Tele­phone lines hit 169m; 127m ac­tive -NCC

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, La­gos

Nige­rian tele­coms sec­tor has recorded a huge fig­ure of 169mil­lion con­nected tele­phone lines but out of which only 127mil­lion are ac­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sub­scribers sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) for Fe­bru­ary 2014, the fig­ures which cov­ered Global Sys­tems for Mo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (GSM), Code Di­vi­sion Mul­ti­ple Ac­cess (CDMA) and the fixed wired/wire­less lines oper­a­tors also in­di­cated that to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity in­creased from 226.6 mil­lion by Jan­uary 2013 to 248.4 mil­lion by the end of last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the sta­tis­tics which are avail­able on the reg­u­la­tor’s web­site, the GSM oper­a­tors, in­clud­ing MTN, Globa­com, Air­tel and Eti­salat, con­nected 159 mil­lion lines with 124 mil­lion ac­tive while CDMA oper­a­tors had a con­nec­tion of 7.6 mil­lion lines with only 2.4 mil­lion lines ac­tive.

The fixed wired/wire­less oper­a­tors con­nected 2.3 mil­lion lines with only 360,537 lines left ac­tive.

Also, Nigeria recorded growth in its tele­den­sity, from 81.7 per cent in Jan­uary 2013 to 91.1 per cent by the end of the year.

Mean­while, GSM net­works were the ma­jor source of ac­cess to the in­ter­net with 96.3 per cent in­crease in in­ter­net ac­cess through GSM in the last year in Nigeria.

The lat­est data from NCC in­di­cated a cur­rent fig­ure of 63.47mil­lion recorded for Fe­bru­ary 2014 com­pared to 32.34 mil­lion recorded for same pe­riod in 2013 across the four ma­jor GSM oper­a­tors; Air­tel, Eti­salat, Globa­com and MTN.

MTN with the largest sub­scribers pro­vided in­ter­net ac­cess to 32.8mil­lion on its net­work fol­lowed by Globa­com 14.9, Air­tel 9.6mil­lion and 6.1mil­lion for Eti­salat.

For 2013, the fig­ures were given as Air­tel, 5.9 mil­lion; Eti­salat, 4.3 mil­lion; Globa­com, 0.78 mil­lion; and MTN, 21.3 mil­lion.

But­tress­ing the NCC sta­tis­tics was a re­cent re­port re­leased by mar­ket re­search and sta­tis­tics spe­cial­ists, dig­itX­plus, the dig­i­tal unit of Me­di­areach OMD Nigeria, showed that the coun­try recorded a 200 per cent growth in In­ter­net users be­tween 2009 and 2013.

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