By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Globacom added over a million new internet users on its network in April this year and thus retained its position as the second largest data service provider in the country.
According to data posted on the website of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Globacom had 19,690,526 subscribers surfing the net with its network in April, up from 18,617,607 users in March.
Globacom therefore gained a total of 1,072,919 additional internet users during the period under review. This increase translates to 67.58 per cent of total number of new internet subscriber figure of 1,587,514 for the telecom networks for the month of April.
On the other hand, the NCC data showed that MTN lost 384,487 internet subscribers in April, after it recorded 39,520,285 users, down from 39,904,772 in March this year. Airtel Nigeria, it said, had 17.2 million internet users in April, as against 16,603,147 customers recorded in March. The data showed that internet users on the Airtel Nigeria network increased by 669,518 in April.
For Etisalat, 10.4 million of its customers browsed the internet in April, against the 10,189,568 users in March, showing an increase of 231,661 in the new month.
NCC said the number of subscribers browsing the internet on Nigeria’s telecoms networks increased to 87,055,484 in April, up from 85,467,970 users in March.
The data showed that the increase of 1,587,514 internet users during the period was on both the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks in April.
The recent internet subscriber acquisition by Globacom could be linked to the recent massive upgrade and modernization of the operator’s network across the country. The network enhancements have increased the capacity of the network and significantly boosted service quality levels.
Globacom also recently introduced a number of innovative initiatives which give more value for money for the various services the operator provides. One of such was the recently concluded Overload promo which gave subscribers 400 percent bonus for data bundle subscription on renewals of N2000 and above.
“Each party will pursue numerous significant activities such as effective classroom trainings, fieldwork, physical activities and community development projects to mention a few,” she added.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Valentine Aletor, described the initiative as a timely intervention to address major challenges such as human capital deficit and corruption practice in the power sector.
Aletor said, “VIPL-EU joint initiative is to engender government-industry-university partnership in research and innovation for the projection of local initiatives, which would ultimately lead to the building of home-made alternative, indigenous technologies that are easily adaptable to solving the emerging technical and engineering problems that have bedevilled electricity generation and distribution in Nigeria.
He also noted that the partnership would serve as a major incentive to improve the university’s drive for global excellence in technological innovation, adding that the second phase of the programme would focus on the “production of light equipment and accessories to effect minor routine repairs within the power sector.”