NIN-SIM Linkage: MTN Nigeria lost 7.6m subscribers in 6 months

The largest network by market share, MTN Nigeria, has stated that it lost 7.6 million mobile subscribers in the first half of 2021.

This was stated by the telco in its unaudited results for the half-year ended June 30, 2021, posted on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) over the weekend.

This is a 9.9 percent decline from December 2020.

Recall that MTN Nigeria had lost 4.84 million in the first quarter of the year as a result of the stifling of growth in Nigeria’s telecoms sector caused by regulatory policies.

Recall that last year, the Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Isa Pantami, directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to audit the subscriber registration database.

According to the half-year report, active data users declined by approximately 52,000 to 32.5 million, while service revenue increased by 24.1 percent to N790.3 billion.

Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO, said the decline in mobile subscription was due to the regulatory restrictions on new SIM sales and activations, which was lifted on April 19, 2021.

“Although the initial run-rate of additions has been slower than usual due to new process requirements, we anticipate growth to normalise in the short-term as more of our acquisition centres are certified for SIM registration,” he said.

“To this end, we have acquired over 40,000 enrolment devices, which are being configured for this purpose.”

MTN Nigeria added that 37 million subscribers had submitted their NINs, representing around 54 percent of its subscriber base as of 26 July 2021.

The company also reported a 49.5 percent growth in profit, amounting to 141,83 billion and paid N73.29 billion to tax authorities within the first six months.

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