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Unused telephone lines increase to 44m in January

26 March 2014, 16:04

Lagos - Inactive lines in the country’s telecommunications industry have increased from 42  069 916 in December 2013 to 44 665 145 in January 2014, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said on Tuesday.

This was contained in the ``Monthly Subscriber Data’’ made available in Lagos.

The data indicated that there was an additional 2 595 229 inactive numbers within the period, to make the unused lines to increase to 44 665,145 in January.

The data showed that of the 172 625 725 connected lines, only 127,960,580 numbers were active.

The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) networks had a share of 125 173 177 of the active lines, adding a total of 331 862 numbers to their December number of 124 841 315 active lines.

The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA mobile) operators had 2 421 970 active lines, as they added 17 193 lines to the December result of 2 404 777 active numbers.

Fixed/Wireless networks had a share of 365 433 of the active lines, increasing their December 2013 record of 360 537 by 4 896 lines in January.

The monthly data showed the installed capacity on the telecoms networks reduced to 247 232 259 in January, as against the 248 353 725 capacity recorded in December 2013.

The data showed that some subscribers purchased SIM cards, but dumped them after using them for some time.

The decrease in the installed capacity might have been the result of the poor services being experienced by subscribers of the GSM networks in recent times.

-     NAN

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