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Nigeria telephone lines now dialling 150 million mark

Nigeria telephone lines now dialling 150 million mark
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Nigeria’s active telephone line is headed for the 150 million mark at the end of the second quarter of 2016 (Q2 2016), in the first half of a chequered year for network operators in the country.

Latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) reviewed by Technology Times shows that the total number of active phone subscribers in Nigeria is heading for 150 million at end of Q2 2016.

NCC’s telecom subscriber market information shows the total number of active telecoms subscribers to be 149,818,906, at the end of Q2 2016, indicating an increase of 1,073,442 subscribers. The number indicates some growth compared to the total number of active subscribers at the end of the first quarter of the year, which was 148,745,464.

The statistics also shows an increase in the number of connected line from 215,765,462 at the end of Q1 2016, to 217,150,404 connected lines at the end of Q2 2016, which is an increase of 1,384,942 connected lines.

In what indicates a mix bag in the Nigerian telephony market, within the first half of 2016, the number of connected lines is seen fluctuating with monthly postings of 218,700,921 in April; 214,034,921 in May and 217,150,404 in June.

The active subscriber data is seen having a stable monthly growth in Q2, with 147,568,310 in April; 148,848,158 in May and 149,818,906 active subscriber lines at the end of June.

The telecoms data of the Q2 was calculated based on teledensity of 107.0 (based on a national population of 140 million).

Since after the total active line figures dropped from 151,357,769 in January 2016 to 148,620,359 in February, the figure is struggling to get back to 150 million, which it has still not been able to reach.

Not surprisingly, this drop may be attributed to be an impact of the 6.6 million subscribers disconnected by MTN Nigeria, the nation’s biggest mobile hone company.

Early this week, Technology Times reported that the subscriber disconnections were carried out between January and June 2016 on the mobile networks of its business units in Nigeria, Uganda and Cameroon. No doubt, these subscriber disconnections led to the drop in the total number of active telecoms subscriber in Nigeria.

The table below shows a tabular display of the number of subscribers for mobile and fixed telephony services for the first half of 2016.

Operator Jun ’16 May ’16 Apr ’16 Mar ’16 Feb ’16 Jan ’16
Connected Lines Mobile (GSM) 213,113,202 210,016,312 214,668,963 211,732,836 210,202,453 210,465,003
Mobile (CDMA) 3,664,581 3,664,594 3,678,680 3,678,796 3,677,676 3,678,068
Fixed Wired/Wireless 353,201 353,189 353,278 353,830 353,923 351,625
Total 217,150,404 214,034,921 218,700,921 215,765,462 214,234,052 214,494,696
Active Lines Mobile (GSM) 149,179,083 148,189,043 146,866,356 147,398,854 146,288,370 149,022,919
Mobile (CDMA) 454,092 487,141 525,743 1,170,031 2,147,323 2,147,982
Fixed Wired/Wireless 170,539 171,974 176,211 176,579 184,666 186,868
Total 149,818,906 148,848,158 147,568,310 148,745,464 148,620,359 151,357,769
Teledensity 107.01 106.32 105.41 106.25 106.16 108.11

The chart below shows a display of the number of active subscribers for mobile and fixed telephony services for the first half of 2016.

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