PROPOSED INCREASE IN CALL TARIFFS AND PRIVATE SECTOR OPERATIONS
Prior to the deregulation of the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector in 2001,there were about 700000 lines in the country which meant the growing demands for telecoms services by Nigerians could not be met.
However the liberalization of the sector ushered in the first global system for mobile communication (GSM) operator and the award of the first digital mobile license (DML) in 2001, leading to an unprecedented surge in investment in the sector with over $18million invested from 2001- date, and still growing.
A recent overview of the sector showed the telecoms sector of the country to be the largest segment of the information and telecommunicatios sector, with the said sector reported to be the largest telecoms sector in the continent. Its subscriber base has benefited hugely as well with the new operator entry which has helped deepened the competition.
Alas, with less than 12months to the expiration of DML issued by the Federal Government to first generation GSM operators, the spotlight has been beamed on the transformation of the country’s mobile telecoms indusrty and its future.
The Morning Crossfire team discusses further the pertinent angles to this issue. Losses of Gains? Sustainability of traditional services in the future?
Watch the full show below:
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