The data war among telecommunications companies in Nigeria continued in the month of May, as the industry’s total subscribers dwindled by 0.90%.
The face-off between MTN Nigeria, Glo, Airtel Nigeria and 9mobile led to a loss of 1.27 million subscribers as customers dumped the telcos in search of better data deals.
Analysis of industry report showed that no network gained between April and May, as they all lost a part of their market share, with Airtel being the biggest loser, while 9mobile recorded the lowest.
MTN ended the month as the marker leader, but its grip on the data market loosened, while Glo retained its second market share ahead of its closest rival, Airtel.
How They Performed in May
The end of May saw Airtel lose 906,669 from its subscriber base which dropped to 36.12 million in one month, against the 37.02 million it ended April with.
MTN was the second highest loser of the month under review, as 243,203 subscribers dumped the network in May, cutting its total data users to 60.20 million from April’s 60.44 million.
Glo’s data subscribers also dwindled in the month of May, as 118,730 subscribers left the telco, reducing Globacom’s customer base from 37.71 million in April to 37.59 million a month after.
9mobile, which has the smallest data users in the telecoms market, recorded the lowest loss in the industry for the month of May as its data subscriber base dropped to 6.21 million from April’s 6.22 million – shedding 6,594 subscribers.
Why The Constant Losses?
Data cost in Africa is the highest in the world, and Nigeria sits on number 43 on the global ranking. This makes subscribers in the country continually roaming the industry for affordability.