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Consistent with Section 89 Subsection 3(c) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003), the Commission is mandated to monitor and report on the state of the Nigerian telecommunications industry, provide statistical analyses and identify industry trends with regard to services, tariffs, operators, technology, subscribers, issues of competition and dominance, etc. with a view to identifying areas where regulatory intervention would be needed;

In view of this, the Commission regularly conducts studies and surveys and produces reports on the telecommunications industry, and telecommunications operators are obligated, under the terms of the licenses, to provide the NCC with such data on a regular basis for analytical review and publishing.

Please click the links below to view the latest Nigerian telecommunications industry data as gathered from regular studies, surveys and reports, conducted and collected by the Nigerian Communications Commission.

Subscriber / Teledensity

This section contains the sum total of all active telephony subscribers and teledensity as calculated on monthly and annual basis. Teledensity is defined as the number of active telephone connections per one hundred (100) inhabitants living within an area and is expressed as a percentage figure.

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Monthly

  Aug'17 Jul'17 Jun'17 May'17 Apr'17 Mar'17 Feb'17 Jan'17 Dec'16 Nov'16 Oct'16 Sep'16 Aug'16 Jul'16 Jun'16 May'16 Apr'16 Mar'16 Feb'16 Jan'16 Dec'15 Nov'15 Oct'15 Sep'15 Aug'15 Jul'15 Jun'15 May'15 Apr'15 Mar'15 Feb'15 Jan'15 Dec'14 Nov'14 Oct'14 Sep'14 Aug'14 Jul'14 Jun'14 May'14 Apr'14 Mar'14 Feb'14 Jan'14 Dec'13 Nov'13 Oct'13 Sep'13 Aug'13 Jul'13 Jun'13 May'13 Apr'13 Mar'13 Feb'13 Jan'13 Dec'12 Nov'12 Oct'12 Sep'12 Aug'12 Jul'12 Jun'12 May'12
No.of Subscribers 139444227 139144705 143064490 145350702 149249510 152467198 154120484 155113547 154529780 153949450 153514107 153299535 152800848 150262066 149818906 148848158 147568310 148745464 148620359 151357769 151017244 152123172 152003124 150660631 151018624 150741005 148775410 146561744 145476326 143934208 142589775 140822483 139143610 136637853 135618994 134507196 133282003 132186840 132780703 131182520 129391392 127097196 128264572 127960580 127606629 123740224 121888014 121271218 112662439 114760406 120362218 120748754 119356665 117281669 116601637 114492384 113195951 110348131 109499882 107367095 105239815 103425458 102369999 101814533
Teledensity(%) 99.60 99.39 102.19 103.82 106.61 108.91 110.09 110.80 110.38 109.96 109.65 109.51 109.14 107.33 107.01 106.32 105.41 106.25 106.16 108.11 107.87 107.66 107.57 107.61 107.87 107.67 106.27 104.69 103.91 102.81 101.85 100.59 99.39 97.6 96.87 96.08 95.2 94.42 94.84 93.7 92.24 90.78 91.62 91.4 91.15 88.39 87.06 86.62 80.47 81.97 85.97 86.25 85.25 83.77 83.29 81.78 80.85 78.82 78.21 76.69 75.17 73.88 73.12 72.72
  • Teledensity is calculated based on a national population of 140 million.
    According 2006 Last Census Population Figures.

Subscriber / Operator Data

This section contains information on the number of active subscribers for telephony services on each of the licensed service providers utilizing different technologies including GSM, CDMA, Fixed Wireless and Fixed Wired (i.e. Landline).

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% Market Share (GSM)

  Airtel 9mobile Globacom MTN
No. of Subscribers 34321613 17349731 37304367 50051572
Percentage(%) 24.6% 12.5% 26.83% 36.1%

Mobile Peak Period (Voice) Tariff

This section contains information on the annualized average cost per minute of a voice call during call traffic peak periods, across all the major telephony operators in the country. The information provided shows the cost for calls made to a number within the same network (On-Net) and a number on another network (Off-Net).

