The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), on Monday released the Nigerian telecom sector report showing that the country recorded 154,529,780 subscriber base at the end of December 2016, representing an increase of 0.8% over the 153,299,535 level recorded in September 2015.
The report said GSM remained the most popular telecom technology type with a much larger effect on movements in total number of subscribers, accounting for 154,124,602 subscribers, an increase of 5,443,240 or 2.66%, when compared to the figure for December 2015.
A collaboration with the National Communications Commission (NCC), the report said Airtel recorded the largest quarterly increase of 4.09% from 32,775,916 to 34,116,409 subscribers, representing 22.14% share; while Etisalat suffered the largest quarterly decrease in subscriber base of 7.65% and was the only company to record a decrease in December to 20,809,889 representing 13.5% market share from 22,534,800 at the end of September.
MTN however remained the largest operator with 61,840,461 or 40.12% of subscriber base as it recorded 2.12% rise, followed by Globacom’s 37,357,843 subscribers or 24.24% after rising 1.06%.
Yearly increase in total subscriber base stood at 2.33%, “which is slightly higher than the yearly increase of 1.75% recorded in the previous quarter.
“As in the previous quarter, the increase in subscriber numbers was despite a quarterly fall in CDMA subscribers of 21.26%, which compounded previous quarterly falls leading to year on year fall of 89.87% in December, a fall surpassed only by the year on year fall of 89.88% in November.”
The report further noted a 12.54% decline in fixed wireless subscribers, compared to the previous quarter and 55.03% year on year.