180m telephone lines in Nigeria linked to NIN – NCC Boss

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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.

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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.

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

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