Globacom, recorded the highest data penetration among the four major operators in the telecommunications industry for the first quarter of 2017.
In the report covering the first three months of year 2017 must released by industry regulators, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Globacom recorded a total number of 27,021,200 internet users on its network. This translates to 72% of the total number of subscribers on its network which stood at 37,328,827 at the end of the quarter.
The data penetration rate of 72% figure is more than the industry average of 59%. The total number of internet users in the industry stood at 90,003,101 as at the end of Quarter1 compared to a total of 152,216,763 subscribers in the industry.
Etisalat was second with a data penetration of 68% as it had 13,008,481 data users out of a total subscriber base of 19,621,806. Airtel came third with 56% internet penetration. Data users on its network as at March, 2017 was 19,423,760, out of the total 34,656,605 subscribers on its network.
MTN recorded the least penetration of data users on its network in comparison with the total number of subscribers using the network. Only 30,519,351 or 51% of its 60,391,959 customers subscribed to its data services.
Globacom has in the last two years maintained its position as the preferred network for data services. The network added half a million customers to its internet subscriber base in the last one year. The steady growth in the number of data subscribers on the network is remarkable when considered alongside the dwindling number of internet users recorded by the industry in the last one year. The figure which stood at 92,409,962 as at March, 2016, fell to 90,003,101 by March, 2017. MTN and Etisalat accounted for most of the losses, having shed 2,837,244 and 2,234,375 data customers respectively during the period.