MTN Loses 881,586 Subscribers, Glo Outperforms in Data Subscription

The latest statistics released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has shown that Nigeria’s digital transformation leader, Globacom outperformed other telecom players in the month of July 2018.

According to the newly released report, Globacom gained 214,646 new subscribers in the month of July, taking its customer base to over 40.3 million. Globacom’s addition of 214,646 subscribers constituted the largest gain by any operator in July.


Airtel garnered the second most number of subscribers, as it added 149,880 new customers, growing from 39,898,448 in June to 40,048,328 in July.

MTN and 9mobile, lost 999,891 and 246,221 subscribers, respectively.

A further analysis of the NCC report showed that Globacom has added a total of 2,153,374 new subscribers this year.

Internet Subscribers on Mobile Devices

Globacom accounted for most of the growth during the review period. The total number of data users in the country rose by 866,656, from 102.81 million in June to103.67 million in July. Globacom took the lion share of 574,821 new internet users, with its data subscription rising from 26.57 million in June to 27.15 million in July. The addition represents 66 percent of the total of 866,656 new internet users in the industry.

Airtel’s gained 375,724 internet users in July, while MTN gained 134,197 new data users in the same period. On the flip side, 9mobile lost 218,086 internet users in July, as its subscription base fell to 10.37 million as against June when it recorded 10.59 million.

Globacom has rolled out a number of customer-friendly initiatives recently which may have significantly helped to grow its subscriber base. The operator launched Glo Yakata which offers up to 2,200 % bonus on every N100 recharge and above, and Oga SIM which offers 125 percent bonus on every data subscription.

Globacom has also improve on its data speed wooing old subscribers who left back to the network.

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21 thoughts on “MTN Loses 881,586 Subscribers, Glo Outperforms in Data Subscription”

  1. I am not surprised that MTN lost some of it’s customer to other telcos when they continue to increase the cost of their data.Unless they do something drastic, the trend will definitely continue.y spend 1300 for 2gb data when I can get 4gb Data for 1k??

  2. MTN will bounce back with the new Mpulse plan. But aside that, Glo will continue to gain more subscribers cos it’s the grandmaster of data truly

  3. This good for this STINGY MTN that can’t give cheap data and call, all they are after is gain, interest…glo should just work on their Network speed

  4. People are now realizing that MTN are trickish set of people, there way is not straight.. I hope glo really improves and maintain their services.


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