4 February 2013

Nigeria: Inactive Telephone Lines Hit 40 Million

Lagos — The Nigerian telecommunications industry currently has about 40.4million inactive telephone lines according to the subscriber data released by the regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last Tuesday.

The data also indicated that about 12.7 million telephone lines went redundant in November 2012.

According to the NCC, in January, February, March and April 2012, the inactive lines were 31.9 million, 35.2 million, 35.8 million and 35 million respectively while the figure fell to 34.6 million in May.

Inactive lines increased further to 33.7 million in June, 37 million in July and 38 million in August 2012 while the figure rose to 28.6 million and 40.4 million at the end of October and November 2012.

On the other hand, active mobile subscriptions increased by a million as the figure hit 110.3 million at the end of November 2012, up from109.4 million recorded at the end of October.

The data revealed that the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication contributed significantly to the increase in the active subscriber base to 110.3 million.

According to the statistics, the GSM operators, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat increased their combined subscriptions from 105.9 million in October to 106.8 million at the end of November 2012.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators such as Visafone, Starcomms, Multi-Links and Zoom Mobile further experienced a fall in their subscriber base from 3.1 million in October, to three million at the end of November 2012.

In the same vein, fixed wired and wireless network operators also recorded a decline in their meagre active subscriptions from 454,644 lines in October to 432,899 a month after.

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