The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has disclosed that MTN Nigeria in November 2019 recorded 1.88 million data subscribers, for the second month in a row. Operators in the industry showed no signs of relenting on their efforts to outsmart each other for market share in the industry.
According to data released by NCC, MTN edged out Airtel for the first time in five months From the previous report. In a similar fashion, MTN appears to be winning the data war again, as the telecom company gained 850,285 internet subscribers in November 2019. MTN now has a total of 53.01 million subscribers compared to 52.16 million subscribers in the previous month.
The report by NCC stated that, Airtel, which had been the leading gainers’ table in recent months, recorded another drop.
Though it continues to witness additional internet subscribers on a month-on-month basis, the Telco has lost its top table rank.
In November 2019, Airtel gained 307,070 subscribers, compared to 420,031 and 444,598 internet subscribers in October and September respectively. In total, active internet subscribers for Airtel rose to 33.92 million.
In terms of market share, Airtel continues to trail MTN as the latter expands its market share. While Airtel has significantly gained subscribers this year, it has remained behind MTN in terms of total internet subscriber base.
At the end of November 2019, MTN’s total market share rose to 67.34 million subscribers from 65.87 million subscribers recorded in October. On the other hand, Airtel’s number of subscribers rose to 49.65 million from 49.08 million recorded in the previous month. Pertaining to overall market share, MTN now controls 36.93per cent, while Airtel controls 27.20 per cent. MTN is winning the data war, as 1.88 million subscribers dump Glo, 9mobile
In a complete turn of events for Globacom, 1.67 million internet subscribers dumped the network in just one month. The GSM company continues to lose internet subscribers as more people dumped the network for the third month in a row.
Globacom lost about 1.67 million internet subscribers, an increase from 370,845 and 155,118 internet subscribers lost in October and September respectively. This means the GSM company has lost a cumulative 2.19 million internet subscribers in just 3 months.
9mobile also failed to attract new subscribers in the month under review, maintaining its steady decline. In November alone, 210,374 internet subscribers dumped the GSM company, a rise from 122,711 internet subscribers in October and 156,065 recorded in September.
Overall, Globacom now has 27.3 million subscribers, while 9mobile has 8.13 million internet subscribers.