Nigeria mobile subscriptions reaches projected target of 105 million telecoms subscriber base.
Data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that Nigeria mobile subscriptions have reached and surpassed the projected target of 105 million telecoms subscriber base.
The new figure was contained in the latest industry data for the month of August released by the Commission.
Analysis of the NCC numbers revealed that mobile subscriptions on telecoms networks in Nigeria have continued to grow at a fast rate, with active subscriber base placed at 105.2 million as at August 2012.
Industry experts, including the former Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, had recently predicted that active telephone subscriptions in the country would hit 105 million by the end of December, 2012.
Checks showed that active subscriptions crossed the 105 million projection; reaching over 105.2 million at the end of August, 2012.
Further analysis of the data showed that Nigeria recorded impressive growth of over 1.8 million new lines on telecoms networks as total subscriptions in the country increased from 103.4 million active telephone lines in July, 2012 to over 105.2 million at the end of August, 2012.
Subscriber base from January till August was contributed mostly by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) operators such as MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat Nigeria.
The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), operators such as Visafone, Multi-Links, Starcomms and Zoom-Mobile, however continued to witness month-on-month decline in combined subscriber base on their networks.
According to the NCC data, while active mobile subscriptions on GSM networks increased from 91 million in January to 101.4 million at the end of August, 2012; that of the CDMA operators declined from 4.4 million to 3.3 million during the eight-month period.
The GSM active subscriptions standing at 91 million in January, 2012, increased to 92 million in February and 94.5 million at the end of March. The subscriptions further continued on an upward growth reaching 96.6 million in April and 97.5 million active subscriptions in May, 2012.
In June, July and August, the combined active GSM subscriber base increased to 98.3 million; 99.4 million and 101.4 million respectively.
For the CDMA, their numbers did not improve in the period under review. It declined from 4,031,820 million lines in February; 4,013,698 million in March to 3,904,846 million telephone lines in April. It however rebounded to 3,718,153 in May; went down to 3,541,355 in June and in July, fell to 3,452,368 and finally to 3,347,716 at the end of August, 2012.
On the fixed lines, the figure which stood at 688,333 million has, by the end of August 2012, reduced to 488,088 lines.