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Glo rolls out new tariff plan, charges 11k per second for calls to all networks

Digital Transformation Leader, Globacom, has unveiled a new tariff plan that makes it possible for its subscribers to make calls to any network in Nigeria at 11 kobo per second.

This is the latest in a series of moves by the telecommunications giant to give its subscribers more value for their money, especially at these trying Corona virus pandemic times.

Subscribers on this new tariff plan will be able to make calls to all networks in Nigeria at 11 kobo per second after paying a N7 access charge, which is billed together with the first call of the day. Every call they make to any network in Nigeria for the rest of the day will be billed at 11 kobo per second (exclusive of tax). If a customer does not make any call but only receives calls throughout the day, he or she will not have to pay the access fee of seven Naira.

According to a press release from the corporate headquarters of the telecommunications company in Lagos on Monday, the new tariff plan is open to both existing and new prepaid customers.

All that is required for a customer to access the new tariff plan is to dial *311# and he or she will be automatically migrated to the Glo 11k per second plan.

Existing rates for SMS and international calls remain the same as customers on the new tariff plan will pay the standard SMS and IDD tariff. However, customers can purchase any IDD Pack of their choice to enjoy a better international call rate on the Glo network.

“It is our desire to continually delight our customers with innovative products and services at the most competitive rates in the country,” Glo said in the statement, adding, “This new tariff plan is another manifestation of that burning desire to add value to the lives of our customers and make it more convenient and affordable to communicate with one another”.

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MTN takes over, gains 1.7 million subscribers, as Glo outshines Airtel in June

Although competition in the Nigerian telecommunication space has always been stiff, latest data seen by Nairametrics indicated that the competition is getting stiffer.

Telecommunications operators, especially in the data section, are giving each other a hot chase. Gone are the days when the biggest telecommunication firm automatically retains the top position. Recently, companies that were once described as fringe players are catching up really fast in terms of attracting new subscribers every month.

For instance, in May 2020, Glo took other operators by surprise, dwarfing them to lead the chart as the telco with the highest number of subscribers in a month when it gained 8.302 million data subscribers. The indigenous telco grew from 28.934 million in December 2019 to 37.236 million by the end of May 2020, while MTN gained 4.75 million data subscribers. Airtel, which used to be the second-highest in subscriber growth after MTN, recorded 2.795 million. Unfortunately, 9mobile lost 812,827 subscribers within the same period.

MTN regains top position

According to data released by the Nigerian Communication Commission for the period ending June 2020, Nigeria’s largest mobile telecommunication company, MTN, gained 1.74 million data subscribers against the 882,458 it recorded in May 2020.

Also, at the end of June 2020, the total number of data subscribers on MTN data network rose to 60.60 million from the 58.86 million it recorded in May. This means the telco added 1.74 million data subscribers.

Glo attracted more subscribers, outshining Airtel (subscribers base) for the first time in years

Despite a challenging year for Globacom in terms of its data subscriber base, the telco took industry watchers by surprise, as its subscriber base chased, met and overtook Airtel’s In June 2020.

For the first time in years, the once second largest telco (subscribers base) lost its position to the indigenous company as the latter increased its base from 34.24 million in May to 37.97 by the end of June 2020. The Indian-owned telco only managed to increase its base from 37.32 million to 37.57 million within the same period.

On the other hand, 9mobile ended the month without attracting any data subscriber. According to the NCC data, 9mobile continues its steady decline, as a total of 16,000 subscribers dumped the network for others when it fell from 7.26 million subscribers to 7.10 million within the same period.

In terms of market share, Glo is now trailing behind MTN, as the latter expanded its overall market share in June.

At the end of June 2020, MTN’s total data market share rose further to 60.60 million subscribers. On the other hand, Glo had 37.97 million, followed by Airtel’s 37.57 million and 9mobile’s 7.10 million.

Internet remains slow in Nigeria despite the advent of 4G network

The advent of 4G/LTE in the global telecom industry was accompanied by the expectation of fast internet speed. The 4G is the fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology, succeeding 3G. Potential and current applications include amended mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing, and 3D television.

While GSM companies continue to jostle for market share, it has often come at the expense of poor service and lack of accountability. Quite frankly, as an average internet user in Nigeria, one is usually left at the mercy of poor mobile internet services which frustrate one to seek limited alternatives.

Nigeria’s internet download speed remains among the slowest in the world, and while the telcos continue to rake in heavy gains from data sales, consumers continue to groan for lack of fast and affordable internet services