Internet: MTN loses as over 600,000 subscribers dump network

… Airtel edges out Glo

More internet subscribers are dumping MTN Nigeria for other service providers in Nigeria as the latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed.

The latest statistics seen byBlueprint shows that the leading telecom firm lost a record of 667,245 internet subscribers in just one month.

According to data obtained from the NCC, MTN’s total internet subscribers stood at 52.2 million in July 2019 while the number dropped to 51.6 million in August. It should, however, be noted that this is the second time MTN Nigeria would lose internet subscribers in about a year.

Recall that MTN also lost a whopping 178,103 internet subscribers in June as data concerns rise.

According to the NCC report, as at the end of August 2019, the total internet subscribers dropped to 122.5 million, from 122.6 million internet subscribers.

This means the total internet subscribers dropped by less than 100,000

However, despite the drop in internet subscribers, MTN remains the network with the highest subscribers with 42 per cent of the total market share.

On the other hand, Airtel Nigeria maintains a position as the internet provider with the second-largest subscribers estimated at 32.7 million or 27 per cent  of total industry subscribers.

In August, Airtel gained 350,134 internet subscribers, the only internet service subscribers that recorded a positive growth alongside Visafone with 83,482 internet subscribers.

It should be noted that 9mobile has continued to lose subscribers for the past 2 years. Hence, in August, 9mobile lost another 176,575 internet subscribers.

In terms of the total industry Market share, Airtel has finally edged out Glo from the second position in terms of overall market share. Glo had maintained the second position in terms of the total subscribers until recent times.

MTN maintains the biggest market share as competition heightens. While MTN formerly had 40 per cent of the market share, current statistics show MTN now controls 37.2 per cent estimated to 65.7 million subscribers.

According to the NCC August report, Airtel controls 27.13 per cent (47.9 million) of the total market share, Globacom with 26.76 per cent (47.2 million) market share while 9mobile market share still remains at 9 per cent (15.6 million).

Development in recent times suggest that the drop in internet subscribers in some major telecom service provider may be traceable to poor concerns over the poor internet connection. Also, Nigerians have also expressed concerns over the speed at which internet data bundles burn very quickly.

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