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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.

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.


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.

[READ FURTHER: Telecoms operators fined N74 million for violating regulations]

  • 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.

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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.

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

Samuel is an Analyst with over 5 years experience. Connect with him via his twitter handle

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COVID-19 Update in Nigeria

On the 24th of October 2020, 48 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria



The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 61,930 confirmed cases.

On the 24th of October 2020, 48 new confirmed cases were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 1,372 samples across the country.

To date, 61,930 cases have been confirmed, 57,285 cases have been discharged and 1,129 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 603,611 tests have been carried out as of October 24th, 2020 compared to 602,239 tests a day earlier.

COVID-19 Case Updates- 24th October 2020,

  • Total Number of Cases – 61,930
  • Total Number Discharged – 57,285
  • Total Deaths – 1,1129
  • Total Tests Carried out – 603,611

According to the NCDC, The 48 new cases were reported from 6 states- Lagos (18), FCT (13), Kaduna (6), Rivers (5), Ogun (5), Ondo (1).

Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,807, followed by Abuja (5,961), Plateau (3,594), Oyo (3,423), Rivers (2,770), Edo (2,648), Kaduna (2,611), Ogun (1,995), Delta (1,812), Kano (1,741), Ondo (1,662), Enugu (1,314),  Kwara (1,067), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (948), Osun (922), Abia (898), Gombe (883).  Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).

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Imo State has recorded 614 cases, Benue (486), Nasarawa (478), Bayelsa (403),  Ekiti (329), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (164), Taraba (122), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.

READ ALSO: COVID-19: Western diplomats warn of disease explosion, poor handling by government

Lock Down and Curfew

In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.

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The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.

On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.

On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.

READ ALSO: Bill Gates says Trump’s WHO funding suspension is dangerous


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#EndSARS: Governor Uzodimma approves N2bn for youth empowerment after talks with protesters 

Governor Uzodinma has approved the immediate release of N2 billion for youth empowerment.



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Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has approved the immediate release of N2 billion for youth empowerment, following a fruitful meeting with a group of youths associated with the #EndSARS movement in the State. 

This disclosure was made by Governor Hope Uzodinma in his statement today, during his third state Broadcast to the people of Imo State, this week. 

The Governor in his statement said that his heart is gladdened that a vast majority of the youth heeded the clarion calls to call off the #EndSARS protests, having laid down their points unmistakably. 

However, he revealed that in line with his determination to address the needs of the youth and empower them, he has approved an immediate release of a take-off fund of N2 billion for the empowerment of youth in the state. 

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He reiterated that the task is not complete until every single youth is pulled off our streets and kept a safe distance away from the reach of some unscrupulous elements whose demonic desire is to unleash endless carnage in some parts of the state. 

What you should know 

Recall that the governor on the met with a group of youths embedded in the EndSARS protests. The group was made up of youth leaders from all parts of the country comprising leaders from the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Areewa, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Hausa, Fulani, Middle belt and Niger Delta Youths 

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However, during his interface with the youth, he assured them of a dedicated empowerment package, as part of his administration’s determination to address the needs of the youths and quell their dissatisfaction. 

  • The N2 billion take-off fund will be deployed for the training of the first batch of the beneficiaries, which will commence next week. The N2billion take-off fund is to be taken from the N6 billion earmarked for the accelerated youth empowerment programme. 
  • The empowerment programme is under the Imo State Special Youth Empowerment and Intervention Programme (IMYEIP). The State’s Ministry of Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship is directly charged with its immediate implementation. 
  • The programme is to begin training of the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Batches of an estimated number of 500, 000 Imo youths in different skills acquisition programmes within the next two years, and provide them with start-up capital to begin their own enterprises. 
  •  The training time table will be rolled out on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020. 
  • The 5000 Imo Youths who have already been trained in different skills under the IMYEIP platform, are to be given their start-up capital very soon. 

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Tinubu visits Sanwo-Olu, speaks on recent violence in the state, travelling out of the country

Tinubu has spoken up about some of the happenings that have led to the recent unrest in Lagos State.



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The former Lagos State Governor and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has reacted to the outbreak of violence during the #EndSARS protest which has led to the destruction and looting of public and private infrastructure in the state.

He lamented the invasion and wanton looting and burning of public and private assets in the state of late, including police stations.

This was made known by Tinubu during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at State House Marina, to commiserate with him on the recent violence in the state, sympathize with the victims through him and seek his permission to visit some of the victims.

While addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Tinubu said he asked him if he had ordered the attack on #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.

He also said that he did not travel out of the country as reported by some sections of the media, who claimed that he had travelled to France and the UK.

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Tinubu said, “I didn’t go nowhere; I’m a Lagosian and I still hold the title of Asiwaju of Lagos and I am still a Jagaban. Fake news is all over the place. They say Seyi my son was kidnapped and was chased but look at him. I didn’t pay a penny to bring him here.

On the investigation and compensation for victims of violence, Tinubu said, “First, we have to segregate the calendar, those who suffered casualty before the protests from the hands of SARS. You have to separate that from those who suffered casualty due to what happened at the toll gate.

“For those who suffered casualty from SARS, the Commission of Inquiry that is already set up will unearth that and will make their recommendations. I trust the calibre and the character of the people there, they are independent. That is one.

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“Those who suffered casualty during the gunshots need to answer some questions too, how are they there? How long were they there? What kind of characters are they? Even though we want to help, we still must extract information that will help the government to prepare in future and understand how and when to react because the governor, in particular, is a youth.’’

Going further, he said, “As a youth himself, he (Sanwo-Olu) quickly went to Abuja with the 5/5. The government immediately put into action, dissolved the SARS and had to work through other recommended actions, the needs they demanded. Within a few days, he reported back to the public. That is responsive enough.

“But where are we getting the looting, the carnage, the burning, the invasion of police stations, stealing of arms, maiming of the innocent? It is a handshake beyond the elbow.

Tinubu has been under intense media attack over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday. He was accused of being the mastermind of the incident because of his alleged interest in the tollgate which has been blocked for about 2 weeks, an allegation he has denied.

The hoodlums had burnt down some businesses allegedly linked to him in the course of the violence that erupted in Lagos. They include Oriental Hotel, Television Continental (TVC) and Nations newspaper.

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