Active Voice Subscribers Dropped by 8.73% in Q3 2017 – NBS

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Friday, January 12, 2018 11:25AM/ NBS 

Sector Growth Summary
 

·       Total Active Voice Subscriptions and Total Active Internet Subscriptions in 2017 Q3 were recorded 139,907,213 and 93,263,436 respectively.

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Total Active Voice Subscriptions fell by 8.73% from 2016 Q3 and by 2.21% from 2017 Q2.

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Total Active Internet Subscriptions increased by 1.22 from 2016 Q3 and declined by 0.55% from 2017 Q2

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Both voice and internet communication subscriptions in 2017 Q3 were dominated by GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications).

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By the end of 2017 Q3, Southwestern and Northcentral states recorded higher than average number of voice and internet subscriptions than other states in Nigeria in general. 

Active Voice Subscription
 

Overview
Total Active Voice Subscriptions in the third quarter of 2017 decreased by 8.73% compared with the same quarter in last year, from to 153,295,152 in 2016 Q3 to 139,907,213 total active subscriptions in the reviewing quarter. The total figure recorded in the 2017 Q3 also indicates an 2.21% decline from the second quarter of 2017. 

Subscription by Technology (GSM, CDMA, Fixed Wires/Wireless, and VoIP)
 

GSM
GSM subscription remained the largest component in Total Active Mobile Subscription over the past year. Until the end of the third quarter of 2017, Nigeria recorded 139,486,833 GMS based active voice subscriptions nationwide. However, both the subscription number and the percentage of GSM decreased in the past three quarters, although GSM still constitutes 99.70% of the total Active Voice Subscription. Total GSM in Q3 recorded a 9.50% decline year on year and a 2.22% decline quarter to quarter.

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Other technology
Other technology of voice telecommunication includes CDMA, Fixed Wires/Wireless, and VoIP, which constitute around 0.30% of the total Active Voice Subscription in 2017 Q3. CDMA as an alternative mobile technology contributes to 0.16% of the total active subscriptions while fixed/ fixed wireless and VoIP only accounted for 0.10% and 0.04% of the total figures respectively.  

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Please notice that the percentage figures presented in this and the next sessions are estimated according to latest NCC data and are subject to revision by NBS.
 

Subscription by Provider
 
In the third quarter, the four largest voice communication providers are Airtel Nigeria, 9mobile, Globacom Limited and MTN Nigeria Communications, which contributed to 24.75%, 12.30%, 27.70% and 35.96% of the total telecom communication subscriptions respectively. Among the top four, Airtel Nigeria ,9mobile and MTN Nigeria Communications only specialize in GSM, while Globacom Limited also hold 0.01% of the total active voice subscriptions in the form of Fixed/Fixed Wireless Telecommunication. 

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Subscription by State
 
Southern and Southwestern states recorded the highest active voice subscriptions in general. Lagos, Ogun and Oyo, the top three states recorded together 26.10% of the total voice subscription of the country. Lagos led in telecommunication usage with 20,393,052 active voice subscriptions and 20,126,338 GSM users by the end of the third quarter, equaling to 14.58% of the total nationwide subscriptions. Following the three southern states, FCT, Kano and Kaduna established another cluster of heavy voice subscription, each of which reported over 6 million active voice subscriptions in the reviewing quarter. 

Most states in Nigeria recorded negative growths in active voice subscriptions in the third quarter of 2017 on both year to year and quarter to quarter basis. FTC, Edo, Adamawa, Ondo, Lagos and Oyo are the only states which recorded positive year on year growths in active voice subscriptions in 2017 Q3, by 5.48%, 3.10%, 2.42%, 1.63% and 0.98% respectively.

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Data/Internet Subscriptions
 

Overview
Data subscriptions in Q3 2017, as in previous quarters, is dominated by mobile (GSM) internet subscriptions, accounting for 99.7% of all active data/internet subscriptions.  In the quarter under review, Q3 2017, total active internet subscriptions stood at 93,263,436, a 1.22% growth over the previous quarter’s 92,136,023 active subscriptions, and a decline of 0.55% from the same period last year, Q3 2016 at 93,776,771 active subscriptions.   

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The recent growth in active internet subscriptions is driven primarily by the quarter-on-quarter growth in absolute numbers of subscriptions to the internet via GSM (mobile) and the increase in VoIP (voice-over-internet) usage. 
 

