Nigeria has Africa’s largest mobile market.. The four main telcos are MTN, 9mobile (formerly Etisalat), Airtel and Globacom. The country has a teledencity of 116 per cent.
Active mobile voice subscriptions on the MTN, 9mobile, Airtel and Globacom networks crashed from 154.7 million in January to 140.4 million in October, 2017 as subscribers responded to a poor economic climate. The initial rapid growth in the number of subscribers had led to problems with network congestion and quality of service, prompting the regulator to impose fines and sanctions on network operators. These operators have responded by investing billions of dollars in base stations and fibre transmission infrastructure to support the increasing demand for data. Although GSM technology still dominates there is a growing shift to services based on LTE.
MTN Nigeria is a junior company of Africa’s leading telecommunication company, MTN Group. MTN Nigeria is ranked no. 1 among the list of 101 best mobile network operators across Africa.
MTN was fined about $5.2 billion in October 2015, after it was discovered that some 5.2 million lines on its network were not properly registered.
MTN CEO stated,
“We will need a more stable economic climate to support the investment in the infrastructure. The issue of tax must be reviewed. There must be support for telecom infrastructure as national assets to be able to drive incremental investment and make the nation appealing to foreign investors. 5G will make our life better, drive incremental capacity and open up new businesses. MTN as a company is constantly making efforts to break barriers by democratising voice and data connectivity in order to improve subscriber experience, and has invested over N800bn in infrastructure in Nigeria.”
MTN had tested a range of 5G use cases and applications in its test lab proof of concept in South Africa, and promised to continue to identify 5G use cases and applications for the digital transformation of industries such as mining, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and utilities.
Globacom, or the popularly known Glo, is a leading Nigerian mobile network operators. It was founded in 2003 and since then, Glo Mobile soared in being part of Africa’s communication life.
Glo Mobile offers low-cost prepaid and postpaid bundles for messaging, data, and broadband for private individuals and business developers. Glo Mobile is headquartered in Nigeria and is present in other big cities of Africa. Glo Mobile lowest bundle starts only at ₦50 and can go as high as ₦18,000 for larger scale of data. Glo Mobile has 25% share in the African market for its nearly 41 million active subscribers.
Bharti Airtel Ltd. is widely known as Airtel. Airtel is one of the largest Nigerian mobile network operator that is operating multinational. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, it is present in 20 countries across Africa and Asia. The company provides spectrum of network services like 2G, 3G, and 4G band and broadband solutions through DSL, IPTV, and DTH. Airtel has a broad menu of prepaid and business services for the public and private sectors. For only ₦100, you can start surfing the internet with Airtel.
In its 9 years of operation, 9mobile (previously Etisalat) has built up state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure and taken a leadership position of innovation and quality among mobile network operators operating in Nigeria. With the more recent launch of 4G LTE in October 2016, 9mobile is poised to drive the future of technology in Nigeria through the delivery of high speed data and quality voice services that will enable customers on its network to do more.