24 January 2023
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reports that Nigeria had 222.23 million active subscriptions to telecom services as of December 2022, 13.89% up from the 195 million subscriptions in December 2021.
As per the NCC, MTN added 15.4 million subscribers to reach 89.01 million subscribers from 73.59 million in December 2021; Airtel Nigeria's subscriber base grew from 53.93 million to 60.07 million subscribers; Globacom from 54.82 million to 60.29 million subscribers; 9mobile's subscriber base fell from 12.85 million subscribers in December 2021 to 12.79 million subscribers in December 2022.
Nigeria should continue its growth trend thanks to its large population. According to the GSMA, the country is expected to add 18 million new subscribers by 2025, the highest growth in sub-Saharan Africa. The region is expected to add an additional 100 million subscribers over the same period to reach 613 million.