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Telecos Record Increased Subscription in January

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CEM REPORT, TELECOM | Nigeria’s teledensity has risen to 118.51% in January 2023.

This is as the number of active mobile subscriptions across the telecommunications service providers rose to 225.8 million in January 2023.

According to the latest industry data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the 4 GSM (MTN, Airtel, Glo) operators recorded a combined 3.8 million increase in subscriptions in January.


The increase represents 1.7% growth in the month when compared to the 222 million subscriptions the country had as of December 2022.

According to NCC, the teledensity is calculated based on a population estimate of 190 million jumped from 116.60%  in December 2022 to 118.51% in January 2023.

The NCC’s statistics show that MTN, which is the largest operator by subscriber number, gained 2.9 million new subscriptions in January. This brought its total active customer database to 91.9 from the 89 million it recorded in January 2022.

Airtel displaced Glo from the second position in terms of subscription number having added 497,863 new subscriptions in the month under review. The telco’s active customer database rose to 60.5 million at the end of January from the 60 million it recorded in December 2022.

Glo also recorded a 44,522 increase in subscriptions in the month bringing its total subscriptions to 60.3 million from the 60.29 million it recorded in December 2022.

9mobile recorded subscriptions increase in the month as its database grew by 178,879. This brought its total active subscriptions to 12.8 million in December 2022.

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