The Nigerian Comunications comission has stated that 24% of GSM lines and 27% of CDMA lines in the country are dormant as at the end of March 2008. This translates to 13.87m lines out of the 57.72m lines sold as at that date.
Of course, this is not a surprise to industry watchers. With the poor quality of service on virtually every network, the low-entry costs, and all sorts of bonanzas and jackpots being peddled by the various mobile operators, many Nigerians have purchased more than one GSm line in the last one year. In many cases, a number of people have up to 4 – and only one is on active duty.