NCC Refutes Ericsson's Claim of New Three Million Subscribers in First Quarter of 2021 - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
Tue. Jun 18th, 2024
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Nigerian Communications Commission has described the report alleging that Mobile Telephony Subscriptions in Nigeria grew by three million new lines in the first quarter of year 2021 as inaccurate.

A press statement issued by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of the Commission said the Ericsson Mobility Report cited in an online publication is a mere forecast of trends based on Ericsson’s analysis, which does not refer to NCC or any official channel as source for the data paraded.

NCC, in the statement said “its attention has been drawn to an online media report alleging that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria somehow grew by three million new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, despite the suspension on the registration of new subscribers which took effect from December 9, 2020 and was only lifted in May, 2021”.

“Accordingly, such data is very inaccurate, hence the commission clarified that official communication from it and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are the authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector.”

“Indeed, the Commission is not unware of the critical need to make accurate and up-to-date data available to all stakeholders.”

The statement added that, as a matter of corporate policy and consistence with international best practice, relevant data and statistics on the industry are transparently reported and regularly updated on the Commission’s website (< https://www.ncc.gov.ng/statistics-reports/industry-overview >) for free use by interested stakeholders.

The Commission encouraged 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.

NCC however urged stakeholders to disregard any information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s website.

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