- Lagos, Ogun, Kano lead voice, internet subscribers
BY FESTUS OKOROMADU
The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that MTN Nigeria Plc remains the leading telecom service provider in terms of market share in both voice and internet subscriptions during the fourth quarter of 2022.
Figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that MTN accounts for 39.99 percent of voice services and 42.37 percent in the data provision segment.
According to the latest telecoms data report released at the weekend, Glo Nigeria emerged second largest market leader in the review period, as it accounted for 27.09 percent and 27.80 percent of voice and data market shares respectively.
Airtel Africa came third controlling 26.98 percent and 26.59 percent of the voice and data market respectively while 9mobile was beaten to fourth position with a mere 5.77 percent and 2.86 percent in voice and data market shares respectively .
The NBS report also revealed that the telecom market continues to grow as the total number of active voice subscribers in Q4 2022 grew by 13.87 percent to 222,571,568 from the 195,463,898 reported in Q4 2021, while on a quarter-on-quarter basis, the figure translated to 4.89 percent increase.
Similarly, internet subscription in Q4 2022, appreciated by 9.07 percent on an annual basis as active internet subscribers stood at 154,847,901 from 141,971,560 reported in Q4 2021. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, this grew by 1.35 percent.
Details of the actual number of active subscribers per service provider showed that MTN had 86,016,678 voice and 65,619,610 data; Glo 60,290,012 voice and 43,050,005 data; Airtel 60,065,904 voice and 41,174,942 data; 9mobile 12,852,706 voice and 4,432,816 data respectively.
On state profile analysis, Lagos state had the highest number of active voice subscribers in Q4 2022 with 26,460,867, followed by Ogun with 12,994,352 and Kano with 12,373,201. Bayelsa was the least with 1,571,692, followed by Ebonyi and Ekiti with 1,920,996 and 2,001,846 respectively.
Also, Lagos state had the highest number of active internet subscribers in Q4 2022 with 18,702,394, followed by Ogun with 9,206,614 and Kano with 8,470,131. Bayelsa again emerged the least with 1,101,002, followed by Ebonyi and Ekiti with 1,264,825 and 1,474,970 respectively.