NCC Statistics-Airtel Leads Porting Trend In Telecom Sector


Airtel is leading the porting trend in the telecommunications sector with over 10,000 subscribers moving from other networks to its network (incoming porting), more than 9,142  in June that moved in the last statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC in July, 2020.

According to the latest statistics by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as at August 31st, 2020, aside Airtel which had 10,078 out of the total of 19, 468 that ported, 9mobile which was leading before, got the second position with 6,242 in July against 10,964 in June, MTN third position with 2,840 while Globacom had 308 subscribers who ported to its network.

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

On outgoing porting, Airtel has the highest subscribers leaving the network with 5, 167 less over 8,000 subscribers that left in June, followed by Globacom with 6, 283, MTN 4,476 while 9mobile has the lowest with 3,082.

Outgoing (Outward) Porting means the number of numbers ported to another service provider’s network from a service provider’s own network.

According to the statistics, MTN is leading the market share of active subscribers for telephone services among the four major GSM operators in Nigeria with 40.39 percent as against 40.17 percent in June, 2020.

Airtel got the second place in the market share with 26.99 percent, followed by Globacom with 26.51 percent.

However the percentage contribution of the telecoms industry to GDP has increased to 14.30 percent as against 10.88 percent in June as reported by NCC in the last statistics in July, 2020.

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

It should be noted that consistent with Section 89 Subsection 3(d) 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.

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