Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC) recently revealed that the country has over 37-million inactive telephone lines on operators’ networks. The report detailed how inactive lines increased by 3.3-million above 33.6-million recorded in June.
Data provided by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) also said that while the network had 124,266,618 connected lines, only 99,474,080 of those lines were actively in use. That equates to 24,792,538 inactive lines for the GSM.
“The mobile section of the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) had 10,350,537 as against 13,802,905 connected lines and 3,452,368 active CDMA network users. Furthermore, the Fixed Wired/Wireless network with a total of 2,394,139 connected lines in July, had an active subscriber base of 449,010 with the number of unused lines at 1,945,129” wrote Nigeria’s Leadership publication.
Combining the figures for active lines on the GSM (mobile), CDMA (mobile) and the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks, it actually showed an increase of 1,055,459, as it had 102,369,999 lines in June and 103,425,458 active lines in July.
According to Leadership, “the GSM networks had an installed capacity of 181,160,659 to accommodate their 124,266,618 connected lines. The CDMA installed a capacity of 18,400,000 for the 13,802,905 while the Fixed networks installed 11,286,251 capacities for the connected 2,394,139 lines. Teledensity of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry climbed to 73.88 per cent in July, compared to 73.12 per cent in June.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor