Lagos - Mr Rajan Swaroop, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airtel Nigeria, says the company now has more than 20 million subscribers, up from 14.5 million in 2010 when it took over the network from Zain.
Swaroop, who spoke at a press briefing on Wednesday, in Lagos, said that the increase represented a 32 per cent jump.
He said that the increase in the subscriber base showed that the company was dedicated to servicing its subscribers.
Swaroopsaid that Airtel had within two years of its operations invested $1.2 billion (N192 billion) in facilities to boost its services.
The chief executive officer said that the company would soon add 2,000kms of fibre cable to its network to overcome a challenge posed by increasing data.
He said that work was currently going on on an additional 700kms of fibre cable.
“The company intends to complete the job by October; we have doubled our network capacity in the last two years.
“The journey for our company to be the most loved telecommunications brand is what we have begun and we are very keen on it,’’ Swaroop said.
He gave an assurance that they would continue to invest in all areas until they became the best brand in Nigeria.
However, Swaroopdecried the theft of the company’s power generating sets at its base stations, fibre cuts, duplication of taxes and the difficulty in getting clearance for the building of more base stations.
Mr Inusa Bello, the Chief Sales Officer of the company, said that Airtel had sales points in the 774 local government areas of the country.
Bello said that the sales points had helped to promote the company and grow its subscriber base.