Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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Glo records fastest growing internet subscriber base in Nigeria

Globacom has emerged the fastest growing telecoms operator in Nigeria as regards internet subscriptions, a new industry report has stated.

The telecoms firm was the only network that recorded an increase in its Internet subscriber base in the last quarter of 2015, the report, released by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, said.

An analysis of the newly-published statistics showed that Globacom alone recorded an increase in its Internet subscriber base in the last quarter of 2015.

The telecoms firm had 23,285,454 Internet users in October, 24,952,559 in November and 25,082,066 in December. This is an addition of 3.2 million new Internet subscribers in the quarter, NCC said.

The three other competitors- MTN, Airtel and Etisalat, lost subscribers within the stipulated period.

While MTN started with a total of 41,835,294 Internet subscribers at the beginning of October 2015, it had 39,924,737 data subscribers at the end of December. This is a loss of about two million customers within the period under review.

In the same vein, Airtel, which kicked off the quarter with 17,730,955 Internet customers, closed with 16,835,952, recording a loss totalling about 900,000 subscribers.

Etisalat, like MTN and Airtel, also lost 408,282 Internet customers, having started the quarter with 15,598,070 data subscribers and ending with 15,189,788 subscribers.

The report said Globacom recorded the highest number of Internet users in September 2015, adding 1,130,850 new internet subscribers to its network.

This increased the number of data users on the network from 20,765,379 in August to 21,896,229 data users the following month.

It’s also worthy to note that Globacom’s over one million new addition was higher than the total number of new Internet consumers who joined the three other major telecoms operators. MTN, Airtel and Etisalat gained a total of 716,450 new Internet subscribers in September.

Globacom, having introduced new internet data subscription plans of late are now believed to be in the clear lead in new data subscriber acquisition in Nigeria.

Its improved Internet service delivery and unmatched pricing policy are believed to have contributed to this feat.