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983,174 telephone lines activated in August as NCC tasks NSSB on awareness

Telecoms operators activated 983,174 telephone lines by the end of August, which increased the number of active subscriptions from 208,969,445 in July to 209,952,619 one month later.Infomation Guide Nigeria

The activation of the lines caused the country’s teledensity to increase by 0.52 percent, from 109.47% in July to 109.99 percent in August, according to the most recent subscription data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Telephone density or teledensity refers to the number of telephone connections per 100 people residing in a given location. It varies considerably between nations and between urban and rural areas within a nation. There is a substantial association between the area’s telephone density and its per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to the figures, Globacom, as it did in July, had the most subscriptions in August with 538,324 lines, followed by 9mobile with 163,484, MTN with 160,155, and Airtel with 134,804.

GSM players raised the number of Internet-connected users from 151.4 million in July to 151.7 million in August, while broadband penetration users grew from 84.9 million to 85.2 million and from 44.49 percent to 44.65 percent within a month.

MTN retained its market leadership with 79.6 million customers and 37.9 percent penetration; Globacom is in second place with 58.8 million subscribers and 28.09 percent market share.

With 27.85 percent market share and 58.3 million customers, Airtel is the third largest telecoms company in the country. 9mobile maintained its 6.9% market share in Nigeria, with 12.7 million customers.
In the meantime, the NCC urged the Nasarawa State Scholarship Board (NSSB) to raise awareness about digital literacy in order to assist the commission in raising awareness about its intervention projects pertaining to research and digital literacy in order to provide citizens with more opportunities.

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Director of Digital Economy at the Commission, Dr. Augustine Nwaulune, who recently hosted a delegation of the Board, led by the Board’s Executive Secretary, Hajia Saadatu Yahya, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, recalled that Nasarawa State is one of the beneficiaries of NCC’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) intervention projects, including the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for secondary schools, and the Ad

“While we don’t give scholarships to students, the NCC has continued to give research grants to lecturers and students in the universities and provided additional opportunities including sponsoring competitions involving students, as well as endowing professorial chairs in universities across the country. In the last seven years, the financial value of the endowments and grants is more than N500 million.Jamb Result 

“Therefore, I will appeal to NSSB to create awareness about these initiatives of the NCC among stakeholders in the academia, particularly the research grants to enable stakeholders to leverage such opportunities offered by the Commission to scholars interested in carrying out telecommunications-based research,” he said.

“The purpose of our visit is to seek collaboration with the NCC in whatever ways possible, especially in the areas of scholarship, and ICT skills and literacy for our people. The ICT is, today, the engine room of the global economy and we do not want to lag in this new digital order, hence, our decision to seek collaboration with organisations in the ICT space such as yours to work, especially because you are contiguous to our State,” Yahya, the NSSB Executive Secretary said.

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Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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