Since the advent of GSM in the country in 2001, several telecommunication companies have found their way into the growing Nigerian telecoms market.
In this post, we’ll take a look at the profile of these companies.
Telecommunications companies in Nigeria
Swift Networks Limited
Swift Networks was founded in 2002 and has grown since inception to become one of the major telecommunication and internet service providers in the country.
Swift holds an exclusive wireless spectrum license from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Their services are extremely cost-effective and reliable.
Some of their services include:
- Broadband internet access
- Collocation services
- Surveillance solutions
- Video conference as well as
- Virtual Private Networking Services
- Web and email hosting
Smile Nigeria is another prominent telecommunications company in the country providing internet and voice service.
In 2014, Smile launched its 4G LTE service in Nigeria and this is currently available in 8 cities. The company is known for its fast and reliable internet service and superclear voice service.
Apart from Nigeria, Smile is also one of the leading 4G LTE providers in several cities in Africa.
Spectranet was the first internet service provider in the country to provide 4G LTE service.
Their service is available in 4 major cities across the country. These include Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Ibadan.
Spectranet was licensed as a telecommunications company in 2009 by the Nigerian Communications Commission. The company is known to provide smart and affordable 24/7 high speed internet.
The CEO of Spectranet is Dave Venn who has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 3 decades.
In 2016, Spectranet was honoured as the best broadband company of the year.
Globacom was founded in 2003 by the second richest man in Nigeria, Mike Adenuga. As of 2017, Glo as it is popularly called is the second most popular telecommunications company in the country. Currently, the telecoms company has over 34 million subscribers in Nigeria
Globacom was the first single company to build a high capacity sub marine fibre-optic cable which is known as Glo-1. The company was also the first Nigerian owned ISP to have extended their customer base across other countries in Africa such as Benin and Ghana.
Their headquarters of Globacom is located in Victoria Island, Lagos.
MTN Nigeria was one of the first telecoms companies in Nigeria. The company was launched in the country in 2001. Currently, MTN provides data and telecoms services to over 200 cities in Nigeria. The company also serves over 10,000 villages across the entire nation.
Since inception in Nigeria in 2001, MTN has invested over $1.8 billion in ensuring they provide reliable and fast internet service to their customers across the country. Their efforts haven’t been in vain as they are known to offer one of the fastest internet services in the country.
MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of the MTN Group, a prominent telecommunications company in Africa.
MainOne is a leading provider of telecommunications service to businesses in Nigeria and several countries in West Africa.
The company is equipped with world class infrastructure which enables them provide top notch services to their numerous clients.
Their services include:
- Connectivity services
- Data center services
- Enterprise voice services
- Mainone DDOS Protection Service
- Media services
- SME in a box solution
- SME-in-a-box Pro
Since MainOne’s inception in 2010, the company has grown to become one of the major providers of wholesale internet services. Their clients include major telecoms operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprises and educational institutions.
9Mobile was established in July 2017 following the exit of Etisalat (the parent company of Etisalat Nigeria) from the country.
The launch of 9Mobile was based on the decision of Etisalat International to exit the Nigerian market due to their inability to pay an outstanding $1.2 billion loan which they had incurred during their early days in the country.
The name 9Mobile comes from their 0809ja origin, their Nigerianness and the evolution of its predecessor over the last 9 years. The number 9 represents resilience and continuity and it reflects the network’s futuristic perspective. On the other hand, the green colour represents vibrancy, life and dynamism.
Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NTEL) is the latest telecommunications company in the country. The company was launched on April 2016 and their service is currently available in three major cities in the country, Lagos, PortHarcourt and Abuja.
nTel boasts of a 4G LTE network which has been built with advanced technology. The technology is the 900/1800 MHz spectrum with National Bandwidth, International Voice Termination, International Bandwidth, Mobile Network and Fixed Network. It comes with a high internet speed of up to 230Mbps.
The nTEL internet technology provides one of the fastest internet connections in the country and some of their unique features include:
- High speed broadband
- High definition crystal clear voice
- High quality video without buffering
The pioneer Chief Executive Officer of NTEL was Mr Kumar Abass. He led the company through its establishment which started when the company acquired the core telecom assets which was previously owned by Nigeria’s national fixed and mobile operators- NiTel/Mtel under the NatCom Development & Investment Ltd. (NatCom)
nTel has achieved some landmark feats since inception. These include:
- the first advanced 4G/LTE network providing superfast internet access that enables voice, data video and TV on demand
- the first network to launch a bespoke 4G/LTE dual-SIM phone in Nigeria
- the first network to make a 4G data call, this happened on the 18th of January, 2016
- the first network to make a VoLTE call on the 23rd of February 2016
- the first telecoms company to launch the first advanced 4G/LTE network and begin full operation in the country
NTEL has grown in leaps and bounds in the last one year of its inception and the company is currently funding a round that is aimed at helping the company acquire equipments as well as fund expansion into key cities in the South-East, South-West and the North by 2018.