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GSM stands for Global System of Mobile Communications. In Nigeria, GSM means Telecom explosion. The GSM revolution began in August 2001 and changed the face of Information and Communications Technology in Nigeria.  

Since the GSM launch, mobile telephony has rapidly become the most popular method of voice communication in Nigeria. Growth has been so rapid that Nigeria has been rightly described in various fora as "one of the fastest growing GSM markets in the world". 

Indeed these developments have been truly explosive: according to statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), compared with just about 450,000 working lines from NITEL in 2001, by August 2004, the GSM operators had recorded over seven million subscribers. Expectations are that the figure should rise to nine million by the end of 2004, due to massive expansion programmes launched by the operators.  


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The four operators are MTN Nigeria, Econet Wireless, (EWN) which is now Vee Networks of Nigeria (Vmobile), Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel) (the mobile subsidiary of the national carrier, NITEL) and Globacom (Glomobile).

Zain Nigeria / (former Celtel, former Vmobile)

Formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria, (EWN) which is now Vee Networks of Nigeria (Vmobile) - and was acquired by Celtel in 2006, then acquired by Zain


Zain Nigeria

Plot 1678, Olakunle Bakare Close, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: + 234 (0)802 190 0000
Fax: + 234 (1) 320 0477 
Zain Nigeria Website


MTN Nigeria
MTN Nigeria is a member of the MTN group. MTN is acknowledged presently as the GSM Market leader.

MTN Nigeria
Churchgate Towers
5th Floor
Plot 30, Afribank Street
Victoria Island, Lagos
Email: info@mtnonline.com


Glomobile, the mobile arm of Globacom, Nigeria's Second National Operator (SNO). Glomobile always coming out with innovations and was the first to launch per second billing.

Globacom Limited, P. M. B. 80165, V. I. Post Office, Adeola Odeku St, Victoria
Island, Lagos, Nigeria



Etisalat is the latest entrant in the GSM / Unified access scene in Nigeria. Etisalat, is a Nigerian company formed by the partnership of Mubadala Development Company and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Etisalat acquired the Unified Access License from the Federal Government in January 2007. The license includes a mobile license and spectrum in the GSM 1800 and 900 MHz bands at a price of $400million (Four Hundred Million U.S. Dollars). .

Etisalat Nigeria Website

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Visafone is a wholly owned Nigerian telecommunications company. The company was incorporated in Nigeria on June 20, 2007 following the acquisition of Cellcom. Visafone received its Unified Access Service Licence as a telecom operator from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on August 1, 2007.

Visafone has also been announced as the Approved Bidder for the 3 carriers in the 800 MHz spectrum put on auction by the NCC.

Visafone Website


Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (M-Tel)


Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel) (the mobile subsidiary of the national carrier, NITEL) was Nigeria's First Mobile Network, long before the advent of GSM.

3, M-Tel Street (off Mallam Aminu Kano Crescent)
Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: 234-9-409 065
Fax: 234-9-409 066



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