Sunday , June 16 2024

NCC debunks new 3millions lines registration report

…Says report inaccurate, misleading

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described the report alleging that Nigeria recorded 3,000,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021, despite the suspension on the registration as inaccurate and misleading.

An online media report had reported that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria risen by 3million new subscribers despite the embargo placed on the new SIM registration which took place since last year December. 

But in statement, the Commission which refuted the claim,  said that the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) are the only authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector.

The NCC explained that 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.

The NCC said: ” The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to an online media report alleging that mobile telephony subscriptions in Nigeria somehow grew by 3,000,000 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.

It said that inaccurate that Nigeria recorded 3million new lines in the 1st Quarter of 2021 as stated in the media report.

“We wish to use this opportunity to clarify that the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) 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 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 NCC said.

The Commission, therefore, 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 website.