NCC Faults 3 Million New Lines Registration Report In Q1 2021

NCC Refutes Media Report on Three Million New Lines in Q1 - TechnologyMirror

Yemisi Izuora


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has faulted a report alleging that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria grew by 3,000,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021.

The rise according to the report is despite the suspension on the registration of new subscribers which took effect from December 9, 2020 and was only lifted in May, 2021.


The Ericsson Mobility Report cited in the online publication is essentially a forecast of trends based on Ericsson’s analysis and does not refer to the NCC or any official channel as source for its data and/or projections, the Agency said.

In a statement by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, the Agency said, “It is therefore inaccurate that Nigeria recorded 3million new lines in the 1st Quarter of 2021 as stated in the media report.”


Adinde, stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are the only authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector, adding, “Indeed, the Commission is well aware of the critical need to make accurate and up-to-date data available to all Stakeholders.”


“Indeed, as a matter of corporate policy and consistent with international best practice, relevant data and statistics on the industry are transparently reported and regularly updated on the Commission’s website (< >) for free use by interested Stakeholders.


The Commission encourages all Stakeholders to visit its website for authentic data on the sector and to refer all doubts to its Public Affairs Department to avoid unnecessary controversy and/or inadvertently misleading other Stakeholders who may rely on such reports.


The Commission also urges Stakeholders to disregard any information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s website.” Adinde stated.

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