Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reported that the inactive lines in the country’s telecommunications industry have increased from 65.19 million in May 2016 to 67.33 million in June 2016. According to the report, the regulator said that there was an additional increase of 2.14 million inactive lines within the period (May – June), thereby upping the number of unused lines to 67.33 million in June 2016. The regulator also said that of the 217.15 million connected lines, only 149.82 million numbers were still active.
The report stated that of the 67.33 million inactive line numbers, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks has a share of about 63.93 million, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) has a share of about 3,210,489; while the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks has a total of about 182,662 unused telecommunications lines. Nigerian Communications Commission also reported that the teledensity of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry has also climbed to 107.01 percent in June 2016 as compared to the 106.32 percent in May 2016.
“Also of the 149,818,906 active lines, the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks had about 149,179,083 numbers, adding a total of 990,040 lines to their May number of 148,189,043 active lines, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators also had about 454,092 active lines, as their active numbers reduced by 33,049 lines,as shown in the May result of 487,141 active numbers and the Fixed/Wireless networks had a share of about 170,539 of the active lines, reducing their May 2016 record of 171,974 by 1,435 lines in June,’’ says the report.
In addition, the report said that the teledensity of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry also climbed to 107.01 per cent in June, as compared to the 106.32 per cent in May 2016. It also said that the teledensity measured the percentage of a country’s population with access to telecommunications services as determined by the subscriber base.
“Nigeria’s teledensity is currently calculated by the Nigerian Communications Commision on a population of 140 million people. “The data showed that some subscribers purchased the Subscriber Identity Module popularly known as SIM cards, but dumped them after using them for some time,’’ the report said.