MTN, Glo gain 2790 ported subscribers in Oct 2022

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Data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that a total of 2,790 subscribers were transferred from one network to another in October 2022.

This resulted in higher profits for the two largest mobile network operators, MTN and Glo, as more subscribers moved to their networks.

Specifically, MTN gained 1,925 customers from other networks in the month, while Glo recorded 363 incoming servings.

  • The move was achieved through Mobile Number Portability (MNP) instituted by the telecoms regulator, which allows customers to switch service providers without changing their numbers.
  • NCC data showed that Airtel also received 347 clients from other networks, while 9mobile attracted 106 clients through porting in the month under review.
  • However, judging by the number of subscribers that left the two networks for other networks, it was a loss for them.

outbound transport: Just as carriers gained new customers from each other, they also lost each other through outbound porting. 9mobile emerged as the month’s biggest loser, as 1,662 subscribers transferred from its network to others, while Airtel recorded 539 outbound ports.

MTN also lost 332 subscribers to other networks as 258 subscribers left Globacom’s network to others.

Why are subscribers behaving?: From a peak of 22,539 in July 2015, the number of mobile subscriber ports in Nigeria has steadily decreased over the years to an average of 3,000 in a month. While mobile network operators (MNOs) attributed the decline to improved service quality, the telecoms regulator believes it is a combination of factors.

According to NCC, in addition to the quality of service, most subscribers also moved to other networks because they wanted to enjoy cheaper call and data rates in various promotions offered by network operators.

NCC Executive Vice President Professor Umar Danbatta said:

  • “The essence of mobile number portability, which the NCC introduced a few years ago, offers telecommunications subscribers the flexibility to move at will from one network to another, while retaining their original mobile numbers. They won’t be tied to a particular network if they have reason to leave the network, and that’s the beauty of mobile number portability. Subscribers use it for different reasons, including obtaining a better quality of service or enjoying certain packages offered by another operator. Nigerian subscribers will continue to enjoy this right.”

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