The number of inactive telephone lines in the country has continued to increase and has hit the 40.4 million mark, the latest subscriber data released on Tuesday by the Nigerian Communications Commission has revealed.
The data also revealed that about 12.7 million telephone lines went redundant in November 2012
The NCC data showed that in January, February, March and April 2012, the inactive lines were 31.9 million, 35.2 million, 35.8 million and 35 million, respectively.
In May, the figure fell to 34.6 million, indicating that many subscribers made calls from their old lines or activated new lines that month.
Inactive lines, according to the NCC data, increased further to 33.7 million in June, 37 million in July and 38 million in August 2012.
The figure rose to 28.6 million and 40.4 million at the end of October and November last year.
On the other hand, active mobile subscriptions increased by a million as the figure hit 110.3 million at the end of November 2012, up from109.4 million recorded at the end of October.
The data revealed that the Global System for Mobile communication contributed significantly to the increase in the active subscriber base to 110.3 million.
According to the statistics, the GSM operators, including MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat increased their combined subscriptions from 105.9 million in October to 106.8 million at the end of November 2012.
The Code Division Multiple Access operators such as Visafone, Starcomms, Multi-Links and Zoom Mobile further experienced a fall in their subscriber base from 3.1 million in October, to three million at the end of November 2012.
In the same vein, fixed wired and wireless network operators also recorded a decline in their meagre active subscriptions from 454,644 lines in October to 432,899 a month after.
From the beginning of 2012, GSM operators had continued to record increase in the number of subscribers on their networks, while the CDMA and fixed networks had consistently witnessed a decline month-on-month.