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Mobile (GSM) Internet Subscriptions
GSM remains the most dominant means of accessing the internet for subscribers.  In Q3 2017, active GSM internet subscriptions stood at 92,975,682, representing a 1.5% growth from the previous quarter’s 91,598,755 active subscribers, and a 0.22% decline from the same period last year.  While GSM internet subscriptions were on a declining trend over year to date 2016, subscriptions have picked up in 2017, showing a 3.3% growth from Q1 2017 to Q3 2017.  

In the quarter under review (Q3 2017) MTN gained the highest share of all GSM active internet subscribers, capturing 35% of subscriptions (32,556,629), closely followed by Glo at 29% of subscription (26,942,871), Airtel at 23.4% of subscriptions (21,765,524), and EMTS at 12.6% of subscriptions (11,710,259).  This represented a 2.7%, and a 7.9% growth over the previous quarter (Q2 2017) for MTN and Airtel respectively, and a 0.9% and 6.7% decline over the previous quarter for Glo and EMTS respectively. 
 

Similarly, when compared with the same period last year Q3 2016, Glo and Airtel grew by 0.2% and 15.6% respectively, while MTN and EMTS declined by 0.7% and 22.3% respectively.  The operational challenges experienced by EMTS (9mobile) contributed significantly to the recorded decline of total active GSM internet subscriptions in the period under review (6.7% percent compared to the previous quarter), while Airtel robustly gained subscribers both quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year. 
  

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The biggest contributors to the growth of total active GSM internet subscription is Airtel, growing 7.9% when compared to the previous quarter (Q2 2017), and 15.6% when compared to the same period last year (Q3 2016).  This led to an increase of the company’s market share by 1.4 points from the previous quarter and by 3.2 points from the same period last year. 
 

VoIP Subscriptions
The second most dominant form for accessing the internet is over VoIP.  In the period under review, active VoIP internet subscription grew 6.3% quarter-on-quarter from 231,116 active subscribers in Q2 2017 to 245,696 in Q3 2017.   

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This growth was fueled by the increase in Ntel VoIP subscriptions which grew 74.6% from the previous quarter to stand at 36,601 in Q3 2017 from 20,963 in Q2 2017.  Nevertheless, the majority of VoIP internet subscriptions are through Smile Networks which controls 85.1% of this segment with 209,095 active VoIP subscriptions in Q3 2017.  Smile declined slightly by 0.5% in the quarter under review and lost 5.8 percentage points to Ntel. 
 

CDMA and Fixed Wireless Internet Subscriptions
The NCC records no changes in active CDMA internet subscription in the period under review, a trend that has persisted since the 3rd quarter of 2016.  Visafone dominates this segment with 30,309 subscriptions (99.9% of all active CDMA internet subscriptions. 

Data/Internet Subscriptions by State (Mobile/GSM)

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In the quarter under review, Lagos state recorded the highest active GSM internet subscriptions within the country, which stood at 14,192,283 (15.2% of all active internet subscriptions), followed by Ogun State at 5,893,286 (6.3%), Oyo State at 5,177,046 (5.6%), FCT at 4,913,800 (5.3%), and Kano at 4,035,407 (4.3%). Together the top ten states for active internet subscriptions (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, FCT, Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Edo, Delta, and Niger states) account for 54.9% of all internet subscriptions in Q3 2017. 
 

Amongst this group, the FCT, Edo, and Lagos States contributed the highest growth in internet subscriptions at 16.4%, 7.7%, and 10.4% percent growth respectively over the previous quarter (Q2 2017); and 12.7%, 13.0%, and 9.5% growth respectively over the same period last year (Q3 2016). 
 

Niger state recorded the highest loss in active internet subscriptions, declining 22.4% when compared with the previous quarter, and declining 18.7% when compared to the same period last year. 
  

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The South West region has the highest percentage of active mobile internet subscriptions at 33.3% with 31,013,481 subscriptions, this is followed by North Central at 19.2% with 17,891,050 subscriptions, and South South at 15.1% with 14,046,821 subscriptions.  South West and South South region recorded some growth when compared with the previous quarter, 7.8% and 5.1% growth, although active internet subscription in South South declined marginally by 0.1% when compared with the same period last year.  Subscriptions in the South West also grew by 7.6% when compared with the same period last year (Q3 2016), and along with the North East region, were the only two regions who recorded a growth in subscription when compared to the same period last year. 
 

