Telecoms Subscriber Base Hits 143 Million – NBS

The on Tuesday put the subscriber base of the mobile telecommunications sector at 143.05 million as of the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The bureau, in a report for the telecoms sector, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, said the sector recorded a significant growth from 2.27 million subscribers in 2002, when the first mobile license was issued, to 143.05 million.

In terms of contribution to the economy, the report said the telecoms sector in real terms recorded a growth rate of 5.26 per cent in the opening quarter of this year with a contribution of N134bn to economic output.

It said annual growth in the sector averaged 46.29 per cent between 2002 and 2014, with the highest rate recorded in 2004 at 153.65 per cent while the lowest rise of 8.53 per cent was recorded in  2011.

 

This is definitely a welcomed development from the Telecommunication sector.

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It is hoped that the sector will continue to contribute its quota towards the overall general well-being of Nigerians and development of the country.

Having said that, it is worth noting that the tariff plans of both voice and data services are still on the high side.

The Key stakeholders and players should do well to review theirs plans.



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