Minister calls for integration Celtel’s Nigeria and Niger networks

2 Nov 2007

Nigeria’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Engineer Charles C. Ugwuh, has called for the integration of Cetlel’s mobile networks in Nigeria and neighbouring Niger, saying that the integration of infrastructure would boost trade between the two countries as well as allow Celtel users in both countries to recharge phones with cards obtained in either country. Ugwuh promised that his ministry would liaise with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), with a view to joining the two networks.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Celtel Nigeria, a subsidiary of Kuwait’s Zain Group (formerly MTC), ended June 2007 with just shy of eight million subscribers, giving it a 25% market share. In Niger, Celtel is far and away the market leader; at the end of June 2007 it had over half a million subscribers, equating to a 70% share.

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