According to the latest stats released by Nigeria’s telecom’s regulator, the country’s active telephone subscriber lines stood at 113.1 million as at December 31, 2012 from November’s 110.3 million and October’s 109.4 million.
The dominant players, operators of the global system for mobile communications (GSM) were top with 109,829,223 subscriber lines while Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators’ active subscriber lines stood at 2,948,562 million while the fixed wired/wireless networks stood at 418,166 active subscriber lines.
According to the regulator the country’s teledensity reached 80.85 compared to November’s 78.82. Teledensity is the number of phone connections for every hundred people within the population.
Nigeria stands now as the top telecom market with the local market led by MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat for GSM while Visafone, Starcomms and Multi-Links control the CDMA markety.
In the previous stats released by the regulator, MTN had a 48 per cent with around 48 million subscribers compared to Etisalat’s 13 percent market share and 15 million subscribers.
NCC introduced mobile termination rates (MTRs) February 5, 2013 in a move to cut SMS and call costs. The regulator also has plans to introduce mobile number portability (MNP) this quarter in a move to increase competition among the operators.