The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has released its Monthly Subscriber Data report, in which it said that the end of June 2014 saw total connected mobile and fixed telephony lines on all networks stand at 170,032,880 – a net decrease of 8,086,538 from the end of May. Of these lines, the NCC said that GSM mobile operators accounted for 165,716,078 (having lost a net 7,981,209 GSM subscriber accounts in a month), while CDMA mobile networks lost a net 107,194 subscribers in the same month (for a total of 3,974,106 at end-June), whilst fixed (including fixed-wireless) telephony operators added a net 1,865 subscriber numbers in a month to reach a total of 342,696 ‘connected lines’, according to the regulator’s figures. However, the watchdog’s report showed that a sharp reduction of inactive subscriber lines by the operators was the reason behind the decline in overall telephony lines. In particular, total mobile SIM cards recorded as inactive fell by 7,685,183 in a month – from 46,937,360 at end-May to 39,252,177 at 30 June 2014, according to the Commission.
Active subscribers on all telephony networks at end-June 2014 stood at 130,780,703 according to the NCC’s figures, reduced by 401,355 against the 131,182,058 telecoms users recorded in May. GSM networks lost a net 359,781 active lines in June to reach 128,536,850, while Nigerian CDMA mobile operators’ active line total also shrank between May and end-June, by 45,931 to 2,061,458, the statistics report claimed. Finally, the NCC reported that wireline/fixed-wireless telephony networks recorded a monthly net increase of 4,357 active lines in June to reach a total of 182,395.
It is also noted that although the total active telephony subscribers in Nigeria fell on a month-by-month basis in June, on a quarterly basis (since end-March 2014) the total rose by more than three and a half million.