At the end of September 2009 Nigeria has been able to reach another milestone in the telecoms sector market with over 70 million active subscribers.
This was revealed in latest telecoms market data from telecoms industry regulator, the Nigerian Communication Commission NCC where the GSM and CDMA market takes 62 million and over 6 million active subscribers respectively, while fixed/fixed wireless market takes over 1 million lines.
The market leader is MTN Nigeria which recorded 5.12 percent growth. It finished with over 28 million lines, almost 13m ahead of its rival Glo mobile which seize second place in the market, and reached over 16 million lines to control 2.03 percent increase.
Celtel Nigeria now Zain is retaining its third place at the end of Q3 with just over 14 million active lines. It increased by 1.98 percent from Q2 to Q3.
The government owned Nigerian network, NITEL has continued to maintain the same figure of 258, 520 line since the Q2 of 2008, and the new entrant Etisalat, Mubadala owned entrant gained almost 2 million active subscribers while it recorded 75.77 percent growth from Q2 to Q3.
Out of the four CDMA network operating in Nigeria, Visafone overtook the rest during the quarter with an excellent figure of 2,533,812 million. It rounded up with (9.81) percent quarterly growth.
Also according to the regulator’s data Multi-Links had a slight drop from 1,871,792 in the Q2 to 1,820,750 active lines during Q3.
Starcomms added little break by ending the quarter with over 1.5 active lines from 1.4 lines in Q2 while Reliance reached over 1.1m during the quarter. They had 5.48 percent and 1.71 percent growth respectively at the end of Q2 and Q3.
On aggregate, the total market grew by 0.89 percent in Q1 to Q2 and 3.66 during Q2 and Q3 of the year 2009.