Nigerian telephony users near 150m mark

31 Jul 2015

Nigeria ended June 2015 with a total of 148.775 million active fixed and mobile telephone subscribers, up from 143.934 million three months earlier and 139.143 million at the start of the year, according to the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). GSM mobile operators accounted for 98.5%, or 146.486 million, of the country’s total telephony user base at the end of the second quarter of 2015 (up from 136.772 million users six months earlier), followed by CDMA mobile networks with 1.4%, or 2.106 million customers (down from 2.188 million at 31 December 2014). Fixed line and CDMA fixed-wireless operators claimed just 0.1%, or 182,643, of the total telephony base, down from 183,290 at the end of 2014.

According to the NCC, the largest mobile operator by subscribers remains South Africa-based MTN by some margin, with around 62.813 million users on its GSM network at mid-2015, up 2.7% quarter-on-quarter and accounting for 42.3% of Nigeria’s total GSM and CDMA wireless subscriber base. Its nearest rival Globacom had roughly half that figure (31.256 million subscribers) at the same date, followed by Indian-owned Airtel Nigeria with 29.564 million and Etisalat Nigeria with roughly 22.852 million wireless customers at 30 June 2015. The country’s two remaining active CDMA mobile network operators Visafone and Multi-links had 2.095 million and 10,788 users, respectively.