Thursday, 19 June 2014

Globacom Loses 2.5m Internet Subscribers, Etisalat Gain New Subscribers More Than Any Network

Despite the introduction of Glo Bolt by one of Nigeria’s leading network providers, Globacom, about 2, 427, 359 subscribers have dumped Globacom internet modems in the first quarter of 2014. This, according to statistics made available on the website of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), is the largest slump among the GSM operators in the country.
According to figures made available on the website of the NCC, in January 2014, Globacom had 15,109,791 subscribers on its internet subscriber base; an improvement from its 14,321,019 internet subscriber base in December 2013.
However, the network provider’s slump began in February 2014 when it lost 201, 682 subscribers, thereby seeing its internet subscription base shrink to 14,908,109. In March, 2014, the slump took a colossal downward dip when a total of 2, 225, 677 subscribers left the network, thereby bringing the total number of subscribers that have left the network to 2, 427, 359. Other network providers had mixed subscription details as Etisalat was the best gainer among the rest of the pack.

Etisalat internet subscription details reveal that in January 2014, the network provider had a total of 6,364,573 internet subscribers. The figure increased from that to 6,503,780 in March 2014.
MTN also witnessed a slight growth from what it had in January, which stood at 33,327,955. The figure jumped to 33,940,628 in March 2014.
Airtel had contrasting figures as its 11,065,534 January internet subscriber base slumped to 9,647,217 in February, but later bounced back to 10,847,187 by the close of first quarter of 2014. Efforts to get the spokesman of Globacom, Mr. Bode Opeseyi proved abortive as text messages sent to his mobile phone were not replied as at the time of filling in this report.
It would be recalled that Globacom recently introduced a new super-fast Internet service to address the challenges of internet usage in the country.
Globacom said that the Internet service, Glo Bolt, would run on HSPA network backed by the revolutionary GLO 1 International Submarine Cable.
Mr Adewale Sangowanwa, Executive Director in the company, who unveiled the product at a press conference in Lagos, said that Glo Bolt, would allow subscribers to witness a thrilling new experience in data usage.
“With the interconnectivity of Glo Bolt with GLO 1 cable and subsequent network upgrade, the new service offers users unparalleled internet speed, connectivity and reliability. “We understand the frustration of Nigerian Internet users and recognise the potential of the Internet in driving growth and development, we are confident Glo Bolt will help in both regards,” he said.
Mr Niyi Olukoya, Globacom Marketing Coordinator, said that the service was also enhanced with two features of “Share Subscription and Gift Subscription”. “These features enable subscribers to share their subscriptions or send subscription as gift; this is the first time any mobile Internet service provider is introducing such a feature,” he said. Olukoya said that Glo Bolt would revolutionise the Internet service market because of the phenomenal capacity of GLO 1 Submarine Cable.
“The facility has a bandwidth capacity of 640 gigabyte, scalable to 2.4 terabyte, and guaranteed 99 per cent uptime reliability. “Glo Bolt has been enabled to out-perform competing products in the market because of the superior network quality of GLO 1,” he said. On subscription plans, Olukoya explained that the sharing feature offered the subscriber convenience and affordability by enabling sharing of Internet subscription with friends and family instead of buying multiple subscriptions. “This revolutionary new service will put an end to down time experience in many parts of the country and improve productivity,” he said.

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