Abuja - Local mobile network clients appear to have embraced the
mobile number portability (MNP) scheme the Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC) introduced last year.
According to figures released by the industry regulator,
a total of 14 183 telecom users engaged in porting-out activities across
the networks in April, as against the 13 383 recorded in March.
Globacom, the national mobile network operator, recorded
the most gains during the current porting exercise for March and April this
The report showed that 3 212 subscribers ported to
Globacom from other networks in March, while the number of subscribers who
switched to Glo platform from other operators in April was 7 955, giving a
total of 11 167 for the two months.
Airtel came second with a total gain of 8 565 for the two
months. The company gained 5 749 porting subscribers in March, while 2 816
subscribers joined it from other operators in April.
Etisalat was next with 3 016 porting subscribers in
March, while its April figure was 3 280, making a total of 6 296 new customers
from other networks.
For MTN, the figure for March was 1 780, while that of
April was 552, making a total of 2 332 subscribers who ported into the network
from other service providers.
The porting activities showed that telecom users were
most comfortable with the services of Globacom, hence the movement of most
subscribers from other networks to its network.
Globacom recently embarked on a massive network expansion
and technical network upgrade project which had significantly enhanced the
quality of customer experience on the network.
The expansion project involves network upgrade and
overhaul of infrastructure across the country as well as expansion and
densification projects that will on completion cater for its existing and
NCC introduced mobile number portability last year with
the aim of deepening competition in the industry amid consumers complaining of inadequate
services from the operators.
The exercise enables users to retain their mobile numbers
despite changing networks.
– CAJ News
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