The active mobile telephone lines in Nigeria has increased to 162 million with 13,203 mobile telecommunications subscribers changing their network providers in May, says the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

According to the commission’s monthly subscribers’ operator data posted on its website, the mobile lines figure is as at the end of May, adding it increased from 160 million it recorded in April.

With 162, 075,116 lines in May and 160, 081,051 in April, the increase in the number of lines is 1,994,065. However, the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) for active mobile lines had 217,566 users in May, same as in April.

The report said the number of fixed wired/wireless for active mobile lines in May was 137, 010 compared to April, which had 136,496 lines, indicating an increase of 514 lines. According to NCC, the number of Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) was 93,080 in May compared with 89,477 recorded in April, representing a rise of 3,603.

It also revealed that teledensity rose by 143 in May to 11,609 as against 11,466 in April. The teledensity is the number of telephone connections for every 100 individuals living within an area and it varies widely across the country. NCC also said the number of connected mobile lines in May increased to 240,259,751 from 238,032,318 in April, recording an increase of 2, 227,433.

“The CDMA for connected lines for May was 3,586,095, the same figure with April,’’ the subscribers’ data revealed. The report said the number of fixed wired/wireless for connected lines in May was 345,210 compared to April that had 344,892, an increase of 318 lines. It also showed that the number of VOIP for connected lines in May was 611,376 as against 575,712 in April, rising by 35,644 lines.

Meanwhile, the NCC, which made this known in its incoming and outgoing porting activities of mobile network operators report posted on its website, said the subscribers also changed their service providers under the Mobile Number Portability (MNP).