NIGERIA is a WATRA member state with a population of 201 million people, its National Regulatory body is the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
MTN holds the largest share of the mobile market in Nigeria, accounting for 44% of total mobile subscribers, followed by Globacom with 21%, Airtel with 20% and Etisalat with 15%, according to the NCC. MTN has 74.04 million subscribers (May 2021), Globacom has 49.78 million subscribers (May 2021) Airtel has 50.02 million subscribers (May 2021) while 9mobile has12.84 million subscribers (May 2021).
The telecommunications industry continues to contribute a greater share of the national GDP in Nigeria, reaching 12.45 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Nigeria shows the highest proportion of individuals having access to the internet so far (47%), with 82 out of 100 citizens having mobile subscriptions and having a high literacy rate amongst adults (60%) and children (73%).
Despite the impressive numbers, the sector still faces challenges in which Nigeria has initiated many reforms to adapt the legal and regulatory framework. Significant ongoing efforts have been put in place in order to strengthen infrastructures. Nigeria conducts a capacity building program for citizens and workers. Innovators and entrepreneurs are encouraged to effectively use ICT in companies.