Telephone usage in Nigeria hits 100 percent



According to VON, Nigeria’s teledensity, has hit a 100 percent mark. This is contained in the Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) Monthly Subscriber news.

According to the data, the country’s teledensity stands at 100.59 percent, as at the end of Jan. 2015, as the active lines/phone numbers on the telecommunications operators’ networks reach 140.82million.


Teledensity measures the percentage of a country’s population with access to telephony services as determined by the active subscriber base.

It has a direct relationship with the number of mobile subscriptions on telecoms networks as it grows as subscriber base does and vice versa.

According to the NCC, teledensity is calculated based on population estimate of 126 million up till Dec. 2005; from Dec. 2006, it was based on a population estimate of 140 million.

From Dec. 2001 to 2006, teledensity was based on connected subscribers.

However, teledensity from Dec. 2007 has been based on active subscriptions on mobile networks.

The data showed that the industry teledensity stood at 91.40 per cent as at Jan. 2014, hence increased by 9.19 percent to reach 100.59 percent by Jan. 2015.

In Feb. 2014, it moved up to 91.40 percent; 92.14 percent in March and at the end of April, the figure declined to 90.78 percent.

In May, June and July, the figures moved to 92.42 percent; 93.70 percent and 94.84 percent respectively.

In August and September, telephone usage increased to 95.20 percent and 96.08 percent, it increased to 96.87 percent in October, 97.60 percent and 99.32 in Dec. 2014.

The proportional growth in teledensity showed that access to telephone services was getting deeper.

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