Sixty-eight percent of all the new internet data subscriptions on telecom networks in Nigeria in April were made on Nigeria’s National Telecommunications Carrier, Globacom, the Nigerian Communications commission (NCC) has said.
The current Monthly Internet Subscriber Data by the industry regulator showed that Glo gained over a million new internet users on its network in April, 2015, thus retaining its position as the second largest data service provider in the country.
Specifically, Glo had 19,690,526 subscribers browsing on its network in April, a sharp rise from 18,617,607 users in March. This shows a gain of 1,072,919 additional internet users on its network during the period covered by the report.
This is equivalent to 67.58% of total number of new internet subscriber figure of 1,587,514 for all the telecom networks for April.
Conversely, 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.
Etisalat also saw its internet users rise to 10.4 million from 10,189,568 users in March, which is an increase of 231,661.
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 data showed that 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 in April.
It is thought that the recent massive network upgrade and modernization carried out across the country by Glo may have been partly responsible for the rush by subscribers to use its data. The network enhancements have increased the capacity of the network and significantly boosted service quality levels.