Reports from telecoms industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), indicate that national career, Globacom, gained 68% of new internet subscribers who browsed with their phones in April this year.
In an overview of the entire industry, NCC said the number of subscribers browsing the internet on Nigeria’s telecoms networks increased to 87,055,484 in April, up from 85,467,970 users in March. The increase of 1,587,514 internet users during the period was on both the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks.
According to the report, Globacom had 19,690,526 subscribers surfing the net with its network in April, a significant rise from the 18,617,607 users in March. This shows that the operator gained a total of 1,072,919 additional internet users on its network during the period covered by the report.
This increase translates to 67.58% of the total number of new internet subscriber figure of 1,587,514 for the telecom networks for the month under review.
On the other hand, the NCC data showed that MTN lost 384,487 internet subscribers in April, after it recorded 39,520,285 users, down from 39,904,772 in March 2015. Airtel Nigeria, it said, had 17.2 million internet users in April, as against 16,603,147 customers recorded in March. The data showed that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network increased by 669,518 in April.
The fourth operator Etisalat had 10.4 million of its customers browsing the internet in April, against the 10,189,568 users in March. This shows an increase of 231,661 in the new month.
Industry observers believe that the latest addition of more internet subscribers to Globacom could be a result of the recent massive upgrade and modernization of the company’s network across the country. The project has increased the capacity of the network and significantly boosted service delivery.
Moreover, Glo recently introduced a number of innovations which give more value for money for the various services it provides. One of such initiatives was the recently concluded Overload promo which gave subscribers 400 percent bonus for data bundle subscription on renewal of N2000 and above.