Although competition within the Nigerian telecommunication space has always been stiff, latest data seen by Nairametrics indicated that the competition is getting stiffer.
Telecommunications operators, especially within the data section, are giving one another a hot chase. Gone are the times when the most important telecommunication firm automatically retains the highest position. Recently, companies that were once described as fringe players are catching up really fast in terms of attracting new subscribers monthly .
For instance, in May 2020, Glo took other operators all of sudden , dwarfing them to steer the chart because the telco with the very best number of subscribers during a month when it gained 8.302 million data subscribers. The indigenous telco grew from 28.934 million in December 2019 to 37.236 million by the top of May 2020, while MTN gained 4.75 million data subscribers. Airtel, which wont to be the second-highest in subscriber growth after MTN, recorded 2.795 million. Unfortunately, 9mobile lost 812,827 subscribers within an equivalent period.
MTN regains top position
According to data released by the Nigerian Communication Commission for the amount ending June 2020, Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunication company, MTN, gained 1.74 million data subscribers against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.
Also, at the top of June 2020, the entire number of knowledge subscribers on MTN data network rose to 60.60 million from the 58.86 million it recorded in May. this suggests the telco added 1.74 million data subscribers.
Glo attracted more subscribers, outshining Airtel (subscribers base) for the primary time in years
Despite a challenging year for Globacom in terms of its data subscriber base, the telco took industry watchers all of sudden , as its subscriber base chased, met and overtook Airtel’s In June 2020.
For the primary time in years, the once second largest telco (subscribers base) lost its position to the indigenous company because the latter increased its base from 34.24 million in May to 37.97 by the top of June 2020. The Indian-owned telco only managed to extend its base from 37.32 million to 37.57 million within an equivalent period.
On the opposite hand, 9mobile ended the month without attracting any data subscriber. consistent with the NCC data, 9mobile continues its steady decline, as a complete of 16,000 subscribers dumped the network for others when it fell from 7.26 million subscribers to 7.10 million within an equivalent period.
In terms of market share, Glo is now trailing behind MTN, because the latter expanded its overall market share in June.
At the top of June 2020, MTN’s total data market share rose further to 60.60 million subscribers. On the opposite hand, Glo had 37.97 million, followed by Airtel’s 37.57 million and 9mobile’s 7.10 million.
Internet remains slow in Nigeria despite the arrival of 4G network
The advent of 4G/LTE within the global telecom industry was amid the expectation of fast internet speed. The 4G is that the fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology, succeeding 3G. Potential and current applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing, and 3D television.
While GSM companies still jostle for market share, it’s often come at the expense of poor service and lack of accountability. Quite frankly, as a mean internet user in Nigeria, one is typically left at the mercy of poor mobile internet services which frustrate one to hunt limited alternatives.
Nigeria’s internet download speed remains among the slowest within the world, and while the telcos still shovel in heavy gains from data sales, consumers still groan for lack of fast and affordable internet services.