Contrary to predictions that the on-going SIM registration exercise will slow growth in subscription, latest figures from the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, indicate that telecom operators added 12.083m new lines to grow total mobile subscription in the country to 120,969,740 lines.
Nigeria's total connected GSM lines now stands at 108,564,834 while connected CDMA lines stands at 12,404,906 lines. The NCC figures show that the GSM companies namely MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat and Mtel, continues to be the drivers of growth in the sector.
The total number of active mobile lines in the country grew from 88,804,952 in January 2011 to 89,568,668 in February.
In October last year, MTN announced the lost of 4.7 per cent of its subscriber base to the SIM registration exercise in South Africa. The pan-African giant with headquarters in Johannesburg has been tactful in carrying out the registration exercise in Nigeria, its biggest and most lucrative market.