in February 2017. The disaggregation of the statistics showed MTN loss 60,391,959 users, Airtel 34,656,605 subscribers, Etisalat customers dropped by 566,408 in March 2017.

In contrary, data from Globacom showed an increase of 78,372, giving a total of 37,328,827 customers, as against 37,250,455 in February 2017.


According to a staff of Cisco Systems Inc., increase in Globacom’s active customers is due to its competitive internet data plans. Hence, a lot of smartphone users are switching to the network to take the opportunity of this low internet data cost.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) segment of the industry had 217,566 users in March 2017, a figure that has remained unchanged since January 2017. CDMA service providers, Visafone (acquired by MTN Nigeria) had 213,106 customers, while had 4,460 in the month under review.

The report also indicated that Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) networks experienced an increase in its active users to 97,935 March 2017 from 89,871 in February 2017.

The recently revitalised Ntel had 58,590 consumers subscribing to its products and services in March 2017 which indicates an improvement from its 53,586 in February 2017.


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