Nigeria's mobile subscriber base reached 62.99 million at the end of 2008, up 55.9 percent annually. The country's regulator, the NCC said on a quarterly basis, net additions stood at 7.15 million, only just short of the national record of 7.38 million, set in Q2 2008.
According to the regulator, market leader MTN had 23.08 million customers at the end of the year, after having seen a quarterly increase of 2.91 million. In second place, Zain had just under 17.2 million customers. It overtook Glo Mobile in the third quarter last year, due to the latter's loss of customers. In the fourth quarter, Zain posted a net gain of 1.29 million customers, more than double Glo's additions of 0.63 million. At the end of the year, Glo had just over 16 million customers.
With 2.21 million customers at the end of the year, Visafone was the largest CDMA operator in the country and the fourth largest network operator overall. It added 0.98 million customers in the quarter, only its fourth of commercial mobile service.
Meanwhile, Multi-Links added 0.51 million to finish at 1.99 million customers, Starcomms gained 0.36 million to 1.16 million and Reliance added 0.07 million to finish on 0.70 million in its second quarter of operation. The CDMA sector totals 6.05 million customers. The country also counted another 1.31 million fixed wireless lines.