Nigeria GSM History

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Nigeria GSM History

Auctions and Providers

Granted under Abacha regime: One license granted.

Granted under Abdulsalami Abubakar: 27 licenses sold.

  • M Tel

1999/2000: Aborted auction- NCC board fired under accusations of financial fraud. 18 potential bidders:

  • M Tel
  • MTS
  • MTN
  • NITEL
  • CIL
  • United Networks
  • Celia Motophone
  • Intercellular
  • Multilinks
  • MSI (Celtel)
  • Vodanet

Prequalified to bid for final round:

  • NITEL
  • MTS
  • Motophone
  • CIL
  • United Networks
  • MTN
  • Vodanet

19 January 2001: Four licenses available, one reserved for NITEL. Three up for auction. Auction conducted by Radio Spectrum International (UK). License deposit: $20 million Minimum license fee: $100 million Winning license fee: $285 million

Unsuccessful bidders:

Terms

Under the 2001 auction, licensees are required to each provide 100,000 lines by May 2002. Licenses are good for 15 years.

Sources

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