Bharti AIrtel, which has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Thursday, said it has become the second largest cellular operator in Nigeria in terms of subscriber base. Bharti has stated this based in data published by market regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Airtel Nigeria, as at February 2014, recorded total customer number of 26.19 million subscribers in Nigeria while MTN has 57.18 million users and Glo has 24.9 million followed by Etisalat at 18.11 million.
"It is a clear indication of the trust that a growing sector of the population have started to have in us. Nigeria continues to be a very competitive telecom market and our intention is to ensure that we continue to innovate and make life easier for our customers," Christian de Faria, Airtel Africa's chief executive officer, said in a statement.
Since the launch in 2010, Airtel has invested over $1.7 billion to expand network capacity and deepen quality in Nigeria.
"We are extremely pleased that Nigerians are expressing confidence in our network and we will continue to excite and delight them with innovative and affordable mobile telecommunications solution," Airtel Nigeria's chief executive officer and managing director Segun Ogunsanya said.