Globacom Overtakes Airtel, Becomes Nigeria’s 2nd Largest Network
Nigeria telecom operator, Globacom has emerged as the second biggest Global System for Mobile Communications company in Nigeria by the number of subscribers holding 26% market share.
Industry statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission showed that Globacom displaced Airtel, which now owns a 25% market share as of November 2018.
However, MTN Nigeria remains the biggest network provider in the country with 40% market share while the fourth mobile network operator, 9mobile, holds 9% market share.
As of November 2018, Globacom has 154,034 more subscribers than Airtel.
There has been a struggle between the two major network operators in the country, to clinch and sustain the position of the second biggest telco in Nigeria.
In the past 11 months, analysis of the data obtained from the NCC indicated that Airtel was the second largest telecoms service provider for five months intermittently.
The five months are January, February, August, September and October in 2018, according to the NCC data.
Globacom also held the position as the second largest network provider by market share for six consecutive months this year.
According to the NCC subscriber data, the months are March, April, May, June, July and November.
Analysts said the two telecoms operators were competing to retain their existing subscribers and attract new ones to their networks by coming up with different tariff plans and promo offers.
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