Telecommunication company, Glo proved itself by winning the internet supremacy Challenge for the first quarter (Q1) of the year
Nigeria’s major network providers, MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile have continued their battle for internet supremacy in the first quarter of 2020 (Q1), although Globacom came out stronger during the same period.
The industry data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), discloses that internet subscribers hit 135 million In Q1, which is approximately 19.9 million increase from the previous year. The data further revealed that among the network providers, Glo received a larger share of internet subscriptions in Q1 2020. It had over 4.9 million subscribers.
MTN followed suit with 3.16 million internet subscribers, a 19.4% YOY increase from 2.6 million in 2019. Airtel recorded a 55% increase from 1.45 million internet subscribers in 2019 and 2.3 million subscribers in 2020.
9mobile, on the other hand, continues to record a decrease in subscribers. Over the last three years, the company lost about 306,107 subscribers. In 2019 alone, the network provider lost approximately 277,427 subscribers.
According to NCC, MTN’s subscribers hit 57.2 million in Q1 2020, but MTN’s report for the same period put active data subscribers at 26.8 million, which literally means that only about 30 million internet users are active.
For Airtel, the network provider currently has over 36.8 million internet subscriptions. It recorded 16.7 million active data subscribers in Q1 2020 and over 20.1 million inactive users. In Q1 2020, MTN was able to gather ₦227.6 billion ($587.5 million) from voice calls and SMS, which is almost five times the amount it generated from data. Nigeria alone accounted for $234 million (₦90.6 billion) and $120 million (₦46.6 billion) of the company’s voice and data revenues respectively.