In true military fashion, the Federal Government of Nigeria has given a 60-day period in which NITEL, the comatose first national operator, must be sold. Sale number what is this, by the way?
What really interests us here is that three mobile giants, MTN, Glo, and Etisalat, among other companies, have expressed interest in purchasing NITEL, according to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).
For obvious reasons, I am against Glo getting this pie. If Glo’s ambition is realised, we are simply back to the days of monopoly – one single National Operator. No. Never again! Nothing personal, Glo, but your application ought to be struck off immediately.
MTN looks good for this, in my opinion, and I have nothing against Etisalat picking up the theoretically juicy licence.