Nigeria’s mobile subscribers less than 100m – Report

30 November 2018


Despite a whopping 161 million subscriptions recorded as at the end of last September, number of persons using mobile phones in Nigeria is still less than 100 million, New Telegraph has learnt.

This is according to the report of a recent survey by Research ICT Africa (RIA), which pointed out that 51 percent of mobile subscribers in the country own more than one SIM card.

The study, which suggests that mobile penetration is still low in Nigeria contrary to the general belief of over 100 per cent penetration, declared specifically that 42 per cent of mobile users in Nigeria own two SIMs, while six per cent own three SIMs. Three per cent of mobile users in Nigeria own more than three SIMs according to the survey, while only 49 per cent own one SIM.

Research ICT Africa conducted ICT access and use surveys in seven African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania as part of a 16 country Global South survey called “After Access”. The report titled ‘The State of ICT in Nigeria 2018’, stated that compared to other countries surveyed, Nigeria ranked fourth out of seven countries on mobile phone penetration. “This is lower than mobile penetration in Kenya, South Africa and Ghana, whose penetration rates are also substantially lower than the reported ITU rate, due to multiple active SIMs cards being counted as unique subscribers in the administrative data that operators supply to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)” the report said. Read the full article on New Telegraph here.