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Nigeria grows teledensity by 6.12% in one year

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The Nigerian teledensity has recorded a growth rate of 6.12 per cent in the last one year, ITRealms Online can authoritatively reports.
Investigations by ITRealms Online on the latest monthly subscriber data rate made available to correspondents, for the period April 2011 through March 2012, shows that as at April last year, Nigeria’s teledensity was at 64.70 per cent, while as at the end of March 2012, it has grown to 70.82 per cent.
Although across the networks, namely Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Fixed either wired or wireless have a total installed capacity of 176,662,992, by end of March 2012, some 134,913,614 were connected.
Out of the aforementioned connected lines, GSM recorded a whopping share 119,460,789, CDMA got 13,133,240, and Fixed wired cum wireless had 2,319,585.
Also, the total of active lines in use across the networks came to 99,145,013, out of which GSM’s share was put at 94,531,980, CDMA recorded 4,031,698, while Fixed wired and wireless was 599,335.
The period under review equally saw the installed capacity of the trio still with GSM subsector leading with 150,036,225, followed by CDMA networks with 17,232,725, the Fixed wired cum wireless industry maintained the last position with 9,394,042.
However, in the month of April 2011, the Nigeria’s teledensity declined from 64.70 to 64.65 in May of the same year, which amounts to a downward slope of 0.05 per cent and 0.03 in June 2011.
By July 2011, the teledensity has regained its growth rate and went on to surpass the month of April to record 64.88, which is about 0.18 per cent increase.
This growth was however, sustained henceforth till March 2012 by achieving 65.78 per cent in teledensity in August 2011; 66.76 in September, 67.09 in October, 68.13 in November and  68.49 by December 31, 2011.
While January 2012 saw a growth in teledensity to 68.68, February 69.01 and March this year having 70.82.


Remmy Nweke

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