The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that the number of telecommunication subscribers in Nigeria grew by 2.03 million in January.
In its new statistics, the commission said there were 195,128,265 telecom subscribers in December 2021 and the figure grew to 197,152,773 in January 2022.
Data from the commission added that teledensity, the number of active telephone connections per 100 inhabitants living within an area, grew from 102.40 per cent in December 2021 to 103.46 per cent in January 2022.
The data further revealed that the number of internet subscribers grew by 1,588,493 from 141,617,023 in December 2021 to 143,205,516 in January 2022.
President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers Adeolu Ogunbanjo told PUNCH that the growth being witnessed in the sector was as a result of the extension of the deadlines of the national identification number-subscriber identity module data verification exercise.
“That is the essence of leaving it open-ended, that is no closing date. What if the recent extension didn’t happen, it means these two million wouldn’t have been added to the database at all,” he said.