Mobile Phone Users Hit 120million, Says NCC


Nigeria’s telephone subscription base has risen to 120million, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has disclosed.


He said the number of internet subscribers also increased from 107.5million in October to 108million in November.


Danbatta spoke on Thursday at a session with media chiefs in Abuja.


According to him: “As at November, we have about 59million who have subscribed to broadband service.


“Also, as  at November 2018, broadband penetration is 30.9% point. We have exceeded the target by 0.9%.


“Active Voice Subscriber base grew from 165, 239, 443 in October 2018 to 169, 104, 830 in November 2018.


“Internet subscription grew from 107, 547, 723 in October 2018 to 108, 897, 679 in November 2018.


“Total Active Broadband Subscription on 3G and 4G platforms as at November 2018 was 58,965,478.”


The NCC chief added: “The telecommunication sector has impacted on the economy. The contributions of telecommunications and information services to GDP from Q1 –Q3 2018 was N4,725, 563.10 trillion according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics.


“In the last quarter(Q3, 2018), the amount  stood at N1, 517,102.16 trillion, according to Q3 figures by the NBS. Telecommunications and Information Services Sector grew by 14.7% from Q1, 2017-Q3, 2018.”


On investments in the telecoms sector, Danbatta said: “They have grown from a mere $50million in 2001 to over $70billion as at September 2017.


“We intervened in the 9mobile crisis to save the investments of its owners, protect over 2000 jobs and safeguard over 20million subscribers on that network.”


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