Encyclopedia of Nigeria’s telecoms industry

Category: Commentary

Etisalat Nigeria rebrands to 9mobile


4th mobile telecom operator in Nigeria, Etisalat, has announced a name change following the exit of Etisalat UAE from Nigerian operations following an unsettled loans debacle. The official statement reads: “Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Limited (EMTS), which previously traded as ‘Etisalat Nigeria’ wishes to inform its over 20 million subscribers, government, regulatory agencies and all relevant stakeholder groups that the telecommunication company has changed its name to 9mobile as a further testament of our unwavering […]

Airtel partners ZTE to roll out 4G service across Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria; 22 ND April, 2017: Nigeria’s leading mobile Internet service provider, Airtel Networks Limited, has announced a strategic partnership with ZTE, Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment/systems Company and world leader in mobile Internet hardware and solutions, to launch 4G (fourth generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology) in Nigeria. In December, 2012, Airtel became the first telecoms operator in the country to complete a successful 4G trial in Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, in […]

Nigeria at 56: A laugh-cry appraisal of the ICT industry


​56 years post-independence, the industry moved from a posts and telecom regime: poor, sluggish, uninspired, through restructuring into a strictly telecom industry and after a successful liberalisation process transformed quickly into a Communication Technology industry. Here is an appraisal of the ICT industry of Nigeria at 56. To the extent that the accomplished components of the CommTech industry development objectives have been remarkable, especially regarding voice services and density of coverage, the unfinished tasks are […]