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Telecoms | 9mobile gets biggest share of Nigeria’s porting cake

Telecoms | 9mobile gets biggest share of Nigeria’s porting cake

9mobile has recorded the biggest share of the porting cake in Nigerian telecoms market by December 2017 amid plans to sell the number four mobile phone company.

According to Monthly porting report released by Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), 9mobile led the other four telecoms operators in the mobile number portability (MNP) activities for the month of December.

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

NCC revealed that out of the total 17,458 porting activities in December , 8, 628 were ‘Incoming Porting Activities’, while 8,830 were ‘Outgoing Porting Activities’.

According to the telecoms regulator’s statistics, 9mobile recorded the highest incoming porting activity with a total of 5,177 telecoms users leaving MTN, Globacom and Airtel for the rebranded telecoms company.

MTN  had the second highest incoming porting activity with 1,538 subscriber migrations. Airtel was third on the incoming porting migration table with 1,173 telecom users while Globacom had the least incoming migration figures on the table with 740 migrations.

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A mobile phone user seen at an event in Lagos

The report showed that 9mobile also excelled on the outgoing porting migration table with only 1,447 subscribers of 9mobile leaving to other networks.

Globacom recorded the second lowest outgoing migration with 1,848 subscribers.

Airtel recorded 2,760 outgoing migrations while MTN’s outgoing subscriber migration was 2,775 making the network topping the table with the highest telecom users leaving the network.

Also Internet users in Nigeria increased marginally to 98.3 million in December 2017 as against 94.8 million recorded in November, showing an increase of 3, 572,903

Airtel, MTN and Glo gained more Internet subscribers during the month in review while 9mobile was the big loser.

The data breakdown revealed that MTN gained the most with 2,642.666, new Internet users increasing its subscription in December to 36,069,597, from 33,426,931 in November.

Airtel gained 911,040 new Internet users in December amounting to 23,985.203 users as against 23,074,163 users in November. Globacom also gained 87,538 new users in December as the figure recorded was 26,997,817 as against 26,910,279 in November.

However, 9mobile lost 68,341 Internet users in December decreasing its subscription to 11,338.839 as against November when it recorded 11,407,180.

The number of active mobile telephone lines in the country rose to 144 million in December 2017, an increase of 2,731,273 lines, from 142 million recorded in November 2017.

The active lines moved to 144,631,678 in December compared to 141,900.405 in November 2017, the telecoms regulator’s market information shows.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) sector still had a paltry 217,566 users in December same as November. This shows that many Nigerians still don’t fancy the technology.

The report said the number of fixed wired/wireless in December was 139,344 as against 137,190 in November, showing an increase of 2,154 lines.

According to NCC, the number of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) lines was 70,926 in December while in November it was 61,488, an increase of 5,977. Teledensity for December 2017 was 103.61 against 101.66 in November.


Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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