NCC’s Latest Ratings: MTN Leads Others In Market Share, Porting

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MTN has continued to lead the market share of active subscribers for telephony services among the four major GSM operators in the country.

According to the statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), MTN again lead others as at May, 2019 with 37.38 percent as against 37.33 percent in April, 2019.

MTN was followed by Globacom with 26.80 percent in May as against 26.75 percent in April, 2019 before Airtel with 26.32 percent as against 26.20 percent in previous month in 2019. 9mobile however dropped from 9. 64% in April to 9.44 % in May 2019.

It should be noted that in 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.

In view of this, the Commission regularly conducts studies and surveys and produces reports on the telecommunications industry, and telecommunications operators are obligated, under the terms of the licenses, to provide the NCC with such data on a regular basis for analytical review and publishing which is always on the Commission’s website and updated regularly.

On porting, MTN leads the table in terms of incoming porting with 3,018 subscribers while 9mobile was second with 6,691, Globacom 767 and Airtel had 305.

Incoming (Inward) Porting means the number of numbers ported from another service provider’s network into a service provider’s own network.

For outgoing porting, Globacom led the list with 3,013 subscribers, followed by 9 mobile with 1,892, MTN 942 and Airtel 5.

Outgoing (Outward) Porting means the number of numbers ported to another service provider’s network from a service provider’s own network.

Porting activities is the monthly porting trend in the telecommunications sector per mobile operator and refers to the number of transactions whereby a mobile number is transferred from one service provider to another on the request of a subscriber who wishes to change service provider while keeping the same telephone number.

Also, for internet subscriber data which contains information on the number of active subscribers for data (internet) services on each of the licensed GSM providers, MTN  leads with 52, 433,020 subscribers,  Airtel with 31, 932,750, Globacom with 28, 825,533 and 9 mobile with 9,350,477.

However, according to the statistics also, Broad Band Penetration decreased from 64, 332, 974 (33.70%) to 63, 244.609 (33.13%) but teledensity, increases from 173,641,060 (90.97%) to 173,672,333 (90.98%). 

This section contains according to the statistics is the sum total of all active telephony subscribers and teledensity as calculated on monthly and annual basis. 

Teledensity is the number of active telephone connections per one hundred (100) inhabitants living within an area and is expressed as a percentage figure.


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