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Inactive phone lines reduce to 42m

13 March 2014, 16:16

Lagos - The Nigerian Communications Commission has said inactive lines in the nation’s telecommunications industry reduced to 42.070 million in the last quarter of 2013.

The commission said this in its Monthly Subscribers Data publication.

It said that the number reduced by 8.620 million from the 50. 690 million inactive lines recorded in the third quarter of the same year.

The data showed that connected lines in the telecoms operators’ networks was 169 .677 million, while the active numbers stood at 127.607 million in Dec. 2013.

It also revealed that from the 127. 607 million working lines, the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operators shared a total of 124.841 million customers.

It said that from the active lines, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA mobile) operators had 2.405 million subscribers, while the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks shared 360 537 million customers in the last quarter of 2013.

The commission said the installed capacity on the telecoms networks increased to 248.354 million in December as against the 240.679 million capacity recorded in September 2013.

Installed capacity refers to the total infrastructure a network puts in place to accommodate a certain number of telephone lines without congestion or poor network quality.

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