Are more people deliberately trying to stay off the grid or have they dropped their alternative phone lines?

Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

But according to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC active mobile voice subscriptions on the MTN, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom networks crashed from 154.7 million in January to 140.4 million in October 2017.

This shows that 14.3 million active network users have been lost within 10 months.

Although Airtel and Globacom gained 422,925 and 190,031 new subscribers between January and October, respectively, MTN and 9mobile lost 11,528,125 and 3,400,894 subscribers, accordingly.

9mobile started the year with 20,521,952 active subscribers and by October, it had 17,121,058 subscribers remaining on its network, representing 12.2% market share.

MTN’s subscriber figures dropped from 62,248,827 network users in January to 50,720,702 subscribers in October, representing 36.14% market share.

The loss of subscribers is not entirely surprising. The use of internet based messaging and voice services have become more rampant.

Investors in the industry have warned of a loss in revenue due to increased usage of Over-the-Top Internet voice applications such as Whatsapp, Skype, and Facebook Messenger that offer instant messaging and voice calls to subscribers globally.

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