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How 9Mobile lost over 200,000 subsribers in one month – NCC

Ladesope Ladelokun

One of the telecommunications operators in the country, 9Mobile has lost 237,973 subscribers between June and July of 2019, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) latest report has revealed.

The struggle continues for 9Mobile as the number of its subscribers fell for two years straight since the change of ownership from Etisalat Nigeria in July 2017.

When the parent company, Etisalat, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, exited the Nigerian market, the network provider had about 12 million users, but the July report by the NCC shows 9Mobile now accounts for 8.8 million users.

According to NCC’s July report, 9Mobile accounted for nine million subscribers in June, but lost 237,973 within that period, making 9Mobile the only network provider to drop in user number between June and July.

But while 9Mobile has been losing subscribers, the subscribers of Airtel Nigeria have been growing numerically. The latter added 428,012 subscribers within the same period 9Mobile lost over 200 thousand users.

This means Airtel recorded the highest additional number of users compared to MTN Nigeria, Globacom and 9Mobile. Airtel ended the month of June with 31.975 million users and closed the month of July 2019 at 32.403 million subscribers.

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