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Worrying trend as 9mobile loses over 3 million Subscribers in 2 years

There appears to be more worries for Nigeria’s telecommunication network, 9mobile, as the company lost 3.49 million internet subscribers in the last two years.

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There appears to be more worries for Nigeria’s telecommunication network, 9mobile, as the company has lost 3.49 million internet subscribers in the last two years. According to a data obtained from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), 9mobile’s mobile internet subscribers stood at 12.8 million in May 2017, but the figure dropped to 9.3 million in May 2019.

The data shows that 9mobile has continued to drop internet subscribers for several months. It also reveals that 9mobile has lost 532,489 internet subscribers in just five months of 2019.

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Recent Industry Statistics: The latest statistics released by the NCC shows that the total number of mobile internet subscribers in Nigeria rose to 122.6 million in May 2019. This indicates a 3% increase from the 119.5 million subscribers in the previous month.

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Number breakdown shows that within the past months (April-May 2019), MTN Nigeria added about 2.4 million internet subscribers. This makes it the largest gainer for the month.

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The Second on the list is Airtel, with 595,093 internet subscribers added to its internet network, followed by Globacom which added 198,142. Meanwhile, Visafone added 8,991 while 9mobile recorded 595 thousand subscribers quitting its internet network.

Overall, MTN has 52.4 million internet subscribers, followed by Airtel with 31.9 million subscribers. Glo has 28.8 million, 9mobile has 9.35 million, while Visafone recorded 82,637 internet subscribers.

[READ ALSO: 9mobile drops again, as Nigeria’s mobile internet subscribers hit 115.9m]

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The Market Share: As at the end of May 2019, MTN still controlled the lion share in the telecommunication market both in internet service provision and the overall market in terms of users. According to the NCC data,

  • 43% of internet subscribers use MTN,
  • 26% subscribed to Airtel,
  • Globacom controls 24% of internet subscribers,
  • 9mobile has only 8%, while
  • Visafone controls less than 1% market share of internet subscribers.

In terms of the total number of subscribers, MTN Nigeria is the market leader as the telecoms giant boasts 64.8 million (37%) of the total subscribers.

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  • Airtel ranks second with 26% or 45.6 million subscribers.
  • Globacom Nigeria is the third on the list, controlling 27% or 46.4 million subscribers.
  • 9mobile comes 4th with 9% of total subscribers.
  • Lastly, Visafone has 117 thousand subscribers, representing just 1% of total subscribers in Nigeria.

Some Worrying Trends: It should be noted that 9mobile has lost subscribers for two consecutive years. This implies that while the company keeps losing subscribers, other competing service providers are heightening strategies and jostling to add as many more users to their networks as possible.

For instance, the NCC data shows that MTN maintains its lead in the industry with over 50 million mobile internet subscribers while Airtel and Globacom are also on the rise.

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What this implies: The face of Nigeria’s telecom industry is taking a new lift and 9mobile may not survive if the company’s downward trend lingers.

  • For example, just weeks after the market leader, MTN Nigeria, got listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Airtel Nigeria has also been listed.
  • This somehow suggests that key players in the industry are witnessing growth and expansion, and Globacom may equally join the train as time goes by.
  • It remains unknown if the take-over legal battle faced by 9Mobile for months could be contributing to the sustained decline in its market share.

In the meantime, as competition heightens in the industry, 9mobile will need a strategic push in order to remain relevant and active.

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[ALSO READ: Mobile Internet Subscribers hit 114.7m, as 9mobile and Glo drop yet again]

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Passengers can now arrive 90 minutes before departure for domestic flights – FG

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The Federal Government has announced the reduction of arrival time for passengers from three hours to one hour and a half before departure for domestic flights.

This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, through his Twitter handle on Monday, July 13, 2020.

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The minister said that the decision was arrived at after they have reviewed passenger facilitation at the airport while noting that passengers should check-in online.

In the tweet post, Sirika said, ‘’My colleagues and I have reviewed passenger facilitation at our airports, consequently I am happy to announce that, henceforth travellers are to arrive one hour and half before their departure time for domestic flights. Travellers are advised to check-in online, please.’’

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It can be recalled that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had earlier in June issued flight resumption protocol for both international and local passengers across the country, advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their time due to the new COVID-19 safety checks for domestic flight operations and five hours for international flight operations.

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Seyi Makinde Proposes N3 billion investment plan for water supply

The local governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the LG. 

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Seyi Makinde Proposes N3 Billion plan for water supply

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde announced the proposal of a N3 billion investment plan dedicated to water supply in rural and urban areas of the state.

Speaking through the Chairman of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), Mr. Najeem Omirinde in Ibadan on Monday, he added that N500 million of the N3 billion would be used for repairing broken and faulty state-owned boreholes.

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All Chairmen of each of the Local Governments in Oyo are advised to submit a list of 10 faulty boreholes in the Local governments.

The Oyo State governor also ordered that all new boreholes must be compliant with solar-powered pumps, to enable their longevity and save costs.

Urging residents to patronize the agency if they need to dig up boreholes for water, citing that it would be cheaper if done through the state agency than with private drilling companies.

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Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed stated last year that Nigeria needs an estimated N36 trillion annually for the next 30 years to solve Nigeria’s infrastructure problem. The investment, although a tiny fraction of what Nigeria needs is a bold step by the Oyo State government.

 

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FG asks UK court for more time to appeal $9.6 billion arbitration judgement

Malami stated that the Evidence of P&ID’s highly orchestrated scam had only recently come to light. 

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FG asks UK court for more time to appeal $9.6 billion arbitration judgement

The Federal Government has approached a UK court to appeal for more time to appeal the $9.6 billion arbitration award against it over the breach of contract with Process & Industrial Development (P&ID) Ltd.

Nigeria has said that it needs more time to pursue its argument that the 2010 gas supply contract with Process & Industrial Development Ltd was a sham.

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The legal dispute with P&ID is coming against the backdrop of the huge drop in the country’s revenue due to the collapse in oil prices globally. Nigeria had applied to US courts in March seeking for documents from 10 banks which includes Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co, in a bid to prove its corruption allegations.

P&ID, however, has denied any wrongdoing in the whole transaction, arguing that Nigeria missed its opportunity to appeal.

The Nigerian Lawyer, Mark Howard, on Monday, the first morning of a 2-day hearing, said ‘’It is very unusual in a fraud case to discover a single smoking gun. By its very nature, fraud is conducted in secret, which makes it hard to detect and justifies an extension.’

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The legal representatives for Nigeria are seeking another hearing for the judge to decide whether any misconduct has taken place and whether it justifies overturning the contract

The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami in a statement said, ‘’Evidence of P&ID’s highly orchestrated scam had only recently come to light.’’

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It can be recalled that last year, a UK judge upheld an earlier arbitration award to P&ID, which had accumulated to about $9.6 billion. The arbitration decision was over a failed contract to build a gas processing plant in the Southern city of Calabar.

The Nigerian lawyers disclosed that they have uncovered alleged bribes to government officials and their family members dating back to 2009.

Malami in his court filing on March 24, submitted that ‘’There is good reason to believe that ministers at the highest level were involved in a corrupt scheme to steal money from Nigeria.’’

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