Glo Overtakes Airtel,Now Nigeria's 2nd Largest Gsm Company

National telecommunications operator, Globacom, has moved to the position of the second largest mobile service provider in the country beating Airtel to the third place.
According to figures just published by industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on its website, Glo had 27,327,646 subscribers on its network as at the end of June, 2014. The figure translates to 21% share of the Nigerian telecoms market, and places Glo second to MTN which has 56,516,759.
Globacom who conceded the position to Airtel a few months ago achieved the feat by recording  2.8M new subscribers between February and June, this year, the largest by any operator in Nigeria  within the  period. 
Airtel which occupied the second position briefly early this year falls to the third place with 25,302,160 subscribers and 20% market share. Etisalat retains the fourth position with 19,390,285 customers which represents 15% share of the market.
Instructively, while Glo and Etisalat made gains between the last time NCC released subscriber figures in February, and now, MTN and Airtel recorded losses. The figures for the operators as at the end of February were 57,183,745 for MTN, 26,194,336 for Airtel, 24,490,650 for Glo and 18,119,397 for Etisalat.
In effect, between end of February and June end, Glo added 2,836,996 new subscribers to its network, while Etisalat recorded 1,270,888 new customers. On the other hand, MTN lost 666,986 subscribers, while Airtel also lost 892,176 customers, the highest loss within the period.
Glo also retained its position as the network with the second largest internet subscription in the country with 14.3m active subscriptions. MTN is in the first place with 34m, while Airtel and Etislat have 12m and 6.8m active internet subscriptions respectively.
Industry sources believe that the massive network upgrade recently embarked upon by Glo and its bouquet of new service offerings may have given it the edge over other operators.
The network expansion involved swapping of old base stations with new ones and modernization of existing infrastructure into a state-of-the-art network software and hardware. It also involves achieving 90 percent 3G coverage, the first in the industry, making it possible for Glo data subscribers across the country to experience significant service enhancement.
Glo has since inception been reputed for fast pace of deployment, efficient services, array of value added services as well as strong and unique marketing initiatives.
In addition to pioneering latest technology in the industry, Glo has introduced unique products and affordable tariff packages including Infinitiser, Glo Gista, Infinito, Profit Max, Bumper and G-Bam.
The company recently continued this tradition with the launch of new products such as Glo Jollof, Glo Ringa, Glo IDD Packs, 3-in-1 Recharge, Borrow me credit, Data Gifting, Data Sharing, Glo Lifestyle portal, Glo Entertainment portal and Glo Family and Friends finder.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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