22.9 million telephone users at March 2006

26 Jun 2006

Communications Minister Cornelius Adebayo has revealed that the number of telephone users in Nigeria stood at 22.9 million in March 2006, almost double the figure a year earlier. Adebayo stated that fixed line users account for 1.4 million of the total, while wireless subscribers make up the remaining 21.5 million. At the end of 2001 the country had only half a million telephone users, but market liberalisation, the introduction of GSM technology, and investment of over USD10 billion in the last three years have helped spur rapid development. Nevertheless, wireline teledensity of approximately 1% and wireless penetration of 16.7% indicate there is plenty of scope for further growth.