NCC denies 3m new lines growth in Q1 of 2021, saying Ericsson Mobility Report mere forecast

From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied an online media report alleging that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria grew by 3,000,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021.

The fake report claimed the growth was achieved despite the suspension on the registration of new subscribers which took effect from December 9, 2020 and was only lifted in May, 2021.

According to a press statement signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, the Ericsson Mobility Report cited in the online publication is essentially a forecast of trends based on Ericsson’s analysis and does not refer to the NCC or any official channel as source for its data and/or projections.

“It is therefore inaccurate that Nigeria recorded 3million new lines in the 1st Quarter of 2021 as stated in the media report,” the statement maintained.

The statement further added “We wish to use this opportunity to clarify that the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics are the only authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector. Indeed, the Commission is well aware of the critical need to make accurate and up-to-date data available to all Stakeholders.

“Indeed, as a matter of corporate policy and consistent with international best practice, relevant data and statistics are transparently reported and regularly updated on the Commission’s website (< >) for free use by interested Stakeholders,” it read.

The Commission said it 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.

The Commission also urged Stakeholders to disregard any information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s websites.

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