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Boye Olusanya, CEO, 9mobile. Credit: This Day

Former Etisalat Nigeria, 9mobile, is open to new investors, says CEO Boye Olusanya

Telecoms group 9mobile is open to new investors but will continue to manage the business in the meantime, its chief executive said on Wednesday at an event to officially announce the company’s new name to replace Etisalat Nigeria.

Telecoms regulator approves Etisalat Nigeria name change

Telecoms regulator approves Etisalat Nigeria name change to 9mobile

Nigeria’s telecoms regulator has approved Etisalat Nigeria’s name change after its Middle East parent pulled out following regulatory intervention to save the local company from collapse due to debt.

Orange & Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange, Vodafone are reportedly seeking to purchase 65% of Etisalat Nigeria

Orange Telecom and Vodafone are seeking to purchase 65 percent of Etisalat Nigeria following the departure of the UAE-based Etisalat Group from its Nigerian business, reports Brandish citing unnamed sources.

Shola Adekoya. CEO, Konga

Why Konga could be Africa's answer to Amazon: Shola Adekoya, CEO, Konga was founded in July 2012 and started purely as an online retailer selling baby and beauty products.

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

MTN's latest turnaround strategy involves poaching top executives from its arch rival

Africa’s largest telecom is appointing a new CEO, and shaking up its board and top executives.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN

MTN settles Nigeria fine & looks at listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

MTN Group has agreed to pay a reduced fine of 330 billion naira ($1.7 billion) in a settlement with the Nigerian government of a long-running dispute over unregistered SIM cards, sending shares in the South African telecoms group soaring.

Kamar Abass, CEO, Ntel

Nigeria's Ntel seeks $1 billion for mobile broadband growth

Nigerian Internet provider Ntel is seeking more than $1 billion to invest in 4G mobile broadband by 2020 as the owner of the former state landline company seeks to take advantage of a rising number of smartphone users in Africa’s most populous country.

IHS Towers acquires rival Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN)

IHS Towers acquires rival Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN)

IHS Holding on Thursday announced that it has agreed to acquire Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN), in the process adding 1,211 tower sites in Nigeria to its portfolio.

A man walks past an MTN notice board in Lagos, on October 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Telecoms giant MTN pays $250M in Nigeria fine dispute

South African telecoms giant MTN said Wednesday it had paid $250 million to the Nigerian government in a dispute over a $3.9 billion fine imposed last year for failing to disconnect unregistered users.

MTN in another legal headache as Etisalat sues for use of frequency in Nigeria

MTN in another legal headache as Etisalat sues for use of frequency in Nigeria

Etisalat Nigeria has filed a court case against rival MTN over the use of a new frequency band which MTN acquired when it bought internet provider Visafone, it said on Monday.

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne Cable

Funke Opeke: Nigeria's cyber revolutionary

The only major road through Lekki is clogged, even on a Saturday afternoon. The expressway through the swampy peninsula that expands the city of Lagos in an easterly direction is riddled with street hawkers peddling red grapes, shoe racks and phone chargers to the cars caught in the hold up.

Eric Holder, Partner, Covington & Burling & former US Attorney General

Africa's largest mobile operator MTN has hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to take on the Nigerian government

The legal tussle between Nigerian regulators and MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator has taken yet another turn.

Nigeria Targets Country-Wide Broadband Access by 2020

Nigeria Targets Country-Wide Broadband Access by 2020

Nigeria plans to help revive economic growth by expanding broadband Internet access throughout Africa’s most populous country by 2020 despite delays in rolling out the needed infrastructure, according to the telecommunications regulator.

Nigeria open to deal with mobile group MTN over $3.9B fine

Nigeria open to deal with mobile group MTN over $3.9B fine

Nigeria is open to an amicable out-of-court settlement with South Africa’s MTN over a $3.9 billion fine imposed on the cell phone operator, a top regulatory official said on Wednesday.

MTN is focusing on the future in Nigeria

MTN is doubling down on broadband in Nigeria even as its record fine looms (Infographic)

In the last decade, Nigeria has seen a rapid growth in smartphone subscription and internet usage.

Jim Ovia, Founder of Visafone and Founder of Zenith Bank

MTN acquires Jim Ovia's Visafone in bid to boost broadband offering in Nigeria

South Africa-based MTN, Africa’s largest mobile phone operator by number of subscribers, on Thursday confirmed it has acquired Nigerian wireless network provider Visafone after months of negotiation.

MTN is fighting to the last and pushing back on its $3.9 billion Nigeria fine. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

MTN is now challenging its $3.9B Nigeria fine in a Lagos court

The seemingly never ending battle between MTN and Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, has taken yet another twist. Initially slammed with a record $5.1 billion fine in October, which was later reduced to $3.9 billion, MTN now says it will challenge the fine in court.

Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN Group

Nigeria says MTN fine reduced by 25% and not 35%

MTN Group said the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued another letter, informing the company that the fine had actually been reduced by 25 percent to NGN 780 billion and not by 35 percent to NGN 674 billion as the regulator had earlier indicated in its letter dated 2 December to MTN.

Nigeria has reduced its record MTN fine to $3.4 billion

Nigeria cuts record MTN fine 35% to $3.4 billion

The Nigerian government has agreed to reduce the hefty fine imposed on MTN to $3.4 billion following lengthy negotiations between the two parties.

Sifiso Dabengwa, former CEO, MTN Group

South Africa's MTN suffers first high profile casualty over Nigeria fine

Mobile operator, MTN’s chief executive officer, Sifiso Dabengwa has resigned as a the fallout over a Nigerian fine of $5.2 billion continues to haunt Africa’s largest mobile operator.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa. Photographer: Denzil Maregele/Foto24/Gallo Images via Getty Images

MTN must obey Nigerian laws, says South Africa's Deputy President Ramaphosa

MTN Group Ltd., Africa’s biggest mobile-phone company that’s facing a $5.2 billion fine in Nigeria, must follow the rules in countries where it does business, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

A man speaks on a mobile phone as he walks past a MTN shop at a shopping mall south of Johannesburg. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa's MTN seeks to reduce $5.2B Nigeria fine

Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, MTN Group, is in talks with Nigerian regulators to try to reduce a $5.2 billion fine, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Nigeria telecom giant MTN fined a record $5.2B

Nigeria telecom giant MTN fined a record $5.2B

Telecom giant MTN Nigeria has been fined a record $5.2bn by Nigeria’s Communications Commission (NCC).

Nigerian infrastructure companies (infracos) to connect 60 cities to broadband

MainOne and IHS Towers to connect 60 cities in Nigeria to broadband

Nigeria’s licensed infrastructure companies (InfraCos) plan to improve broadband services in Lagos and about 60 other cities in the North Central zone of Nigeria, The Guardian reported.

John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria. MultiChoice is a unit of South Africa's Naspers.

Naspers Plans to Boost Nigeria TV Offering as Naira Weakens

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value, plans to use new products and services to attract more customers to its $58-a-month television offering in Nigeria as a weaker naira increases costs.

Funke Opeke, CEO, MainOne Cable

MainOne and IHS win infrastructure company (InfraCo) licenses in Nigeria for Lagos and North-Central zones respectively

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced MainOne Cable Company and IHS Communications as the successful bidders of Infrastructure Company (InfraCos) licences for Lagos and the North Central zones respectively

Omobola Johnson, Nigeria's Minister of Communication Technology. Photo credit:

Nigeria woos global investors in Qatar to broadband plan

Nigeria has called on investors and the ICT community in Qatar to take advantage of investment opportunities in the country, especially in broadband.

Oscar Onyema, CEO, Nigerian Stock Exchange

Nigeria's mobile phone companies move closer to listings on the Nigerian Stock Exchange

The Nigerian Stock Exchange said it’s making headway in persuading the four mobile-phone companies in Africa’s largest economy to sell their shares

Mobile Internet

Nigeria mobile internet subscribers forecast to surge six fold to 50.4M in 2018 from 7.7M: PwC

Nigeria’s number of media consumers via mobile internet is forecast to boom from 7.7 million in 2013 to 50.4 million in 2018, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.

Amir H. Amiri, Executive Director, Kouros Capital Group Limited (Left) and Chief Etiebet of Dextel (Right)

Iran's Kouros Capital interested in Nigeria's NITEL and Bridge Banks

Iranian investors under the Iran-Nigeria Investment Corporation and led by Kouros Capital Group (KCG) have expressed interest in NITEL and the bridge banks whose privatisation has lingered.

Issam Darwish, CEO, IHS Towers

IHS Towers and Etisalat enter sale and lease back agreement on Nigeria's 2,136 tower portfolio

Etisalat Nigeria today announced the sale of 2,136 of its towers to IHS Holding Limited (IHS) as part of a broader strategy to drive improvements in the quality of its network performance and to accelerate roll out of 2G and 3G coverage and new services to its customers.

Rural Broadband in Africa

Nigerian Phone Maker, Tingo Mobile, Buys MTI Stake to Expand in Rural Broadband

Nigerian mobile-phone manufacturer Tingo Mobile agreed to buy a majority stake in Mass Telecom Innovation Nigeria Plc (MTI) for about 4 billion naira ($25 million) to develop rural broadband in Africa’s most populous country.