The commission made this disclosure in its “Monthly Subscriber Data’’ report released in Lagos on Thursday, where it noted that there were 8,832,651 unused numbers during the period, making up the total of inactive lines.
Before now, the NCC had stated that inactive lines in the country’s telecommunications industry increased from 65,186,763 in May to 67,331,498 in June 2016.
This is contained in the “Monthly Subscriber Data’’ report made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.
The report indicated that there was an additional 2,144,735 inactive numbers within the period, making the unused lines to increase to 67,331,498 in June.
However, the latest report revealed that out of the 76,164,149 inactive numbers, the GSM networks had a share of 72,732,130.
The Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA mobile) operators had a share of 3,240,313 while the Fixed Wired/Wireless networks had a total of 184,819 unused lines.
Similarly, of the 150,262,066 active lines, the GSM networks had 149,708,077 numbers, adding a total of 528,994 lines to their June number of 149,179,083 active lines.
The commission stated that the CDMA operators had 371,613 active lines, as their active numbers reduced by 82,479 lines from the June figure of 454,092 active numbers.
The fixed/wireless networks had a share of 164,114 of the active lines, reducing their June record of 170,539 by 6,425 lines in July. In addition, the report said that the teledensity of Nigeria’s telecommunications industry also climbed to 107.33 per cent in July, compared to 107.01 per cent in June.
The NCC said that the teledensity measured the percentage of a country’s population with access to telecommunications services as determined by the subscriber base.
The teledensity is currently calculated on a population of 140 million people.
The data showed that some subscribers purchased SIM cards but dumped them after using them for some time.