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Nigeria: Active telephone lines top 129 million [Agence de Presse Africaine]
[June 22, 2014]

Nigeria: Active telephone lines top 129 million [Agence de Presse Africaine]

(Agence de Presse Africaine Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that active lines in the country's telecommunications industry increased to 129,391,392 in April.The NCC said in a statement on its Monthly Subscribers Data, published on its website on Saturday that the lines increased by 2,294,196 from 127,097,196 recorded in March.

It added that the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks service had 126, 958,904 subscribers as against 124,884,842 customers recorded in March, representing an increase of 2,074,062.

According to the statement, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, who had 2,039,391 users in March, added 217,221 as against 2,256, 612 subscribers in April.

The subscribers' data showed that the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks' consumers reduced to 172,876 in April, losing 87 of the 172,963 subscribers recorded in March.

The data also showed that the connected lines in the telecom operators' networks increased from 173,007,027 in March to 177,319,310 in April, increasing by 4,312,283.

The GSM operators were able to connect an extra 4,318,158 to the 168,595,831 lines they had in March, hence increasing their connected numbers to 172,913,989 in April.

The data revealed that the teledensity of the country's telecommunications industry increased to 92.42 per cent in April, from the 90.78 per cent in March.

The teledensity measures 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 NCC on a population of 140 million people.

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