The total number of active mobile lines on telecoms networks in Nigeria has increased to over 155 million in January, this year, the latest industry report released by the telecoms regulator has revealed. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in the new report, telecoms networks, mostly the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators attracted new 535, 032 subscribers in January.
As of December last year, active subscriptions on GSM, Code Division Multiple Access, fixed line platform and voice over Internet Protocol lines stood at 154,529,780 and teledensity at 110.38 per cent. From this figure, GSM operators including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and others had 154,124,602 while CDMA, fixed networks and VoIP had 217,566; 154,513 and 33,099 respectively.
Also in the January figure, trend in the industry in terms of mobile subscriptions don’t seem to have changed. According to the NCC report, from the 155,064,812 lines, GSM had 154,660,446 while CDMA network had just 217,566 active phone lines. Fixed wired/wireless networks recorded 151,088; VoIP subscriptions were 35,712 while teledensity stood at 110.76 per cent.
According to industry analysts, the current active lines’ figure of 155 million is the highest of subscriber base ever recorded by the operating companies.