Nigeria’s Phone Subscription Hits 147m, Says NCC


ChristopherIsiguzo in Enugu

The nation’s phone subscriptions have reached 147 million as at January this year, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke during the NCC Special Day at the ongoing 29th Enugu International Trade Fair said the number has continued to increase.

The trade fair was organised by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Mines, Industries and Agriculture (ECCIMA). Danbatta, who was represented by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said the country’s social media space had continued to thrive. “Our statistics continue to show positive movement in the provision of services with internet and phone penetrations standing at over 100 million and 147 million subscribers respectively in January 2018. “With broadband penetration of 21 per cent, Nigeria’s social media space hascontinued to thrive and citizens are enjoying access to modern ways of interactionin the cyberspace,” he said. Danbatta said Nigerians were not left behind with services and innovations that abound in theInformation Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

“It is our commitment to keep the nation abreast of developments in telecommunicationsindustry through innovative and world class regulatory processes,” he said. He said the Commission would soon issue directive to service providers to give 14 days’window to subscribers to enable them roll over their unused data. “In otherwords, this will stop the current practice where subscribers lose unused dataeven if they fail to renew on the date of the expiration of the currentsubscription. “We havealready put the service providers on special notice about our currentmonitoring of user experience relating to poor reception, wrong billings anddeductions and will call them to account in due course,” he said.

Earlier, the President of ECCIMA, Mr. Emeka Udeze, said the presence of the Commission at the fair was a well thought out strategy to interact