Over 150m phone lines in Nigeria are linked to NIN – NCC

Prof Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has revealed that over 180 million telephone lines are now linked with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).

Danbatta said this on Tuesday during NCC’s Public Inquiry on three Regulatory Instruments on the Rule Making Process in Abuja.

Addressing key stakeholders, the EVC further stated that SIM-NIN link-up was made possible following the capturing of over 64 million Nigerians by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the National Identity Numbers (NIN) database.

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The EVC said that statistics indicate that the telecommunications industry has bounced back, with broadband penetration peaking at 41 percent while over one million active telephone subscribers have increased.

Prof. Danbatta had recently said that enrolments would increase significantly with the deployment of over 1,500 NIN enrolment outlets by Mobile Number Operators (MNOs).

He also said that available statistics indicate that the telecommunications industry has bounced back, with broadband penetration peaking at 41 percent while active telephone subscribers have increased by over one million.

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