Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018


Despite the growth momentum in Nigeria’s telecoms sector, only 60 per cent of total connected telephones on various mobile networks are active, New Telegraph has learnt. This emanated from the latest industry status report released by the country’s telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The report showed that as at May this year, the total connected phone lines in the country reached 218.7 million. However, of the 218.7 million total connected lines on all networks, including the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and fixed line networks, only 148.84 million were active. This newspaper learnt that the ratios of active and inactive lines standing at 148.84 million and 69.86 million represents 60 per cent and 40 per cent respectively. A phone is said to be inactive if it is not used by the subscriber to make or receive calls and/or access data services for a period of 90 days, at the minimum. As at last February, the total number of inactive telephones in the country stood at 65.6 million, but this increased to 69.86 million as at the end of May this year.