The South West region has the highest percentage of active mobile internet subscriptions at 33.3% with 31,013,481 subscriptions, this is followed by North Central at 19.2% with 17,891,050 subscriptions, and South South at 15.1% with 14,046,821 subscriptions.  South West and South South region recorded some growth when compared with the previous quarter, 7.8% and 5.1% growth, although active internet subscription in South South declined marginally by 0.1% when compared with the same period last year.  Subscriptions in the South West also grew by 7.6% when compared with the same period last year (Q3 2016), and along with the North East region, were the only two regions who recorded a growth in subscription when compared to the same period last year. 
  

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In the South West region, Glo represents 34% of all active GSM internet subscriptions, while MTN represents 32%, Airtel 21%, and EMTS (9Mobile) represents 13% respectively.  Similarly, in the North Central region, Glo represents 38% of all active GSM internet subscriptions, MTN 30%, Airtel 17%, and EMTS (9Mobile) represents 15% respectively.  Together, these two regions, South West and North Central, account for 52.4% of all active GSM internet subscriptions. 
 

The distribution of licensed providers also varies across regions.  For the top two licensed GSM internet providers MTN and Glo, the South West region contributes 31% and 39% of their active GSM internet subscriptions, while the North West region is the second largest market for MTN at 18% of all active GSM internet subscriptions and the North Central region is the second largest market for Glo, contributing 26% of all its active GSM internet subscriptions.
  

Porting Activities
 
In the third quarter of 2017, total number of incoming and outgoing porting activities stood at 16,809 and 16,705, representing an increase of 0.57% and 3.38% respectively over the previous quarter.  EMTS is the largest beneficiary for incoming porting activities, accounting for 11,517 or 69% of the total incoming porting. Outgoing porting activities are more equally divided among three major service providers, MTN, GLO, and AIRTEL, each of which reported over 4000 outgoing porting activities in 2017 Q3.  Net porting activity for this quarter is low at 405.   

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Q1 2018

  1. Inequality in Nigeria Worsened Between 2004 and 2013 But Improved in 2016 – NBS
  2. FAAC Disburses N609.96bn in December 2017 – NBS

 

2017 NBS Reports

Q4 2017

  1. FAAC Disburses N532.76bn in November 2017 - NBS
  2. Unemployment Rate Rises to 18.8% in Q3 2017 from 16.2% in Q2 2017
  3. Average Intercity Bus Fare Increased by 14.78% MoM in November 2017
  4. Average Price of 1kg of Tomato Increased by 8.09% YoY in November 2017
  5. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas – November 2017
  6. Headline Inflation Drops to 15.90% in November 2017; 0.01% Lower Than 15.91% October Rate
  7. Banking Sector Records 213.69m Volume of Transactions in Q3 2017 - NBS
  8. Nigeria’s Merchandise Trade Grew Marginally Q-on-Q But Significantly Y-on-Y in Q3 2017
  9. 2,478 Road Traffic Crashes Recorded in Q3 2017 - NBS
  10. States Generate N149.45bn as IGR in Q3 2017 - NBS
  11. Total Value of Capital Imported into Nigeria in Q3 2017 Estimated at $4,145.1m - NBS
  12. FAAC Disburses N558.08bn in October 2017 -NBS
  13. GDP Grew by 1.40% in Q3’17 from 0.72% in Q2’17; 2nd Consecutive Quarter of Positive Growth
  14. Average Motorcycle Fare per Drop Increased by 4.52% YoY in October 2017
  15. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas – October 2017
  16. Headline Inflation Drops to 15.91% in October 2017, 0.07% Lower Than 15.98% September Rate
  17. Average Price of 1kg of Yam Tuber Increased by 10.22% YoY in October 20
  18. 596,792 Passengers Travelled Via the Rail System in Q2 2017 - NBS
  19. 7.71m Workers Are Registered Under the Pension Scheme as at Q3 2017 - NBS
  20. Daily Energy Generation Attained a Peak of 3,880MW in Q3 2017 - NBS
  21. FAAC Disburses N637.70bn in September 2017 - NBS
  22. GDP by Income and Expenditure Approach – Basic Price GDP Declined by 1.73% Real Term in Q4’16
  23. N246.30bn Generated as VAT in Q2 2017 - NBS
  24. Lagos State Has 7,396 Prison Inmates Population in 2016 - NBS
  25. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas - September 2017
  26. Average Air Fare Increased by 31.31% YoY in September 2017
  27. Average Price of 1kg of Yam Tuber Increased by 28.65% YoY in September 2017
  28. CPI Drops to 15.98% in Sept 2017, 0.03% Lower Than 16.01% August Rate
  29. Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016-17
  30. Pension Fund Asset under Management as at 31 December 2016 stood at N6,164.76bn - NBS
  31. 835.58m Crude Oil Processed from 1997 to 2014
  32. N701.85bn Gross Revenue Generated in July 2017

