Telcos lose 19.20 million subscribers in five months to SIM –NIN Linkage


Olusola  Bello


Telecommunication companies have lost 19.20 million subscribers since the Federal Government began the linking of National Identity Number with SIM cards.


The Nigerian Communications Commission which  on Tuesday  released this statistics stated that the subscriber base fell from 207,907,709 in November 2020, to 188,705,734 in April 2021.


The data indicates that  MTN is the biggest loser with over 7,202,757 subscribers lost,   followed by Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile lost 7,054,115; 4,490,531; and 408,904 subscribers respectively.


According to the data the telcos lost 3.7 million subscribers in April as the subscriber base fell from 192,413,613 in March.


Broadband penetration also dropped from 45.07 per cent in November to 40.66 per cent in April. The telcos have lost more than eight million data subscribers since the SIM-NIN policy began. Porting services dropped from 16,342 in November to zero in April.


In December 2020, the sale and registration of new SIM cards was banned by the Federal Government and a December 30 deadline issued for people to link their National Identity Number with their SIM cards was set. This has since been moved to June 30, 2021.

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