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  2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
On-Net 12.01 13.31 15.08 11.57 13.8 22.27 25.35 26.7 36.48 34.2
Off-Net 12.64 14.67 15.62 13.09 17.32 22.8 26.1 36 42 41.1

Percentage(%) Market Share by Technology

This shows what percentage of subscribers are utilizing telecommunications services per the various technologies/standards currently deployed in Nigeria - i.e. GSM, CDMA and Fixed Wired/Wireless technology.

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Technology Mobile (GSM)   Mobile (CDMA) Fixed (Wireless/Wired) VoIP
Percentage 99.7%   0.15% 0.1% 0.03%

Internet Subscriber Data

This section contains information on the number of active subscribers for data (internet) services on each of the licensed service providers utilizing the different technologies, i.e. GSM and CDMA.

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GSM

  Aug'17 Jul'17 Jun'17 May'17 Apr'17 Mar'17 Feb'17 Jan'17 Dec'16 Nov'16 Oct'16 Sep'16 Aug'16 Jul'16 Jun'16 May'16 Apr'16 Mar'16 Feb'16 Jan'16 Dec'15 Nov'15 Oct'15 Sep'15 Aug'15 Jul'15 Jun'15 May'15 Apr'15 Mar'15 Feb'15 Jan'15 Dec'14 Nov'14 Oct'14 Sep'14 Aug'14 Jul'14 Jun'14 May'14 Apr'14 Mar'14 Feb'14 Jan'14 Dec'13 Nov'13 Oct'13 Sep'13 Aug'13 Jul'13 Jun'13 May'13 Apr'13 Mar'13 Feb'13 Jan'13 Dec'12 Nov'12 Oct'12 Sep'12
Airtel 21165124 20588268 20174089 19912661 19407850 19423760 19468684 19618485 19363545 19143700 18832238 18832238 18519233 17910307 17325423 17280089 15305916 17155181 17079646 16855609 16835952 16837282 17800917 17730955 17495014 17605852 17598626 17634885 17272665 16603147 15894061 14969924 14371987 13820307 13831804 13588542 13201901 12562495 12052455 12108982 11962651 10847187 9647217 11065534 10359362 9760048 9650631 9085153 9251208 9251208 9292684 8165995 5875573 6154572 5870690 5135208 5948190 4984585 4807124 5093767
9mobile 11842298 12056241 12549596 12843424 12719830 13008481 13296999 13564284 13752940 14132007 14693492 15062650 15248932 15274493 15253513 15508024 17194118 15242856 15231652 15283903 15189788 15161307 15407008 15598070 15541009 15393860 15285079 10330559 10421229 10189568 9852713 10078388 6194758 5810488 5824861 5800277 6724797 6925753 6828671 6860902 6793504 6503780 6109681 6364573 6055247 5641536 5640789 5540676 5532073 5351069 5170786 5177612 5108926 4932188 4354845 4635888 4455290 4253891 4800683 4677082
Globacom 26955276 26912061 27184002 27402484 27190771 27021200 26932485 27076272 27010178 27122892 27185552 26887929 26984974 26820876 26628065 26355391 26306267 26530420 25684837 25436244 25082066 24952559 23285454 21896229 20765379 19330549 19330549 19340990 19690526 18617607 18184587 17671405 17139320 16524740 16024039 15843258 15520493 15354094 14371392 13679603 13221754 12682432 14908109 15109791 14321019 13201437 12975809 10502227 9884433 9108827 351263 344047 659671 801218 787925 802731 802872 843813 885649
MTN 32197220 31863373 31691070 31406441 30805977 30519351 30300705 31015405 31753369 32017779 32464779 32771259 32771259 33332495 32974177 33108786 32386071 33356595 35604370 38218859 39924737 40872869 41025019 41835294 41411846 41101886 40485670 40830146 39520285 39904772 39278019 39173123 38618567 37918448 37441848 38637446 36962810 35464669 33944987 34810405 33835981 33940628 32809357 33327955 32704697 30171961 29347442 28477200 27489116 25925849 24592736 24402346 23600224 22725089 21308725 21458211 19732901 17644756 15878288 17311225
Total 92159918 91419943 91598757 91565010 90124428 89972792 89998873 91274446 91880032 92416378 93176061 93554076 93524398 93338171 92181178 92252290 91192372 92285052 93600505 95794615 97032543 97824017 97518398 97060548 95213248 93403147 92699924 88136580 86904705 85315094 83209380 81892840 76324632 74073983 73122552 73869523 72410001 70307011 67197505 67459892 65813890 63974027 63474364 64079270 64229097 59894564 57840299 56078838 52774624 50412559 48165033 38097216 34928770 34471520 32335478 32017232 30939112 27686104 26329908 27967723

