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The National Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday said active phone subscribers in Nigeria grew by 54.2 million in the last five years.

NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Dr. 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.


He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by the commission’s spokesperson, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.

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.

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