GSM/Mobile Network Operators in Nigeria

NCC networks in Nigeria

As at Sept 2014, Nigeria has over 134,507,196 mobile telecommunications subscribers, The GSM operators taking majority of these subscribers. The giant GSM operators in mainly MTN, GLO, Airtel and Etisalat Nigeria, are currently taking over 90% share of the market. These GSM operators in Nigeria have in excess of over 120,000,000 active subscribers.  Here are the top GSM /Mobile network Operators in NIgeria



MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria is part of the MTN Group, Africa’s leading cellular telecommunications company. On May 16, 2001, MTN became the first GSM network to make a call following the globally lauded Nigerian GSM auction conducted by the Nigerian Communications Commission earlier in the year. Thereafter the company launched full commercial operations beginning with Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Since launch in August 2001, MTN has steadily deployed its services across Nigeria. It now provides services in 223 cities and towns, more than 10,000 villages and communities and a growing number of highways across the country, spanning the 36 states of the Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Many of these villages and communities are being connected to the world of telecommunications for the first time ever.
MTN Nigeria is currently the biggest telecommunication service provider in Nigeria with over 58,363,105 subscribers nationwide

Total Subscribers: 58,363,105 as at Sept 2014
Position: No 1 in Nigeria

GLO Nigeria

Glo Nigeria
GLO AKA Globacom Limited is one of Africa’s fastest growing telecommunications company. GLO is Owned by the Mike Adenuga Group a business mogul in Nigeria, Globacom is one of the market leading mobile telecommunications/service provider in Nigeria. Globacom operates in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin and Ghana. Globacom also acquired licenses to operate in the Ivory Coast. It is one of the fastest growing mobile service providers in Africa,

Total Subscribers: 27,611,353 as at Sept 2014
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Position: No 2 In Nigeria


Airtel Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. With headquarters in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 5 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G,3G and 4G services, fixed line, high speed broadband through DSL,IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G mobile services. Bharti Airtel had over 264 million customers across its operations at the end of July 2012. To know more please visit,
Airtel Nigeria currently occupies the 3rd position in terms of number of active subscribers in Nigeria

Total Subscribers: 26,054,521 as at Sept 2014


Position: No 3 In Nigeria


Etisalat Nigeria

Etisalat Nigeria
Established in the UAE in 1976, Etisalat has over its 35 years of experience, pioneered various innovative technologies in emerging markets and extended the reach of millions of subscribers globally.
Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat, is a Nigerian company duly incorporated under the laws of Nigeria in partnership with Mubadala Development Company and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in Nigeria as a private company, it 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. Etisalat acquired a 40% stake in EMTS and is now the operator of the Unified Access License. Etisalat has been the telecommunications service provider in the United Arab Emirates since 1976 and has footprints in 18 countries traversing the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
n Nigeria, Etisalat made the first official call on its network on 13 March 2008 in the presence of officials from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In September of same year, it kicked off commercial operations with the innovative 0809uchoose campaign which enabled Nigerians choose numbers special to them as their mobile numbers. Full commercial operations began in October 2008.
Total Subscribers:19,881,386
Position: No 4 In Nigeria

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