TELECOMS | Nigeria phone lines rise to 154.5m in 2016

TELECOMS | Nigeria phone lines rise to 154.5m in 2016

TELECOMS | Nigeria phone lines rise to 154.5m in 2016

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Nigeria closed year 2016 with over 154.5 million active phones connections recording over 3.5 million new additions to the nation’s telephony family, official market information has shown.

This is one of the highlights of the latest telecoms market information released by the Nigerian telecoms industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

According to NCC, active telecommunication subscribers increased by 580,330 at year end 2016 over the preceding month of November.

According to NCC data, 99.74% total number of active phone lines in Nigeria are on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network services. One the other hand, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators had 0.14 percent of the total lines; fixed wireless stood at 0.02%; fixed wired 0.08% while VoIP was 0.02%.

The total number of active phone lines in December 2016 peaked at 154,529,780 against 153,949,450 in November 2016.

This also means that Nigeria ended 2016 with over 3.5 million active lines more than the number of subscribers it had at the end of December 2015, which ended with 151,017,244 lines.

According to NCC data, 99.74% total number of active phone lines in Nigeria are on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) network services. One the other hand, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators had 0.14 percent of the total lines; fixed wireless stood at 0.02%; fixed wired 0.08% while VoIP was 0.02%.

The December 2016 statistics also revealed that the teledensity of the telecommunication sector increased to 110.38 compared to 109.96 it was in November 2016. In December 2015, the teledensity was 107.87.

The teledensity statistics measure the percentage of a country’s population with access to telecommunications services, as determined from the subscriber base.

According to NCC, teledensity is calculated based on a national population of 140 million, using the 2006 last census population figures.

Out of the total number of active phone subscribers, the NCC data reveals that 91,880,032 of them subscribe to Internet data on all the service providers. That number though has dropped lower than the number of Internet subscribers in November 2016, which was 92,416,378.

Mobile market….Technology Times file photo shows a phone shop at Ikeja Computer Village in Lagos
Mobile market….Technology Times file photo shows mobile phone sales underway at Ikeja Computer Village in Lagos

A further look at the December 2016 data by NCC shows that only 14,059 subscribers ported from one service provider to another compared to 17,492 that ported in November 2016.

Porting refers to the number of transactions whereby a mobile number is transferred from one service provider to another on the request of a subscriber who wishes to change service provider while keeping the same telephone number.

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Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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