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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Globacom Attains Second Largest Operator Position

Globacom has made substantive growth in its subscribers'
number by moving from 23 million subscribers in the first
quarter of the year to 27 million subscribers in the second
quarter, to become the second largest telecoms operator in
the country after MTN that had always maintained the
leadership position by subscriber number.
The Nigerian Communications Commission, yesterday,
released a new figure of telecoms subscribers on various
networks for the month of June, 2014, placing Globacom
ahead of Airtel that ranked second largest in the first quarter
of the year.
The new result, which was released on the NCC's website,
showed that MTN still maintained the leading position by
subscriber number of 56 million subscribers, followed by
Globacom with 27 million subscribers, and Airtel with 25
million subscribers. Etisalat, the fourth entrant into the GSM
market, still followed behind with an improved subscriber
number of 19 million.
From the result, it also showed that Globacom has reclaimed
the position of the second largest mobile service provider
which it conceded to Airtel during the first quarter of the
year. Globacom achieved the feat by recording 2.8 million
new subscribers between February and June this year, the
largest by any operator in the country within the period.
According to figures, MTN subscriber number dropped from
57 million in March 2014 to 56 million in June 2014, but still
maintained the market leader with the highest number of
subscribers on its network. Globacom which emerged second
largest operator, moved up from 23 million subscribers in
March 2014, to 27 million subscribers in June 2014. Like
MTN, Airtel also dropped from 25.5 million subscribers in
March 2014 to 25.3 million subscribers in June 2014, while
like Globacom, Etisalat also moved up from 18 million
subscribers in March 2014, to 19 million subscribers in June
2014.
The result show that MTN now has a 44 per cent market
share, Globacom has 21 per cent, Airtel, 20 per cent, while
Etisalat has 15 per cent.
In effect, between end of February and June end, Glo added
2,836,996 new subscribers to its network, while Etisalat
recorded 1,270,888 new customers. On the other hand, MTN
lost 666,986 subscribers, while Airtel also lost 892,176
customers.
Industry sources believe that the massive network upgrade
recently embarked upon by Glo and its bouquet of new
service offerings may have given it the edge over other
operators.
The network expansion involved swapping of old base
stations with new ones and modernisation of existing
infrastructure into a state-of-the-art network software and
hardware. It also involves achieving 90 per cent 3G
coverage, the first in the industry, making it possible for Glo
data subscribers across the country to experience significant
service enhancement.
In addition to pioneering latest technology in the industry,
Globacom has introduced unique products and affordable
tariff packages including Infinitiser, Glo Gista, Infinito, Profit
Max, Bumper and G-Bam.
Etisalat is believed to be making steady progress in the
industry, as a result if its new products that are geared
towards the Nigerian youths.

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