Number of Active GSM Subscribers increase by 11.4m in seven months


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) started that telecom operators in the country recorded an increase of 11,452,223 on the industry’s subscriber base in seven months (January – July 2022).

According to a statistics released by NCC, the number of active GSM subscribers increased from 197,152,773 in January to 208,604,996 in July 2022.

The data revealed that MTN Nigeria has a subscriber base of 79.444, 831 which forms 38.08% market share, followed by Glo with 58,330,200 subscribers (27.96%), Airtel with 58,234,449 subscribers (27.92%), and 9mobile with 12,595,516 subscribers (6.04%).

Between January and February 2022, the telcos added 615,709 subscribers to the networks’ base; March witnessed an increase of 1,432,874 subscribers; April recorded 2,110,679 subscribers, in May, there was an increase of 2,902,612. In June, 1,867,071 subscribers came on board, while 2,523,275 subscribers were recorded for July.

At the operators’ level in the same period under review, MTN Nigeria, the largest operator by number of subscribers, maintained its position as it gained 4,714,093 million new subscribers, bringing its total subscription base to 79,444,831.

Glo gained 3,888,838 subscribers followed by Airtel which recorded 3,598,586, while 9mobile lost 249,294 subscribers.

While the telcos recorded significant increase in the period under review, conversely, they lost 12,392,967 subscribers between January 2021 and July of the same year.