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Inactive Phone Numbers Increased To 76m In July –NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission says inactive telephone numbers in the country increased from 67,331,498 in June to 76,164,149 in July.  In its “Monthly Subscriber Data’’ report released in Lagos on Thursday, the commission said that there were 8,832,651 unused numbers during the period, increasing the total inactive lines. It showed that out of the 226,426,215 connected lines, only 150,262,066 numbers were active.


The report stated that of the 76,164,149 inactive numbers, the Global System for Mobile Communications networks accounted for 72,732,130 numbers. The Code Division Multiple Access operators had a share of 3,240,313 inactive numbers, while the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks had a total of 184,819 unused lines. Similarly, of the 150,262,066 active lines, the GSM networks had 149,708,077 numbers, adding a total of 528,994 lines to their June number of 149,179,083 active lines.


It said that the CDMA operators had 371,613 active lines, as their active numbers reduced by 82,479 lines from the June figure of 454,092 active numbers. The fixed/wireless networks had a share of 164,114 of the active lines, reducing their June record of 170,539 by 6,425 lines in July.


In addition, the report said that the teledensity of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry also climbed to 107.33 per cent in July, compared to 107.01 per cent in June. It said that the teledensity measured the percentage of a country’s population with access to telecommunications services as determined by the subscriber base. The teledensity is currently calculated on a population of 140 million people. The data showed that some subscribers purchased SIM cards but dumped them after using them for some time.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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