 

Q3 2017

  1. FAAC Disburses N467.85bn in August 2017 - NBS
  2. Lagos Accounted for 74.8% of International Passenger Traffic in Q2 2017
  3. Lagos State Has the Highest Foreign and Domestic Debts as at June 2017
  4. CPI Drops to 16.01% in August 2017, 0.04% Lower Than 16.05% July Rate
  5. Average Air Fare Increased by 32.75% YoY in August 2017
  6. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas - August 2017
  7. Average Price of 1kg of Yam Tuber Increased by 53.98% YoY in August 2017
  8. Nigeria’s Merchandise Trade Grew Marginally QoQ but Significantly YoY in Q2 2017
  9. 2,287 Drug Abuse Convictions Secured in 2016 - NBS
  10. Average Price of 1kg of Tomato Increased YoY by 15.65% in July 2017 - NBS
  11. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas - July 2017
  12. Average Intercity Fare Increased YoY by 27.49% in July 2017 - NBS
  13. CPI Drops to 16.05% in July 2017, 0.05% Lower Than 16.10% June Rate
  14. Total Value of Capital Imported into Nigeria in Q2 2017 Estimated at $1,792.3m - NBS
  15. FAAC Disburses N652.23bn in July 2017 - NBS
  16. Active Voice Subscribers Dropped by 6.67% in Q2 2017 – NBS
  17. Banking Sector Records 327.37m Volume of Transactions in Q2 2017 - NBS
  18. 870,397 Candidates Sat for NECO in June and July 2016
  19. 3,457 Nigerians Repatriated from Abroad in 2016 – NBS
  20. Corruption in Nigeria - Bribery as Experienced by the Population
  21. Nigeria Produced 656.8m Barrels of Crude Oil in 2016
  22. 2,503 Road Traffic Crashes Recorded in Q2 2017 - NBS
  23. Daily Energy Generation Attained a Peak of 4,079MW in Q2 2017 - NBS
  24. 7.59m Nigerians Are Registered Under the National Pension Scheme as at Q2’17 - NBS
  25. FAAC Disburses N462.36bn in June 2017 - NBS
  26. NBS Annual Abstract of Statistics 2016
  27. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas Price Watch - June 2017
  28. Average Intercity Transport Fare Decreases to N1,559.68 in Jun’17 from N1,565 in May’17
  29. Average Price Of 1kg Of Yam Tuber Increased YoY by 32.84% in June 2017 -NBS
  30. CPI Drops to 16.10% in June 2017, 0.15% Lower Than 16.25% May Rate

 

Q2 2017

  1. FAAC Disburses N418.82bn in May 2017 - NBS
  2. GDP By Income and Expenditure Approach – Basic Price GDP Declines by 2.3% in Q3’16 - NBS
  3. Average Price Watch of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas - May 2017
  4. Average Intercity Transport Fare Decreases to N1,5865. in May’17 from N1,587.04 in Apr’17
  5. Average Price Of 1kg Of Yam Tuber Increased YoY by 52.69% in May 2017 - NBS
  6. CPI Drops to 16.25% in May 2017, 0.99% Lower Than 17.24% April Rate
  7. N204.77bn Generated as VAT in Q1 2017 - NBS
  8. 125,790 Cases of Reported Offences Recorded in 2016 - NBS
  9. Labour Productivity Rose to N684.43 in 2016 - NBS
  10. Merchandise Trade Grew By 0.1% - Positive Trade Balance Due to Rising Exports & Falling Imports
  11. Unemployment Rate Rises to 14.2% in Q4’16 from 13.9% in Q3’16 - NBS
  12. Lagos Airport Accounted for 76.5% of International Passengers in Q1 2017 - NBS
  13. FAAC Disburses N496.39bn in April 2017 - NBS
  14. Banking Sector Records 304.31 mln Volume of Transaction in Q1 2017 - NBS
  15. Total Value of Capital Imported into Nigeria in Q1 2017 Estimated at $908.27m - NBS
  16. GDP Contracts by -0.52% in Q1’17 from -1.73% in Q4’16; 5th Consecutive Quarter of Contraction
  17. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas Price Watch – April 2017
  18. Average Intercity Transport Fare Increases to N1,587.04 in Apr’17 from N1,466.46 in Mar’17
  19. Average Prices of 1kg of Yam Tubber Increased by 42.45% YoY in April 2017
  20. CPI Drops to 17.24% in April 2017, 0.02% Lower Than 17.26% March Rate
  21. Lagos, Rivers Top IGR for Full Year 2016
  22. Telecoms Subscribers Dropped by 1.33% in Q1 2017 - NBS
  23. Nigeria Imports 4.05bn Litres of PMS in Q1 2017 - NBS
  24. Lagos State has the highest domestic and foreign debt profile in 2016 - NBS
  25. 2,556 Road Traffic Crashes Recorded in Q1 2017 - NBS
  26. FAAC Disburses N466.93bn in March 2017
  27. Daily Energy Generation Attained a Peak of 5,846 MW in Q1 2017 - NBS
  28. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas Price Watch - March 2017
  29. Average Intercity Transport Fare Increases to N1,466.46 in Mar’17 from N1,411.87 in Feb’17
  30. Average Prices of 1kg of Yam Tubber Increased by 63.4% YoY in March 2017
  31. CPI Drops to 17.26% in March 2017, 0.52% Lower Than 17.78% February Rate
  32. 7.49m Nigerians Are Registered Under the National Pension Scheme As At Q1 2017 - NBS
  33. Lagos Airport Accounted for 69.1% of International Passengers in 2016 - NBS

