Encyclopedia of Nigeria’s telecoms industry

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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 […]

Glo Mobile

Glo Mobile is the mobile arm of Globacom, Nigeria’s Second National Operator (SNO). It is an indigenous brand. Glo Mobile commenced operations in August 2003 and soon introduced per second billing in Nigeria, the first operator to do so. GloMobile his now operational in other African countries: Benin (launched in June 2008), and Ghana (launched in April 30, 2012). Globacom made a bid to acquire Comium Côte d’Ivoire in 2015, which if successful, would extend […]

MTS First Wireless

MTS First Wireless was the first telephone company that was licensed to offer wireless service in the country. It was licensed in Nigeria to provide Wireless Telephony Services, National Long Distance Communications Services, International Gateway Services and Internet Services. In February 2004, MTS First Wireless launched its CDMA2000 1X wireless network. Like all CDMA operators in Nigeria, it eventually fell on hard times and went under.

Phase3 Telecom hosts industry Christmas Carol

End of year is a convenient stock taking time and especially for business. As recently pronounced by fibre optic provider Phase3 Telecom, it is also a time to celebrate the firm’s vibrant and dedicated team as well as bonding with its clients that have remained faithful to it through the years. So it hosted a lavish and one-to-beat Xmas Carol Session in Abuja. Mr Stanley Jegede, CEO and other dignitaries including the serving Minister of […]

Broadband access with MPLS, Phase3 hikes customer access potentials


Both new and old customers of Phase 3 Telecom Ltd will benefit from a recent enhancement of the firms broadband access infrastructure with Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) which enables users to access and share large amount of data from multiple locations. Although digitizing information in electronic databases for easy sharing within a network or across networks is not a new feature, its application across West Africa has, up till now, been limited and Phase3 Telecom […]

China’s Moon Mission up to a Good Start as Chang’e 5T1 returns after 8 days round the Moon

China’s own attempt at landing on the moon went promising yesterday when its unmanned experimental spacecraft flew around the moon in eight days and returned to earth at 6pm EDT (11pm Nigerian Time) Friday October 31, 2014 after taking strategic photographs. The mission which is called Chang’e 5 T1 is China’s first robotic round trip to the lunar surface. It left on October 23, 2014. China’s plan to send a spacecraft to the moon in […]

ICT Festival 2014 confirmed for November 27

The Nigeria ICT Festival 2014 has been announced to hold on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja. Theme of the Festival is Broadband: Path to Digital Future Mr Prince Cookey, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Business Journal magazine, organisers of the event, said it is a platform to further celebrate the achievements of the telecommunications sector over the years, to give regulators, operators and telecom consumers the opportunity to generate Strategic Plan of Action for […]

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