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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Enjoying Internet Services In Nigeria Has Never Been This Easy


Latest report by the telecoms industry regulator has reaffirmed Globacom as market leader in internet services in Nigeria. The industry statistics for the first quarter of 2016 revealed that Globacom had a total of 26,530,420 data subscribers as at March 31, 2016, indicating an addition of 1,448,354 new customers in the first three months of the year. In January, the company garnered 354,178 new data users, 248,593 in February and 845, 583 in March.

The total figures recorded by Globacom represent 80 percent of the total number of 1,820, 651 new data users who subscribed to internet services provided by the four major telecom operators in the country from January to March 2016. This steady increase in data subscribers for Globacom has been ascribed to the company’s recent improvement in network quality and its continuous development of new offerings that offer unbeatable values to various market segments. Some of these offerings are the Campus Booster, Twin Bash and attractive data plans.

However, the figures for the other operators are not as cheery. Within the first quarter of 2016, Airtel recorded a total of 319, 229 new data users, while Etisalat pulled 53, 068 new internet users. Both networks account for the remaining 20 percent of new internet users for the first three months of this year. The worst hit was MTN which lost over 6,500,000 internet users during the period. The network began the quarter with 39, 924, 737 data users on its network and ended it with 33,356,595.

Globacom has in recent time  remained consistent as the preferred choice for new internet subscribers. For instance, at the end of last quarter of 2015, it was the only network that recorded an increase in its internet subscriber base with an addition of 3.2m new internet subscribers. MTN, Airtel and Etisalat all lost data subscribers. MTN lost almost 2 million subscribers, Airtel lost close to 900,000 subscribers, while Etisalat lost 408,282 subscribers.

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