Telcos Lose 5.6million Subscribers in 30 Days… This is Abnormal!

The question I keep asking is where are all these
subscribers going to? Are they switching to a feature phone that doesn’t use
internet or what? March subscribers data as released by NCC reveals that Telcos
lost 1.66 million subscribers generally and the newly released subscribers data
shows that Telcos lost 5.6 million subscribers in April.

This means in exactly 30days, Telcos lost 5.6 million
… this is not normal. According to the data, active mobile voice
subscriptions in Nigeria crashed from 154.4 million in March to 149.2 million
at the end of April this year.
GSM companies, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat,
were responsible for the decline.
Analysis shows that
across all the four categories of subscribers, such as GSM, the code division
multiple access (CDMA) and fixed wired/wireless operators, as well as Voice
Over Internet protocol (VoIP), only GSM segment was responsible for the crash
in the subscriber base.
The GSM operators’ active customers decreased by 3.2 million
on the 151.9 million subscribers recorded in March.

MTN had 58.1 million users in April, lost 2.2 million
; Glo had 37.2 million customers, lost 58,727 subscribers; Airtel
had 34.3 million subscribers, lost 319,803; and Etisalat had 19 million
customers, lost 576,120 subscribers.
The CDMA operators had 217,566 (Visafone had 213,106
customers, while Multi- Links had 4,460) users in April, which was same with
the result for March.
The only thing that increase was landline users  using Visafone 
and Multi link with 1,304 users. And 21st Century network had 102,304
customers in April, recording an increase of 1,559 users on its March record of
The question still remains, where did 5.6 Million
subscribers go to? Did they stop using internet or they simply stopped
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