Etisalat, Others Hit 145m Phone Lines In Nigeria

Latest statistics reaching say Nigeria now has just over 145.4 million active telephone lines.

To add to the numbers, the country’s teledensity is at a rate of 103.9 per cent. This is according to statistics revealed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The 145.4 million represented the total active mobile subscriptions on all mobile networks within Nigeria. This included the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and fixed wired/wireless operators within the country.

According the report, Nigeria’s telecoms market achieved 139.1 million active telephone subscriptions by end of December 2014 with a teledensity of 99.39 per cent.

“The growth in mobile subscription in Africa’s largest telecoms market has further increased to 140.8 million in January this year, 142.5 million in February and 143.9 million and 145.4 million active mobile subscriptions”, the report published in IT News Africa claimed.

Teledensity moved from 99.39 percent in December last year to 100.56 per cent in January this year. By February, March and end of April, the figure increased to 101.85 per cent; 102.81 per cent and 103.91 per cent respectively.

The report also revealed that in terms of market share by technologies, analysis of the data showed that, of the 145.4 million mobile, GSM operators, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat hold 143 million, the CDMA, a market segment led by Visafone, controls 2.2 million lines while fixed line operators recorded 184,790 active lines. The NCC data also provided the latest total connected telephone lines in the country, aside the active lines.

Africa is essentially booming when it comes to becoming a connected continent. IT News Africa has compiled a list of the Africa’s Top 20 of most connected countries by users numbers.

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