The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has debunked the news by some publications that Nigeria somehow grew by 3,000,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2021 (Q1, 2021), despite the suspension on the registration of new subscribers which took effect from December 9, 2020 and was only lifted in May, 2021.
Disclosing this in a release signed by it’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC stated that:
“The publication which cited Ericsson Mobility Report 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.”
Furthermore, NCC emphasized that its website and the National Bureau of Statistics are the only authoritative sources of authentic data on the Nigerian telecommunications sector.
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 also urged Stakeholders to disregard any information on subscriber data different from those presented in the Commission’s website.