Nigeria added 3 million GSM lines in December

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that by end December 2012 the country experienced a rise in overall mobile phone subscribers by nearly three million users.


The NCC has announced the addition of three million mobile phone subscribers in the month of December 2012. (Image: File)

According the telecom regulator’s report, Nigeria now has more than 113 million active users in the country through the end of 2012, an increase of 110.4 million from the previous month’s end in November.

The NCC said that “teledensity has reached 80.85 percent, versus 68.68 percent in January 2012.”

Overall, the GSM subscriber base grew by almost three million new customers in December, “for a total 109.8 million, while the CDMA sector continued to contract, to 2.9 million customers from 3.0 million in November.”

While mobile lines continued to rise, as expected, fixed lines fell to just over 418,000, from 433,000 in November.

Nigeria has focused on efforts to increase mobile phone infrastructure and bolster customer service, which has led to a crackdown on operators by the NCC in recent months.

David Eto