Mobile Network Operators’ Assets In Nigeria Hit N1.95 Trillion

Total assets base of mobile operators in Nigeria increased by 130 per
cent between 2017, and 2018, hitting N1.95 trillion last year, from
N847.97 billion.These assets include all facilities that make
communications seamless in Nigeria, like the base transceiver stations,
fibre cables, network operation centre, data centres, among others.

According
to the 2018 Subscribers/Network Data report by the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC), MTN’s asset, which stood at N36.1
billion in 2017, increased to N999.5 billion in 2018.

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Globacom’s
asset rose from N439.1 billion to N552.4 billion; Airtel N285.1 billion
to N360.3 billion; EMTS N25.5 billion to N27. 3 billion; Smile N29.1
billion to N22.9 billion, and Ntel N36.03 billion to N47.9 billion

The
85-Page document showed that the total number of staff reported by the
mobile operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, EMTS, Smile and Ntel) as at
December, 2018 were a total of 7,567; 188 expatriates and 7,379
Nigerians. Further breakdown in this category revealed that 4,926 of the
Nigerian staff are male while the outstanding 2,453 are female.
Similarly, 185 are male expatriates and three are female expatriates.

Furthermore,
as at the period under review, MTN had employed 130 males, 568 females,
which are Nigerians, while expatriates included 15 males and one
female. Glo employed 2,199 males, and 941 females with 160 expatriates,
which were a male and two females. India’s Bharti Airtel only had six
expatriates, with local workforce made up of 416 males and 167
females.EMTS, trading as 9Mobile in the country, had one expatriate, who
is a male, while other employees, who are Nigerians, include 809 males
and 585 females.

Smile, according to NCC, had three expatriate,
which are males as last December, while 123 males and 83 females. On its
part, Ntel had 249 males, and 109 females.In the areas of revenue, NCC
statistics showed that the mobile operators as at last December recorded
total revenue of N1, 784,754,010,000. This reflected an increase of
13.9 per cent from N1, 569,861,900,000 revenue reported in 2017.

Specifically,
MTN, which had N884 billion in 2017, rose to N1, 037 trillion in 2018.
Globacom rose from N157.2 billion to N165.9 billion; Airtel from N315.2
billion to N399.5 billion. 9Mobile had N195.7 billion in 2017 but went
down to N166.9 billion in 2018.Smile Communications Limited in 2018
recorded N11.1 billion from N8.9 billion in 2017, and Ntel fell as well
from N8.5 billion to N4.4 billion.

The 2018 NCC report showed
that the total operating cost as at December 2018 for the mobile
operators stood at N1, 461,019, 890, 000. This illustrates a growth of
0.6 per cent from revenue figures reported in 2017, which was N1,
452,302,550,000.MTN, which controls 38 per cent of the market, rose from
N685.5 billion to N768.4 billion; Glo from N56.1 billion to N165. 2
billion; Airtel from N264.5 billion to N284.1 billion; EMTS has N304.6
billion in 2017 and N217.1 billion in 2018; Smile N32.3 billion to N12.3
billion, and Ntel N9.2 billion to N13.9 billion within the period.

Further
analysis of the data showed the total volume of data consumed by
Nigerian subscribers increased by 50 per cent to 68,154.12 terabytes in
December 2018 from 45,450.26 terabytes a year earlier.According to NCC,
as of December 2018, the total active Internet subscriptions for the
mobile segment was 112.06 million reflecting a 7.2 per cent increase
from 98.69 million reported in December 2017.

Three of the four
major GSM operators reported growth in subscription between December
2017 and December 2018.The 2018 data report showed that subscribers to
Airtel Internet services grew by 24.1 per cent; MTN subscribers rose by
21.7 per cent and Globacom Internet users grew by 3.9 per cent.

However,
9mobile’s Internet subscription declined by 1.38 per cent during the 12
months under review.The regulator attributed declined subscription on
the 9mobile network to low gross sales experienced within the year.The
mobile market segment, according to NCC, accounted for 111.63 million of
the total active mobile Internet subscriptions as of December 2018.The
broadband penetration figure as of December 2018 stood at 31.48 per cent
with total active 3G subscriptions at 47.33 million and 4G at 12.76
million. The data showed that tele-density increased from 103.61 per
cent in December 2017 to 123.48 per cent in December 2018.

Source:- Guardianng

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