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NCC reports steady increase in voice internet subscriptions in Nigeria

NCC reports steady increase in voice internet subscriptions

The number of active voice and internet subscriptions in Nigeria has steadily increased, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The latest telecoms statistical indicators, which have been updated to reflect the most recent population growth data and comply with international best practices, also showed a decline in teledensity, according to the NCC.

This was revealed in a statement made in Abuja on Tuesday by Dr. Reuben Muoka, the Director of Public Affairs at the NCC.

Muoka stated that the change was based on the Nigerian Population Commission's (NPC) estimate that as of 2022, Nigeria's population will be 216,783,381, as opposed to the 190 million people that was previously projected in 2017.

He said, “With the consequential adjustment, which is in line with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s calculation of teledensity, the nation’s teledensity dropped from 115.63 per cent to 102.30 per cent in September.

“While broadband penetration witnessed a similar drop from 45.47 per cent to 40.85 per cent in the same month.

“The active voice subscription statistics witnessed a marginal growth from 220,361,186 to 221,769,883 as of September 2023.

“In addition, Internet subscriptions also enjoyed a marginal growth, from 159,034,717 in August 2023 to 160,171,757 in September 2023.”

Mouka stated that in October 2023, the industry had a 0.19 per cent increase in active voice subscribers, while teledensity was at 102.49 per cent.

The director stated that internet subscribers climbed by 0.60 per cent compared to September 2023.

He stated that in November of the same year, the industry saw a 0.46 per cent increase in active voice subscribers.

He noted that teledensity was 102.97 per cent, with a 0.57 per cent rise in internet subscriptions from October 2023.

According to Mouka, "Teledensity is a statistic, defined by the International Telecommunication Union, or ITU, that quantifies the percentage of a population that has access to a phone, expressed as one line per 100 persons.

“The adjustment by the Commission is consistent with Section 89 Subsection 3(d) of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 (NCA 2003).

“The Commission is mandated to monitor and report on the state of the Nigerian telecommunications industry, provide statistical analysis and identify industry trends concerning services, tariffs, operators, technology, subscribers, and issues of competition.

"The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Dr Aminu Maida, affirmed the nation’s telecom statistical adjustment process as an appropriate step to maintain the integrity of data about the Nigerian telecom industry as collected, collated, and published by the Commission.

As a result, Maida added, the Commission's progress towards achieving higher rates of broadband penetration, better service quality, and wider population coverage will also be accurately measured.

Additionally, he stated that this kind of data serves the public, operators, investors, international agencies, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), of which Nigeria is a member. 

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