Porting Activities of Mobile Network Operators (GSM)

This section describes the monthly porting trend in the telecommunications sector per mobile operator and refers to the number of transactions whereby a mobile number is transferred from one service provider to another on the request of a subscriber who wishes to change service provider while keeping the same telephone number.

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Incoming

  Aug'17 Jul'17 Jun'17 May'17 Apr'17 Mar'17 Feb'17 Jan'17 Dec'16 Nov'16 Oct'16 Sep'16 Aug'16 Jul'16 Jun'16 May'16 Apr'16 Mar'16 Feb'16 Jan'16 Dec'15 Nov'15 Oct'15 Sep'15 Aug'15 Jul'15 Jun'15 May'15 Apr'15 Mar'15 Feb'15 Jan'15 Dec'14 Nov'14 Oct'14 Sep'14 Aug'14 Jul'14 Jun'14 May'14 Apr'14 Mar'14 Feb'14 Jan'14 Dec'13 Nov'13 Oct'13 Sep'13 Aug'13 Jul'13 Jun'13 May'13
Airtel 2272 2277 2020 2597 2400 3423 2090 1343 858 1111 1475 1475 2423 1716 5527 6829 6859 8177 5752 5280 2885 3445 3074 5347 5596 6613 6290 4161 2933 2289 2758 2342 1799 2908 4118 6523 3056 3312 1678 2233 2816 5749 2950 2319 2410 3894 14658 11536 9374 1814 676 2095
9mobile 11801 11707 12498 15253 12087 15208 6551 5490 10956 13428 14027 13365 14792 13610 12378 11765 11466 11136 7411 6329 12384 12346 11211 12898 11875 14125 13382 12252 9875 10111 9187 7820 7638 9385 9035 9749 7719 4791 5081 3694 3280 3016 2969 3007 2590 2977 2806 2960 3204 2999 2897 3149
Globacom 1156 710 751 721 945 833 578 1086 1005 1381 931 1187 1155 1132 1558 846 1468 1446 1828 2589 2037 1735 979 1505 1413 850 850 1065 1717 1435 1532 1146 621 962 2145 2112 2065 1965 2540 2823 7955 3212 895 1031 792 913 1082 1322 1359 1512 1641 1209
MTN 2405 1933 1445 1245 1506 1387 1552 1878 1240 1572 1563 1749 1749 1205 1341 990 547 361 542 450 436 735 1068 599 737 951 536 657 994 1559 1478 1186 1110 839 778 1304 720 1252 1516 674 552 1780 470 531 1170 458 609 367 503 545 545 711
Total 17634 16627 16714 19816 16938 20851 10771 9797 14059 17492 17996 17776 20119 17663 20804 20430 20340 21120 15533 14648 17742 18261 16332 20349 19621 22539 21060 18135 15519 15394 14955 12494 11168 14094 16076 19682 13560 11320 10815 9424 14603 13757 7265 6888 6962 8242 8112 16185 14440 6870 5759 7164

Incoming (Inward) Porting means the number of numbers ported from another service provider's network into a service provider's own network.

Percentage(%) Contribution of Telecoms Industry to GDP

This section describes the percentage contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria by the telecommunications industry.

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  Q2 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Percentage 9.5% 9.13% 8.50% 7.60% 7.40% 7.70% 8.60% 8.90%

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