NUMBER ONE REGIONAL TELECOM MARKET

Monday, October 13, 2008

Nigeria surpassed South Africa in the Middle Eastern/African region as the largest mobile connection market.

"The country has further stretched its lead in the latest period, passing the 50m milestone and ending the quarter with 51.7m mobile connections. Nigeria at the end of August hit the 55 million subscriber mark..."
"This makes [Nigeria] the 18th largest market in the world. South Africa which is now nearly 100% penetrated has less than one third of Nigeria's population (44m v 138m) and is likely to drop to third place soon."
It is good to see that Nigerians continue to take advantage of cellular phones. I hope that cellular providers will now begin to offer a wider range of 3G services to their customers, such as broader, cheaper internet surfing capacity. It is much easier to use and access cell phones than computers, and considering the fact that the underwater internet cable is finally coming to the West African coast in a few months, Nigerians and other West Africans will finally have access to higher internet speed and online capacity which can in turn be extremely positive for the country.

Maybe then, local Nigerian news outlets will be able to crosscheck their references and won't get shut down by the Yar'Adua administration for broadcasting incorrect information.


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notjustok said...

Good to hear some good news from Naija, at least Cell Phone business is booming...

lol @ "Maybe then, local Nigerian news outlets will be able to crosscheck their references and won't get shut down by the Yar'Adua administration for broadcasting incorrect information."


I am still amazed though, we are 138 million deep in Naija and still growing...

Jaycee said...

I hope the future for high speed internet connection in Nigeria is very bright. The internet has a wealth of resources and it will be a good medium to speed up the "change" process.

Femi B said...

Cool...I am hearing big things about our telecommunications side. In one of my MBA classes my teacher referred to Nigeria as one of the gazzelles in Telecomunication..even far ahead that the U.S i was so elated...setting all these oyinbo people straight that we don't live on trees amongst other things.

Doja said...

Mobile phones are the best things to happen in Nigeria since independence.

N.I.M.M.O said...

This was predicted more than seven years ago. Some of us are even surprised it took this long.

But its not time to celebrate yet. Maybe when we start manufacturing our own handsets and PDAs and iPods and laptops and ....

We are still 18th.

First Africa, then the world.

You know we can, when we want to.

We only have to want to.

Believe.

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