As South African-based mobile operator MTN revealed their earnings and subscriber numbers for the quarter, Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that the country’s mobile subscribers have reached over 120-million.
Operator MTN is still well in the lead in terms of sheer numbers, with over 55-million of the country’s citizens on its network. The NCC released their Quarterly Summary of Telecoms Subscribers in Nigeria (Sep ’12 – Jun ’13), and showed that MTN had 7.6% growth over the quarter.
Battling for second place in the highly-connected country, Globacom managed to beat out Airtel by more than 4-million subscribers. Since September last year, Globacom and Airtel have been locked in a fierce dominance battle for the second most popular mobile operator in Nigeria.
And while Globacom ended the quarter with a 4.9% increase to over 25-million subscribers, Airtel lost 8.7% of their subscribers – ending the quarter on 21.5-million users.
The top 5 mobile operators in Nigeria are rounded out by EMTS Limited with 15.3-million subscribers for the quarter, while M‐Tel Limited managed to sustain 258,520 subscribers. The top 5 mobile operators make up 117.41-million subscribers of Nigeria’s mobile landscape of 120.36-million.
The full NCC report can be viewed here.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor