Telephone subscribers in Nigeria grew by 54.2 million in the last five years – NCC.

The National Communications Commission, on Wednesday, said active phone subscribers in Nigeria grew by 54.2 million in the last five years.

NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Umar Danbatta, disclosed 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.

The NCC boss stated that the sector’s Gross Domestic Product 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.

Ado-Bayero said the commission had been seen to be guided by the principles of fairness and forthrightness.

He was quoted as saying, “We are sure that the successes recorded by the commission are as a result of sound leadership, honesty, hard work and professionalism of Prof. Danbatta.

“We urge him to continue to provide quality leadership and the necessary strategic policy directions to ensure that the communications industry achieves greater heights.”

The monarch, who is the Chairman of 9Mobile, one of the telecommunications companies in Nigeria, commended the commission for its efforts in ensuring that 9mobile did not collapse during a financial crisis few years ago.

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