Nigeria’s active telephone numbers up to 142m

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the number of active telephone lines in the country increased to 142,589,775 in February showing an increment of 1,766,938 on the 140,275,599 numbers recorded in January.

According to the Monthly Subscribers Data (MSD), published on NCC’s website yesterday, of the 142,589,775 active numbers, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) service providers had 140,275,599 subscribers, as against the 138,530,830 customers recorded in January, marking an increase of 1,744,769.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators that had 2,108,960 active users in January added 21,946 to ramp up the figures to 2,130,906 in February.

The MSD also showed that the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks’ customers increased to 183,270 in February, after adding 223 to the 183,047 subscribers recorded in January, adding that connected lines in the telcos’ networks declined from 192,107,641 in January to 190,575,684 in February, thereby decreasing by 1,531,957.

GSM operators were able to connect 186,410,917 in February; hence decreasing their connected numbers by 1,536,480 from the 187,947,397 numbers recorded in January, according to the NCC.

The CDMA segment added an extra of 2,260 to the 3,794,491 connected lines in January, leaving it with 3,796,751 connected lines in February.

The Fixed Wired/Wireless operators, with 365,753 connected numbers in January, added 2,263; thereby increasing to 368,016 connected lines in February.

Teledensity, according to the NCC, increased to 101.85 per cent in February, from the 100.59 per cent in January marking an increase of 1.26 per cent attained in February.

Teledensity of a country measures the percentage of its population with access to telecoms services, as determined by the subscriber base.

Currently, NCC calculates Nigeria’s teledensity on a population of 140 million people which experts have faulted as not representing the realistic population figures of the country.


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