Number of Nigeria's active phone users rises 1.8% m/m to 129.4mn in April 2014 [IntelliNews - Weekly Reports]
(IntelliNews - Weekly Reports Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The number of active telephone subscribers in Nigeria rose 1.8% m/m to 129.4 million at end-April, following a 0.9% monthly decline in March, when three of the four mobile operators were banned from selling SIM cards, data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed.
The country's teledensity rate, which measures the number of active mobile phone SIM cards and land lines as a percentage of the total population, increased to 92.24% as of end-April from 90.78% a month earlier. We note that NCC calculates teledensity based on a population estimate of 140 million, while current estimates set the country's population at above 170 million.
Mobile subscriptions on GSM networks account for more than 98% of the overall active lines, with the balance taken by CDMA network and fixed line subscriptions.
Nigeria has four GSM operators MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and Etisalat and four CDMA operators. South Africa-based MTN continues to dominate the market with a market share of 46% by subscriber number as of end-April, followed by Indian-owned Airtel with a 20% market share, Nigerian Globacom with 19%, and UAE's Etisalat with 15%.
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