Encyclopedia of Nigeria’s telecoms industry

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Telecom and Mobile Network Codes for Nigeria

Mobile Network Codes

This page provides a list of mobile network codes for operators in Nigeria. A mobile country code (MCC) is used in combination with a mobile network code (MNC) to uniquely identify a mobile network operator. The mobile country code consists of 3 decimal digits and the mobile network code consists of 2 or 3 decimal digits e.g in 62120, 621 is mobile country code for Nigeria, while 20 is mobile network code for Airtel. Mobile […]

TAA: Telecom Answers Associates

TELECOM ANSWERS ASSOCIATES was established in 1991 as a vehicle to actively participate in the reform and development of the Nigerian telecommunications industry. On registration, it used the platform of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and collaboration of other concerned enthusiasts and industry players to canvas for liberalisation of the telecommunication industry and eventually to promote its growth through awareness creation, training in technology and business, conference management as well as publication of information that […]


Ntel is the brand name under which NATCOM operates in the Nigerian telecommunications market. NatCom Development & Investment Ltd (NATCOM) is a consortium that acquired the core assets of NITEL/Mtel in 2015. The first data call on Ntel was made in Lagos on Monday January 18, 2016. This was followed by its first Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call in Lagos on Thursday February 25, 2016. Ntel plans to commence operations in March 2015 with 4G LTE mobile […]

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel)

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel) was the mobile subsidiary of the national carrier, NITEL. It was Nigeria’s first mobile network, offering analog mobile lines years before the arrival of GSM technology. Eventually, it migrated to GSM standard too, and at one time, Mtel held 11 per cent of the GSM market in the country, but eventually dying out after just a few years of operations. The assets of Mtel (along with NITEL) were eventually acquired by […]


Globacom Limited is a Nigerian multinational telecommunications company 100% privately owned by the Mike Adenuga Group. The Group includes Conoil PLC, Conoil Producing, and Equitorial Trust Bank (now merged with the Sterling Bank). Globacom has its operational headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. Globacom is Nigeria’s Second National Operator (SNO) and has a number of subsidiaries, including GloMobile (a mobile network with operations in two other West African countries, Benin and Ghana), Glo Gateway, Glo Access, and […]

Airtel Nigeria

The company known as Airtel Nigeria today was originally ECONET Wireless, which made history on August 5, 2001 by becoming the first telecoms operator to launch commercial GSM services in Nigeria. Between that time and the present, the company has gone through a string of acquisitions and re-branding exercises. Here is the list of brand names it has operated as since 2001: ECONET Wireless Nigeria Vodacom Nigeria Vmobile Nigeria Celtel Nigeria Zain Nigeria Airtel Nigeria […]

Television broadcasting: first TV station in Nigeria

Television broadcasting debuted in Africa when the government of Western Region in Nigeria switched on the transmitters of Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (WNBS) in 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria. [schema type=”product” name=”Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service” description=”Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (WBCS) was the first TV station in Africa and began operations in Ibadan in 1959 ” author=”CyberSchuulNews” pubdate=”2016-02-29″ ]


Visafone is a wholly owned Nigerian telecommunications company incorporated in June 20, 2007, following the acquisition of CDMA operators, Cellcom and Independent Telephone Network (ITN), followed by Bourdex Telecom, a network with operations in 10 states in South-eastern Nigeria. Visafone received its Unified Access Service Licence as a telecom operator from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on August 1, 2007. Visafone also obtained three carrier licences in the 800 MHz spectrum. The company commenced operations […]

CDMA Networks

In November 1997 Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) telephone device had become operational in Nigeria. CDMA operators focused on fixed wired access (landlines) and the fixed wireless access (mobile) with limited mobility access. Multilinks was the pioneer CDMA operator, kicking off services in 1998, years before GSM technology was introduced. Other CDMA networks that existed at various points in time in Nigeria included: VGC Communications Intercellular Mobitel EMIS MTS 1st Wireless ZOOM (formerly Reltel) Starcomms […]

MainOne launches Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS)

MainOne, a leading telecoms and network services provider in West Africa, has announced that the high capacity Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroun has been completed and went live in December 2015. The submarine cable installation, which commenced in June 2015 following a tripartite partnership between MainOne, The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Cameroun and Huawei Marine Networks, had investment provided by the Cameroon Government. The cable is a six-pair, 1,100 […]

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