 

Q1 2017

  1. 11,363 Road Traffic Crashes Recorded in 2016 - NBS
  2. FAAC Disburses N514.15bn in February 2017
  3. FAAC Disburses N430.16bn in January 2017
  4. Average Intercity Transport Fare Decreases to N1,411.87 in Feb’17 from N1430.63 in Jan’17
  5. Average Price of 1kg of Rice Increased by 68% YoY in February 2017
  6. Average Prices of PMS, AGO, HHK and Cooking Gas Price Watch - February 2017
  7. CPI Drops to 17.78% in February 2017, 0.94% Lower Than 18.72% January Rate
  8. Nigeria Produced 43.49m Tons of Solid Minerals in 2016 - NBS
  9. NIPOST Generates N8.84bn Revenue in 2016 - NBS
  10. Q4 2016 Merchandise Trade Intensity - Total Trade Grows by 6.5% in 2016
  11. Merchandise Trade Grows in Q4 2016 - Records First Quarterly Positive Trade Balance Since Q4 2015
  12. GDP Contracts by -1.30% in Q4 and -1.51% for Full Year 2016; Is Nigeria on Its Way Out of Recession?
  13. JAMB Received 11.7m Applications Between 2010 and 2016
  14. Average Kerosene Price Increases to N433.84 in Jan'17 from N231.85 in Dec'16
  15. Average Intracity Transport Fare Increases to N122 in Jan'17 from N84.29 in Dec'16
  16. Average Cooking Gas Price Increases to N2,567.56 in Jan’17 from N2,002.16 in Dec’16
  17. Average Diesel Price Increases to N240.52 in Jan’17 from N196.20 in Dec’16
  18. Average Petrol Price Increases to N148.7 in Jan'17 from N146.7 in Dec'16
  19. CPI Rises to 18.72% in January 2017, 0.17% Higher Than 18.55% December 2016 Rate
  20. GENCOs Issued Total Invoice of N331bn to DISCOs in 2016
  21. Nigeria Produced 5.79 mln Tonnes of Fish Between 2010 and 2015
  22. 4,296 Applications Were Received by NAFDAC for New Products Registration in 2016 - NBS
  23. 19,833 Vessels Berthed At Nigerian Ports Between 2013 and 2016 - NBS
  24. Total Value of Capital Imported into Nigeria in Q4 2016 Estimated at $1,548.88mln - NBS
  25. Telecoms Sector Contributes N1,399bn to GDP in Q3 2016 - NBS
  26. FAAC Disburses N426.88bn in December 2016 - NBS
  27. Banking Sector Records 910.18m Volume of Transaction in 2016 on Electronic Payment Channels - NBS
  28. Daily Energy Generation Attained a Peak of 3,859.59MW in Q4 2016 - NBS
  29. 10.8% of Nigeria's Total Working Population Are Registered Under The National Pension Scheme - NBS
  30. Nigeria Imports 4.83 bn Litres of PMS in Q4 2016 - NBS
  31. 72.53% of Nigeria’s Prison Population in 2015 were Un-sentenced - NBS
  32. Lagos, Ogun Top IGR for H1 2016
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