The number of fixed and mobile telephone subscribers in Nigeria increased to over 113.195 million at 31 December 2012 from 107.367 million three months earlier and 95.886 million at the end of 2011, according to the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). GSM mobile operators accounted for 97.03%, or 108.829 million, of Nigeria’s total telephony user base at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012 (up from 90.566 million users twelve months earlier), followed by struggling CDMA mobile networks with 2.6%, or 2.948 million, of the total (down from 4.601 million), while fixed and fixed-wireless operators claimed just 0.37%, or 418,166, of the total, compared to 719,406 users at end-2011. According to the NCC, the largest mobile operator by subscribers remains South Africa-based MTN, with around 47.44 million users on its GSM network at the end of September 2012, up 3.9% quarter-on-quarter and accounting for 42.4% of Nigeria’s total GSM and CDMA wireless subscribers.
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