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Telcos Record 203 Million Active Subscribers in August

Data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that active subscriptions for mobile telecommunication services in Nigeria increased to 203 million in August.

The industry regulatory agency revealed that subscriptions over the mobile networks of MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile stood at 203 million as of August.

Figures from the industry’s statistics released in August shows that the country’s teledensity, which measures the number of active telephone connections per 100 inhabitants living within an area, now stood at 106.2 per cent.

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It also revealed that the telcos activated a total of 4.2 million within August, which braced up their subscription database from 198.9 million recorded in the previous month.

The report also showed that MTN remained the largest mobile operator by the number of subscriptions in the country, activating a total of 2.7 million new lines which brought its total active subscription to 83 million.

Airtel, which was the second-largest garnered 1.06 million new subscribers in the month to have a total of 54.7 million in its database.

Globacom also activated 192, 327 new subscribers, bringing its total number of subscribers to 52.9 million.

9mobile, which had consistently lost customers in the past months, recovered some in August as they gained 214,282 subscriptions in the month. Its total number of subscriptions is now at 12.3 million from 12.1 million it recorded in July.

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The total number of Nigerians connected to the internet across mobile, fixed wire and voice over internet protocol also rose significantly in August to hit 149.7 million. The report showed that telecommunications operators added 2.6 million new internet users in the month.

MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile remain the preferred choice of connectivity by many Nigerians as the mobile network operators accounted for 99.7 per cent of the internet subscriptions.

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