Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nigeria: 66 million Nigerians now have a phone, 99% of whom are new customers since 2001

[all africa] Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Chief Ernest Ndukwe, has said the Nigerian Telecommunication connection base is now 67 million.

Ndukwe said this yesterday, while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in his office in Abuja,

He said no fewer than 66 million Nigerians or 99 per cent owned a telephone for the first time between 2001 and now, Ndukwe said.

He said the figure is a huge leap from about 200,000 Nigerians using any form of telecommunication before 2001. According to him, the subscribers base has made Nigeria a reference point to other African nations in telecommunication industry and that was the reason other regulatory commissions across the continent had been visiting Nigeria, to understudy the NCC.

Earlier, Director General, NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge, said the visit was to explore areas of collaboration with the commission.

While commending the agency for its remarkable achievements in the telecommunication industry, Azinge urged NCC to remain focused without sounding political, to avoid distractions.

NIALS oversees supervision of Postgraduate Law Students and also advises government and the judiciary through research works.

Azinge said the institute was working towards establishing a Centre for Media and Communication Laws, to further strengthen the sector and requested NCC to grant the Institute's research fellows opportunities to visit NCC, to obtain first hand information on its operation.

NCC - Telecom Subscribers' Base Now 67 Million

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