Nigeria: MTN leads market share with 39.66% – NCC

Recent data on the Nigerian Communications Commission website shows that MTN maintains leadership by market share in the telecoms sector with 39.66%; they are followed by Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile respectively.


In the just-released Subscriber/operator data, the Commission disclosed that MTN controls 74,044,687, representing 39.66 percent, while Airtel and Globacom control, 50,026,788 and 49,781,215, representing 26.80 percent and 26.66 per cent respectively. The Commission added that 9Mobile controls 12,842,775, representing 6.88 percent.


Recall that, consistent with Section 89 Subsection 3(d) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003), the Commission is mandated to monitor and report on the state of the Nigerian telecommunications industry, provide statistical analyses and identify industry trends with regard to services, tariffs, operators, technology, subscribers, issues of competition and dominance, etc. with a view to identifying areas where regulatory intervention would be needed.


From available data on the website, the sector enjoyed increased contribution to the country’s GDP recording 12.45% in the 4th quarter of 2020.


The broadband subscriptions in Nigeria at May 2021 stand at 75,569,442 representing 39.59% penetration.


The number of active subscribers for data (internet) services on each of the licensed service providers utilizing the different technologies, i.e. GSM and CDMA as at May 2021 was 140,488,490 with Mobile (GSM) accounting for 140,132,128.


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