Airtel Emerges Fastest Growing Data Operator in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria; June 28th, 2013: Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria has emerged the fastest growing Internet/data operator in Nigeria based on a recent study carried out by industry regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
According to the report, covering the period of June 2012 to March 2013, and published on the NCC's corporate website, www.ncc.gov.ng, Airtel recorded a 92% increase in its internet customer base while the closest operator grew only by 41%. Two other major operators recorded de-growth of 35% and 2%.
Commenting on the report entitled Internet Subscriber Data (June 2012 – March 2013), Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, said the report confirms the company's leadership position as a provider of reliable and fast 3.75G network coverage to telecoms consumers, adding that Airtel currently has the widest data/internet footprint in the country.
“It is a greatly satisfying to see that telecoms consumers in Nigeria are beginning to realize that Airtel has the widest and most reliable 3.75G network in the country. I want to specially thank all our customers for the confidence they have reposed on us. As a network, we approach service delivery with a sense of constructive discontent. This means that we are not carried away by our excellent performances, we always seek new ways to make our customers feel better,” he said.
In the last 33 months, Airtel Networks Limited has invested over $1.7bn dollars to expand and deepen its network capacity and quality in Nigeria, in pursuit of world class Quality of Service (QoS). Consequently, the Telco had taken a significant step to deepen its network capacity and coverage with the roll-out of 3.75G platforms, offering high speed mobile Internet, across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. Airtel is the only operator that has 3.75G network coverage in every state in Nigeria.
Airtel also holds the singular distinction of being the first Telco in Nigeria to complete LTE (Long Term Evolution) field trial in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt with a resounding throughput as well as the first to introduce High Definition (HD) Voice Service across the 3G network in Nigeria. The full NCC report can be accessed via, http://www.ncc.gov.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68:art-statistics-industry&catid=65:cat-web-statistics&Itemid=70