Nigeria to gain 25 operators in just a few months

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Nigeria’s Communications Commission has recently awarded 25 Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) licences.

This development marks a crucial turning point, transitioning Nigeria from having only four major mobile operators – MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9Mobile – to welcoming nearly 30 new players.

This milestone is not merely an expansion but a strategic endeavour to foster competition, bridge the digital divide, and enhance connectivity—especially in rural and underserved areas of the nation.

The MVNO licences have generated an overwhelmingly positive response, signifying a success story that positions Nigeria as a prominent economic force in Africa.

Only 60 percent of the Nigerian population has access to mobile internet, and just four percent can access 4G networks. It’s hoped the new MVNOs can fill the gaps, offer innovative services, and drive greater uptake.

These new MVNOs are strategically shaping their mobile business plans, contemplating technologies that can facilitate services on 4G and 5G networks while managing the transition from legacy systems.

Juan Carlos Buitrago, Chief Sales Officer of JSC Ingenium, said:

“MVNOs will help boost the country’s economy and reduce the digital divide by bringing connectivity and mobile services to all segments and all corners of the country, creating jobs – directly and indirectly – and democratising technology with new offers and competitive prices.”

JSC Ingenium has 27 years of expertise and operational deployments in 20 countries and is well-positioned to support the growing demands in Nigeria and across Africa.

“Our deployed solutions – depending on the country – support 3G, 4G, and now also 5G, whether standalone, non-standalone, or what is now being called advanced 5G,” added Buitrago.

“Our company strategy differentiates itself by offering a single solution to support all technologies. We are talking about a solution that is interoperable backwards, so operators no longer need to deploy multiple platforms for each of the access technologies, with the consequent cost savings that this entails.”

The introduction of MVNOs not only augments mobile connectivity but also promises economic growth and job creation. By democratising technology through competitive pricing and innovative offers, these operators are set to make mobile services accessible to every segment of the population.

As Nigeria embraces this influx of new mobile operators, the nation stands on the cusp of a digital revolution that promises enhanced connectivity, economic growth, and technological innovation for its people.

(Photo by David Rotimi on Unsplash)

See also: GSMA: Smartphone ownership surpasses 50% yet digital divide persists

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