Telecom, Network operators, NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the country has witnessed a steady increase in active voice and internet subscriptions.

NCC stated that there was a drop in teledensity as contained in the latest telecommunications statistical indicators released, which have been adjusted to reflect the latest population growth figures and align with international best practice.

The commission made this known via a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Reuben Muoka, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

According to him, teledensity is an index prescribed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the measurement of telephone penetration in a population by a factor of one line per 100 individuals in the population.

Muoka noted that the adjustment was predicated upon the Nigerian Population Commission (NPC)’s projection of Nigeria’s population at 216,783,381 as of 2022, replacing the previously used 2017 projection of 190 million people.

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.

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“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.

“In October 2023 the industry also experienced a 0.19 per cent growth in Active Voice subscriptions while teledensity stood at 102.49 per cent with Internet subscriptions increasing by 0.60 per cent compared to September 2023.

“In November of the same year, the industry also experienced a 0.46 per cent growth in Active Voice subscriptions. Teledensity stood at 102.97 per cent with a 0.57 per cent increase in Internet subscriptions when compared to October 2023.

He added that the adjustment by the NCC was 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 NCC spokesperson noted.

Muoka further quoted the Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Dr Aminu Maida, as affirming 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.

Maida said this would also ensure the accurate measurement of the NCC’s progress towards attaining increased broadband penetration rates, improved quality of service, and increased population coverage.

He stated that such data provides information for both the ITU to which Nigeria belongs, and other development agencies as well as the operators, investors, multilateral agencies, and the public.

The Star



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