TELECOMS: MTN, 9MOBILE Maintain Lead In Market Share, Porting

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MTN has again lead the market share of the active subscribers for telephony services among the four major GSM operators in Nigeria with 37.20 percent while 9mobile still leads the porting trend in the telecommunications sector in Nigeria with over 7000 subscribers moved from other networks to its network (incoming porting) more than 6000 that moved in the last statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC in August 28, 2019.

According to the latest statistics by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC as of October 10, 2019, Airtel got second place in the market share with 27.13 percent, Globacom, third on the list with 26.76 percent and 9 mobile fourth with 9 percent.

For porting, MTN still maintains its second position with 1, 714 less 2,150 in May, Airtel, the third position with 1, 435 to come up the table than Globacom which was third but now fourth with 575 subscribers who ported to its network.

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

This section describes 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.

On outgoing porting, Airtel has the highest subscribers leaving the network with 4,669, followed by Globacom with 3,201, MTN 1, 687 while 9 mobile has the lowest with 1,477.

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

It should be noted 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.

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.

It should, however, be noted that the percentage contribution of telecoms industry to GDP increased from 10.11 percent as reported by NCC in the last statistics to 11.39 percent in the current statistics.

This section describes the percentage contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria by the telecommunications industry.

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