Globacom, Nigeria’s second largest telecommunications firm, says it recorded the highest number of new subscribers in the industry in February 2019 as contained in the Nigerian Communications Commission statistics.
In a statement on Sunday, the company said its consistent network upgrade paid off as it gained 400,879 subscribers to top the gainers’ table for the month under review.
Globacom attributed its growing subscriber base to its consistent network upgrade, saying it had led to an overall increase in quality of service.
This was followed by 9mobile, which gained 345,264 subscribers to take the second spot on the table, just as Airtel took the third spot on the gainers’ table by attracting only 4,559 new users in the month of February 2019.
On its part, MTN suffered a loss of 1,099,480 subscribers in the month under review.
With the latest NCC statistics, Globacom said it had narrowed the gap between it and MTN and widened its lead over Airtel and 9mobile.
According to the report, Globacom now has 46,004,517 customers against Airtel’s 44,975,532. Globacom leads the third largest operator by 1,028,985 subscribers in February.
The statement read in part, “In January, Glo had 632,665 users more than Airtel, as the figure for the two operators stood at 45,603,638 for Globacom and 44,970,973 for Airtel. While Globacom grew by 0.87 per cent in February, Airtel grew by 0.01 per cent in the same month.
“9mobile’s subscriber base stood at 16,730,581 in February after adding 345,264 subscribers (2.1 per cent) to its base of 16,385,317 in January. While Glo led 9mobile by 29,218,321 subscribers in January, the gap widened to a 29,273,936 in February 2019.
Globacom said it had been experiencing a steady positive growth for several months.
Citing the month of November 2018, it said the network ramped up 1,691,133 customers within one month to gross 43,273,188 subscribers by the end of that month from the 41,582,055 subscribers it had at the end of October 2018.
According to it, this further increased to 45,255,297 in December 2018 and 45,603,638 in January 2019.