A total number of 297,623 lines was added to
Nigeria’s internet subscriber base in one month,
courtesy of grandmasters of data, Globacom,
which moved from 26,887,929 data customers in
September to 27,185,552 in October.
This was gleaned from telecom industry
statistics published on the website of Nigerian
Communications Commission (NCC) which
showed that Globacom was the only network
that recorded an increase in its internet
subscriber base in the month of October, 2016.
On the contrary, MTN and Etisalat had their
subscriber figures whittled down during the
period, while Airtel did not record any increase in
the month under review.
Globacom’s increase in internet subscriber base
has, therefore, reconfirmed its position as the
number one company in Nigeria’s data market,
thus living up to the payoff, “Grand masters of
It will be recalled that Globacom became the
first network to launch a nationwide rollout of
the 4G LTE advanced network in October through
which subscribers on the Glo network have been
enjoying instant efficient broadband internet
connectivity across the country.
The NCC report further showed that the total
number of internet users on the networks of the
four major operators dropped from 93.5m in
September to 93.1m in October, a reduction of
During the period, MTN lost 306,480, moving
from 32,771,259 million internet subscribers on
its network in September to 32,464,779 in
Also, Etisalat moved from15, 062,650 internet
subscribers in September to 14,693,492 in
October, dropping 369,158 subscribers. Airtel,
however retained the same figure of 18,832,238
million internet users in September and October
The report also revealed that the CDMA
operators lost 13,664 internet users, moving
down from 51,973 recorded in September to
38,309 in October.