Nigeria Records 110.3 Million Active Subscribers As Number of Inactive Lines Soar

Mobile penetration

VENTURES AFRICA- New statistics released by the Nigeria telecommunication regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday has revealed that the number of active mobile subscribers in the country increased by almost a million from 109.4 million in October to 110.3 million in November.

According to the telecoms regulator, the number of active subscription moved from 109,499,882 lines in October to 110,348,131 lines in November; making it only 848,249 lines added to the previous figures.

While Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication operators like MTN Nigeria, Airtel, Glo and Etisalat jointly contributed significantly to the increase having moved from 105.9 million in October to 106,869,544 in November; Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators such as Visafone, Starcomms, Multi-Links and Zoom experience combined subscription slipped from 3.1 million in October, to 3 million at the end of November 2012.

Similarly, the fixed wired and wireless network operators experienced a fall as it recorded a decline in active subscriber from 454,644 lines in October to 432,899 in November.

The data also indicated that the number of inactive telephone lines in the country continue to increase, reaching 40.4 million, the highest recorded so far. It also showed that about 12.7 million telephone lines went redundant in November 2012.

In January, February, March and April 2012; the number of inactive lines were 31.9 million, 35.2 million, 35.8 million and 35 million, respectively, while the figure slid to 34.6 million in May and 33.7 million in June, indicating that many subscribers made calls from their old lines or activated new lines that month.

The number of inactive lines further increased to 37 million in July, 38 million in August 2012, and later to 38.6 million and 40.4 million at the end of October and November last year.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission and telecoms operators in a meeting held in Abuja has promised Nigeria subscriber a positive turn around by providing quality network services. These came at the heels of complaints made against Nigeria network provider which include drop calls, call hanging, undelivered and unsolicited text messages, sudden tariff deductions.