Nigerian GSM subscriptions top 43 million

29 Oct 2007

The total number of active fixed and mobile subscribers in Nigeria exceeded 45.5 million by the end of August this year, according to figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). GSM operators Celtel, Glo, MTN and M-Tel account for the majority of the lines, with 43,066,679 subscribers, compared to the fixed operators’ 2,035,235 lines and CDMA fixed-wireless operators’ 434,317 lines. The NCC recorded a total capacity for all market segments of 60,475,165 lines. Theoretically, the GSM cellcos could support 57,608,525 lines, fixed line players 2,331,640 lines, and CDMA fixed-wireless operators 535,000 lines. Operators have been required to report both active subscriptions and installed capacity since 2006 and the advent of the unified access service licence regime, which was introduced to enable firms to offer fixed, mobile, data and other services on the same technology platform.