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Nigeria's Mobile Market Hits 182.4M Subs

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Nigeria, Africa's largest mobile market by subscribers, is growing by more than 1 million additional customers per month, according to the latest figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

At the end of November 2019 there were 182.4 million subscribers in the country, giving Nigeria a mobile penetration level of more than 95%. That's up by about 13.7 million compared with the total subscriber base of 168.7 million at the end of November 2018, with an average 1.14 million subscribers added per month.

Of those 182.4 million mobile lines, almost 72 million were 3G/4G connections (deemed to be "broadband" by the NCC).

MTN, which has had some major run-ins with the authorities in Nigeria in recent times, has the most mobile customers (67.35 million), giving it a market share of almost 37%. (See Nigeria's Attorney General Gives Up on $2B MTN Tax Battle and MTN Settles $8.1B Spat with Central Bank of Nigeria.)

Source: Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Source: Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Globacom is the number two player with 51.14 million customers and a market share of 28%, followed closely by Airtel with 49.65 million customers and a market share of 27.2% at the end of last November.

Source: Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Source: Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

9mobile, which has had a tumultuous past couple of years, continues to lose customers in a growing market: It ended November 2019 with 14.16 million customers (7.8% market share), down from 15.36 million a year earlier. (See Nigeria's 9mobile Still Mired in Scandal.)

For more on the Nigerian market, see Connecting Africa Country Profile: Nigeria.)

— The staff, Connecting Africa

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