Nigeria hits 208 million telephone subscribers

Nigeria hits 208 million telephone subscribers

- Nigeria's telecoms space continues to thrive as more people are enjoying the use of phones

- According to the NCC, the country’s telephone subscriptions has reached 208 million

- The executive vice-chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure in Abuja

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Thursday, November 21, revealed that telephone subscribers in Nigeria are now 208 million, according to The Nation.

This was made known by Prof Umar Danbatta, NCC’s executive vice-chairman, during a briefing of new developments in the telecommunications industry to Festus Daudu, the permanent secretary in the ministry of communications and digital economy.

Danbatta, speaking at the event in Abuja said Nigeria's broadband also peaked at 45. 07% as of 2020.

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The NCC stats say there are 208 million telephone subscribers in Nigeria. Photo credit: @NgComCommission
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The country’s total active telecoms subscribers grew by 36,000,000 to reach 208 million users in November 2020, compared with 172 million users recorded in 2019.

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Legit.ng recalls that the number of telephone lines that each Nigerian can own may be limited to only three, according to the federal government.

This is even as the minister of communication and digital economy, Isa Pantami, issued new directives for the registration and use of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards.

Pantami gave the directive to the NCC on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Meanwhile, telephone subscribers have been advised to protect their SIM and their National Identity Numbers (NIN) jealously.

The plea was given on Tuesday, January 19, by the federal government, saying it would now use the NIN to trace people for either good or bad reasons.

The government also announced a total of 47.8 million NINs had been collected by the mobile operators, adding that it hopes more NINs would be collected before the February 9 deadline.

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In a related development, amid rumours that Subscribers Identification Modules cards were being blocked before the deadline set for the linkage with the NIN, mobile network operators in Nigeria including Airtel and MTN have dismissed claims.

It was reported that the federal government had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their NIN.

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