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Mobile Subscribers Shrink As MTN Loses One Million Users

The number of active subscribers to mobile services in Nigeria has reduced by 348 , 778 in February 2019 , latest monthly subscribers’ data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission indicated .

The statistics further showed that out of all the mobile network providers , MTN lost 1 . 09 million subscribers in the month of February while other providers gained new subscribers .

In January , the four mobile network operators had a total of 174 , 012 , 136 active users, which reduced by 0 . 2 per cent to 173 , 670 , 035 as of the end of February.

Further analysis of the data indicated that Globacom gained 400 , 879 new subscribers; Airtel added 4 , 559 new users to its network; and 9 mobile ’ s subscribers increased by 345 , 264 .

According to NCC data , MTN remains the largest mobile network provider in the country by number of subscribers , owning 37 . 83 per cent market share , it is followed by Globacom with 6 . 54 per cent market share .

Airtel is the third largest with 25 . 95 per cent market share and 9 mobile holds 9 . 65 per cent market share .

Meanwhile , the number of Internet users on mobile devices increased by 850 , 153 in February 2019 , with MTN adding the highest number of subscribers of about 607 , 462 .

A breakdown of the data showed that Globacom and 9 mobile lost 114 , 268 and 74 , 031 Internet users, respectively . Airtel on the other hand added 430 , 990 new Internet users to its network.

The Executive Vice -Chairman , NCC , Prof Umar Danbatta , recently said the growth in data subscribers was an indication of the increasing demand for reliable connectivity to drive socio - economic activities .

“As the economy of Nigeria continues to look up and with pressures from global financial markets, and its position as a major commercial centre in the West African Region , the demand for reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is enormous . Telecommunications act as an enabler to drive socio - economic growth , developments and modernisation across all sectors of the economy , ” the EVC said.

However , he noted that the lack of infrastructure as a result of multiple taxation and regulations was increasing the cost of deployment and affordability of the broadband services in the country .

As such , Danbatta said the commission was exploring the inherent opportunities in the use of High Altitude Platform Stations technologies .

He described HAPS as a viable cost -effective way to extend broadband network coverage by leveraging unmanned solar planes flying at high altitude and covering large areas .

The NCC boss said, “ Current efforts at infrastructure build -out may be improving the services of those already served but not reaching those who are still unserved or underserved . This is due to difficult terrain which makes it technically challenging and economically unfeasible to deploy the terrestrial infrastructure necessary to deploy 5 G , such as fibre and microwave backhaul technologies in suburban , rural and hard to reach areas .

“HAPS can be used to complement the ongoing rollout of fibre optic infrastructure to bridge the current connectivity gap and supplement broadband in underserved areas . HAPS can help support broadband availability and in turn , boost the country ’ s economy by ensuring increased connectivity across all business sectors . ”

Source;  https://punchng.com/mobile-subscribers-shrink-as-mtn-loses-one-million-users/

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