Market Share: MTN, Airtel, Globacom Emerge Nigeria’s Top GSM Operators -NCC


The MTN, Airtel, Globacom have emerged as Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.


In its just-released Subscriber/operator data, the Commission disclosed that MTN controls 74,044,687, representing 39.66 percent, while Airtel and Globacom control, 50,026,788 and 49,781,215, representing 26.80 percent and 26.66 per cent respectively.

The Commission added that Mobile controls 12,842,775, representing 6.88 percent.

MTN, Airtel, Globacom emerge Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share --- NCC


However, in a message obtained from its website, MTN, stated: “From the very first phone call, made at Maritime House Apapa on May 16, 2001, we’ve been facilitating connections that matter. The continued support and patronage of our customers have made our growth and success possible. Today, MTN is Nigeria’s network of choice, serving over 61 million subscribers with national coverage and a fiber network that reaches every state in the nation.

“Our vision is to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world to our customers and our purpose is to make Nigerian lives a whole lot BRIGHTER by delivering relevant, accessible, high-quality telecommunications solutions that put them in control. We believe everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life.

“Guided by the philosophy of shared prosperity, we believe that the success and growth of our business are tied to the wellbeing and the success of the communities in which we operate.

“A proudly Nigerian company, we are committed to the growth of the economy and the progress of our people. We understand that with real access and support, there is nothing Nigerians cannot achieve.

“Over the years, we have borne witness to the innovation, drive, and resilience that is at the heart of Nigeria. The opportunity to play a role in the nation’s evolution has been our privilege and greatest achievement.

MTN, Airtel, Globacom emerge Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share --- NCC“Today, MTN is Nigeria’s premier provider of connectivity, communication, and collaboration solutions, and the largest privately owned mobile operator in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. We have done beautiful things together and there is still much more to be done. If the last decade and more have taught us anything, it is how much we can achieve when we work together. We are certain that we will continue to make headlines together in the years ahead.”


Similarly, Aitel also, stated: “Airtel Networks Limited is a leading telecommunications services provider with headquarters in Lagos, the commercial nerve center of Nigeria. The telco ranks amongst the top three mobile service providers in terms of subscribers with a customer base of more than 50 million as of December 2019. The company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, Home Broadband, and enterprise services.

“Airtel Networks Limited is a subsidiary of Airtel Africa Plc, a Pan-African telecommunications company with operations in 14 countries across Africa.

“Airtel Africa is driven by the vision of providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all and is supported in pursuing this vision by its largest shareholder, Bharti Airtel. Its product offerings include 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless voice and data services and mobile commerce through ‘Airtel Money. Airtel Africa had over 110 million customers across its operations at the end of March 2020.

MTN, Airtel, Globacom emerge Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share --- NCC

“Airtel Networks Limited is intensely interested and committed to supporting laudable causes through its Corporate Social Investment initiatives in Nigeria. Leveraging on its award-winning Touching Lives program, Adopt-a-School initiative, and Employee Volunteer Scheme, it has invested both financial and material resources to assist many communities as well as uplift underprivileged people across Nigeria. Its various CSR initiatives have directly and indirectly impacted Nigerians in the various communities where it operates.”


In another message obtained from its website, Globacom stated: “At Globacom we hold our vision with very high esteem. This keeps us moving forward and pushes us to be the best while propelling us into the future. This vision is about you.

“We have soared high in our aspiration to build Africa’s biggest and best telecommunications network with millions of subscribers in Nigeria and Ghana.

MTN, Airtel, Globacom emerge Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share --- NCC

“We have made history as the first single company to build a high-capacity submarine fiber-optic cable, popularly known as Glo-1, the first successful submarine cable from the United Kingdom to Nigeria; with the attendant high increases in internet speeds and download rates with resultant significant improvements in online technologies. We further recommend and encourage you to join Globacom, share in our vision and commitment to providing telecoms solutions that make our lives easier and better.”


However, 9Mobile also stated: “Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd. (EMTS), trading as ‘9mobile, is a Nigerian private limited liability company. EMTS acquired a Unified Access Service License from the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2007. The License enables EMTS to provide Fixed Telephony (wired or wireless), Digital Mobile Services, International Gateway Services, and National/Regional Long Distance Services in addition to spectrum assignments in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands.”MTN, Airtel, Globacom emerge Nigeria’s top three GSM operators, based on market share --- NCCIt added: “With a recent name change and rebranding in July 2017, the company launched its new brand identity – 9mobile, with an unveiling of the new name and logo. The new brand identity reflects the bold and creative attributes which we share with our valued subscribers especially the vibrant youth segment.”

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