MTN, Airtel, Glo, and 9mobile lost over 8 million data subscribers between March 2021 and May 2021. The four major internet providers lost 1.27 million data subscribers in May 2021, compared to the 3.17 million they lost in April 2021 and the 3.55 million subscribers lost in March 2021.
This fact is contained in data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which said that the total number of mobile subscribers of the four major telecommunications outfits dropped from 141.41 million as of April to 140.13 million by the end of May 2021. The data subscriber base in Nigeria has been on a persistent decline since the NIN-SIM ban.
According to NCC, Airtel lost a total of 2.84 million data subscribers within the period, as its data subscribers base dropped from 38,956,026 at the beginning of March to 36,120,443 at the end of May 2021. Airtel had a total mobile subscriber base of 51.43 million as of February 2021, but had dropped to 50.03 million at the end of May 2021.
Also between March 2021 and May 2021, MTN Nigeria lost a total of 2.64 million data subscribers. At the end of May 2021, the telco giant had 60,202,402 data subscribers, down from 61,575,323 and 62,843,182 it recorded as at the end of March and February respectively.
Between March 2021 and May 2021, the telco giant lost a total of 3.3 million mobile subscribers. This represents a 4.27% reduction in data subscribers. At the end of May 2021, MTN had 74,044,687 mobile subscribers, accounting for 39.7% of the total subscriber base in the country.
Others like Globacom and 9mobile, also witnessed the drought, as they lost a total of 2.112 million and 415,905 data subscribers respectively within the same period.
A telecom expert, the decline could be attributed to a number of factors, some of which are pricing, service quality, and the presence of alternative Internet Service Providers (ISP).
“The decline in the number of data subscribers was caused largely by the high cost of internet in the country and the persistent poor quality of services rendered by the mobile firms. We should not be ignorant of the presence of other ISPs like Smile, Spectranet, among others, who at times provide better services for their subscribers compared to their GSM counterparts.”
Source: Business News Report.