Nigeria has over 145.4 million active phone lines

Nigeria started off with the launch of ntel’s LTE-Advanced network in 2017
Nigeria started off with the launch of ntel’s LTE-Advanced network in 2017
Lagos Nigeria
The city of Lagos, Nigeria. (Image Source:

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 in the 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 to a report via, Nigeria’s telecoms market achieved 139.1 million active telephone subscriptions by the 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, according to the report.

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. In order to showcase these figures, IT News Africa has compiled a list of the Africa’s Top 20 of most connected countries by users numbers, which can be viewed here.

Darryl Linington