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Nigeria mobile subscriptions soar

28 June 2013, 11:00

Lagos - The number of Nigeria's mobile network subscribers have grown by more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

This is according to statistics released by the country's communication authority - the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The NCC said an addition 6,2 million subscribers between December 2012 and April this year pushed the current total active mobile subscriptions in the country up to 119, 3 million.

The four Global System for Mobile (GSM) operators - MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat - all recorded solid growth in subscriptions during the period.

NCC noted that telecoms firms continue to invest heavily on network expansion to accommodate more subscribers on their networks.
The commission stated that the networks can accommodate 72.6 million additional subscribers.

Meanwhile, active telephone subscriptions now stand at 164.8 million, having increased from 161.9 million in January.

The data further revealed an increase in teledensity, defined as the percentage of connected lines in relation to the population at a given period of time, from 80,85 percent in January to 85, 25 percent in April.

- CAJ News

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