By: Fred Yaw Sarpong
According to the National Communication Authority (NCA), Glo mobile data recorded the highest percentage growth between January 2014 and December, last year.
Statistics available to the Daily Express from the authority shows that Glo data recorded 117.00 percentage growth from January 2014 figures of 308,031 subscribers to 668,434 subscribers the company recorded at the end of year 2014.
This was followed by the Vodafone which had 54.05 percentage growth. Vodafone increased it data from 1,861,938 subscribers in January 2014 to 2,868,249 subscribers recorded in December, 2014.
Tigo’s data on the other hand increased to 2,097,167 in December 2014 from 1,496,529 subscribers recorded in January 2014. This represents a percentage growth of 40.14.
Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), the leader in the industry recorded a percentage growth of 19.03. This means that MTN increase it data lines from 6,725,164 subscribers recorded in January 2014 to 8,004,721 subscribers at the end of December, 2014.
Airtel however added 166,234 data lines to its existing ones representing 8.46 percentage growth, therefore increasing its data from 1,963,799 to 2,130,033 in December 2014 while Expresso was the only network which recorded negative during the period.
The network had negative 25.99 percentage growth decreasing from 50,446 subscribers in January 2014 to 37,331 subscribers in December, last year.
Meanwhile in 2014 the mobile date sector grew by 27.41 percentage growth. This was an increase of 3,400,016 data lines from 12,405,907 in January last year to 15,805, 925 subscribers in December, 2014. The date penetration rate was 59.02%.
MTN is still the highest mobile data market share with 50.64%. Vodafone’s market share increased to 18.15% in December 2014 from 15.01% in January 2014.
Airtel market share dropped from 15.83% in January 2014 to 13.48% recorded in December 2014. Tigo on the other hand experienced an increase in its market share from 12.06% in January 2014 to 13.27% in December 2014.
For the year under review Glo’s market share was 4.23% at the end of December 2014 from 2.48% in January 2014. Finally, Expresso which recorded negative in its data subscription in 2014 also recorded a market share of 0.24% in December 2014 from 0.41% its recorded in January, last year.