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Nigeria Added 54.2m New Phone Subscribers in 5 Years- NCC

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that active phone subscribers in Nigeria grew by 54.2 million in the last five years.

Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, NCC, stated this when he led the commission’s board of commissioners on a visit to the Emir of Bichi, Nasir Ado-Bayero, in Kano as part of NCC 2020 Board Retreat.

Danbatta pointed out that in the last five years, the NCC management had built on earlier successes recorded, noting that broadband penetration moved from six per cent to over 45.43 per cent.

Ikechukwu Adinde, director, public affairs, NCC in a statement, quoted the NCC boss as stating that the sector’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution rose from 8.5 per cent to 14.30 per cent, while active phone subscribers grew from 151 million to over 205.2 million.

“Basic internet subscriptions also increased from 90 million to 151.5 million, teledensity now stands at 107.53 per cent, while investment in the sector has increased from $38bn to over $70bn currently,” he stated.

On his part, the Emir noted that over the years, the commission had excelled in achieving its mandate of establishing an effective licensing and regulatory framework for the supply of communications services in Nigeria.

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