Wednesday, 11 May 2016

BREAKING NEWS::Globacom widens lead as preferred data services provider

Globacom widens lead as
preferred data services

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
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