Active subscriptions for telecom services on the mobile networks of MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9mobile increased to 222 million by the end of 2022. This represents a growth of 14% for the year compared to the 195 million subscriptions the country had to December 2021.

This is according to the latest industry data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The data shows that growth was largely driven by MTN, which posted the biggest gain of 15.4 million subscriptions for the year. In total, the 4 GSM operators recorded a combined 27 million increase in subscriptions in 2022.

Teledensity growth: With the growth registered by the operators, the country’s teledensity, which measures the number of active telephone connections per 100 inhabitants living in an area, also went from 102.40% in December 2021 to 116.60% in December 2022. According to NCC, teledensity is calculated based on an estimated population of 190 million.

Source: CNC

How the telcos fared: NCC statistics show that MTN, which is the largest operator by number of subscribers, gained 15.4 million new subscriptions in 2022. This brought its total active customer database to 89 million out of 73.5 million. registered in December 2021.

  • Airtel added 6.1 million new subscriptions in the year under review, but the gain was not enough to displace Glo from second place in terms of number of subscriptions. The telecommunications company’s active customer database increased to 60 million by the end of 2022 from the 53.9 million it registered in December 2021.
  • Glo also posted a 5.3 million increase in subscriptions in the year to maintain its position as the second largest operator. The new network activations brought Glo’s total subscriptions to 60.3 million from 54.9 million in December 2021.
  • 9mobile posted marginal growth for the year as its subscription database increased by 63,362 to 12.8 million in December 2022.