November 20, 2017

Nigeria’s telecoms sector has secured $2bn investment in 2017

Paul AdepojuSep 28, 20172min

This week at the ITU Telecom World in Busan, South Korea, Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-President of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced Nigeria’s telecoms sector recorded modest improvement in 2017 with additional USD2 billion being added to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the sector.

The VP said within a period of 16 years since the issuance of mobile phone licenses, investment in telecoms has gone from 50 million to 70 billion US dollars. It was USD 68 billion in 2016, mainly as FDI. According to him, the modest increase in 2017 stems from the federal government’s implementation of new policies to attract further investment in the sector and the economy in general after the crisis oil.

“We are here to tell the ICT community that Nigeria, with a population of about 15 million people, is in the process of investing,” said Umar Garba Danbatta, delegates, investors, companies, etc., at the Nigerian Investment Forum. 170 million inhabitants, is a privileged investment destination in Africa. With more than 150 million active subscribers in the voice segment, more than 102% of teledensity and just over 92 million Internet connections, Nigeria is indeed an investment place,” he said.

He revealed that the Nigerian government through the NCC has put in place measures and guidelines for the reception of broadband wholesale service providers in accordance with the open access model. He added that the commission in consultation with industry players, has also introduced, among other things, a code of governance for telecom companies that acts as a guide for managers and the board of directors. The document describes global best practices covering the company’s processes, procedures and general behavior to ensure good governance, to attract investors and to ensure a return on investment.

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of which is Africa’s leading health news website; he also manages, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper’s Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute’s Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.

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