Nigeria Now Has Over 100 Million Active Phones[STATS]

Latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commision(NCC) show that Nigeria has crossed the 100 million mark in number of active phone lines. Mobile Telcos MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat had 94,273,460 mobile phone lines by the end of Q1 2012. CDMA networks on the other hand split the remainder of the 4,871,553 fixed lines.

MTN continues to lead with 42,898,581 active lines within Q1 while Globacom placed second with 20,846,604 active lines. Airtel now places third with 18,600,453 lines while the newest entrant Etisalat can boast of of 11,927,840 active lines.

The GSM networks are definitely kicking the butt of CDMA companies as they have continued to upgrade and provide cheaper services.

In Q3 2011, CDMA networks saw losses with active lines dropping from 5,558,612 at the beginning of the quarter to 5,215,131 at the end. By the end of 2011 however, CDMA networks had lost even more subscribers and stood at 4,601,070 lines.

The bearish trend continued in 2012, with CDMA networks having 4,410,141 active lines in January and 4,031,698 active lines in March.

It’s important to note that as much as CDMA networks seem to have lower call and texting rates, network coverage across Nigeria is poor as most of them have coverage only in major cities.

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Source: Technology TImes Online


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  • @je_mc2

    Would have been good to include percentage increase in user base though.