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Withdrawn 36m redundant lines to be re-farmed, reallocated to new subscribers’—NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given an indication that telecom networks who own the withdrawn moribund 36 million redundant lines can put them in good use and activate them as soon as possible.

This according to the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, will give room for effective management of telecom facilities.

Giving an insight on the development shortly after declaring open the 84th Edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre, Abuja, Prof. Danbatta said the lines had to be withdrawn because “we do not have time to allow resources to waste. The intention is to ensure that all resources at our disposal, number resources, spectrum resources are put into good use and benefit of this country”.

He made it clear that “Those are lines that are redundant. We always give statistics about active lines. We have noticed that the teledensity is growing, steadily growing for six –seven months and has exceeded 150 million mark now.

“It is expected of NCC that resources that are not being put into use are withdrawn so that this can in turn be a sign to all operators so that they can put them in good use and activate them.”