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NIGERIA HAS 140 MILLION ACTIVE GSM SUBSCRIBERS – NCC
Active subscribers to the nation’s telecommunication network has reached the 140 million mark, bringing teledensity to 100.59%, the executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Eugene Juwah, has disclosed.
Speaking in Enugu during the NCC Day at the on-going 26th Enugu International Trade Fair, Juwah however expressed regrets that most telecommunication consumers were ignorant of the opportunities made available by the commission, including the code of conduct regulations that provide how to engage the service providers to the subscriber’s advantage.
“…we need to inform you today that active subscription in the network has reached 140 million mark, and that Nigeria, as at January 2015, had achieved a teledensity of 100.59%.
“Teledensity is calculated by the International Tele-communications Union (ITU), to mean active line distribution of one telephone to a hundred of population. This is very remarkable achievement given where we have come from since 2001 when we had a teledensity of some 2.4 per cent”, said Juwah.
According to the NCC boss, the country’s telecommunications network offers voice telephony and other services like internet banking, ATM services, online hotel reservations, flight booking and flight management.
Speaking on the challenges faced in the bid to provide reliable telecommunication services, Juwah highlighted issues such as poor power supply, multiple taxation and regulations and vandalisation/theft of telecommunication infrastructure as some of the problems that the regulatory agency still contends with.