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Nigeria’s connected telephone lines hit 216m



Base Transceiver Stations         PHOTO: GOOGLE

Base Transceiver Stations  PHOTO: GOOGLE

Profile of Nigeria’s telephone density continued in an upward swing, as there are now 216 million connected telephone lines in the country.

The latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the March edition, which revealed this, showed that from January to March, the sector added 1, 270, 766 telephone lines to the already existing ones in the country.

Interestingly, the new lines still cut across the technology platforms including the GSM; Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Fixed wired/wireless.

Specifically, the GSM technology, which had 210 million connected lines in January, increased to 211 in March, while CDMA increased from 3, 678, 068 to 3, 678, 796. The Fixed wired/wireless moved from 351,625 to 353,830.

However, The Guardian findings showed that out of the 215 million connected lines, only 149 millions are active, with the GSM having 147 million; CDMA had 1.2 million, while the fixed wired/wireless controlled 176, 579 lines.

The telephone density has however been fluctuating between 108 per cent and 106 per cent within the period under review.

Telephone density or teledensity is the number of telephone connections for every hundred individuals living within an area. It varies widely across the nations and also between urban and rural areas within a country.

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