Nigeria’s Subscribers hit 210m in August - NCC

Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed that subscriber base of telephone users in Nigeria is now 210 million as at August with a tele-density of 109.99 per cent.

Prof. Umar Dambatta, the Executive Chairman of NCC, stated this on Monday at the NCC Day at the 43rd Kano International Trade Fair.

Dambatta represented by the Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs of the commission, Mr. Banji Ojo, said that Internet subscribers in the country had exceeded 152.2 million with a broadband penetration of 44.56 per cent.

According to him: “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is not the only fastest growing industry but it is also an important enabler of innovation and development.

“The telecommunication sector is a strategic driver of the digital economy especially in the activities of small and medium enterprises across Nigeria and beyond.”

He said that the Commission had embarked on digital literacy training for entrepreneurs across the six-geopolitical zones of the country.

He said that the aim was to equip small-scale business owners with the requisite skills and generate ideas for the development of products and services that could be exported.

Also, in a remark, the Interim Chairman of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), Alhaji Ahmed Aminu, commended the NCC for promoting the telecommunication industry.

Aminu said that the 43rd Kano Trade fair was organized to enhance commerce and industry and also to showcase the talents and products of Small Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), with the aim of boosting the economy.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 10 participants won brand new android mobile phones during a raffle draw organized by the Commission at the event.

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