Why we withdrew over 36 million mobile lines – Danbatta, NCC boss

OrderPaperToday – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has explained why more than 36 million mobile phone lines were withdrawn from mobile operators in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure during the 84th edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament on Thursday the 28th of June 2018.

Danbatta noted that the action became necessary because the lines were redundant and this action will allow the commission to allocate their resources better.

Recall that on the 25th of June 2018, Professor Danbatta hosted a public inquiry on the transfer of Licence and Resources including an 800MHz Spectrum from Visafone Communications Limited to MTN Nigeria, in line with the spirit of participatory regulation and the strategic objective of the Commission to hold regular consultation with industry stakeholders, which include Operators and Consumers.

He said: “Those are lines that are redundant. We always give statistics of active lines and we have noticed the telegencity growing, it has been steadily growing for six to seven months.

“It has exceeded the 150 million mark. It is expected that the resources are not being put to use are withdrawn so they can be assigned to other operators so they can be put to good use. Spectrum resources, numbering resources should be put to good use for the citizens of this country.”

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