Mtel, Starcomms, Intercellular, finally declared inactive, along with 11 other operators

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Remember Mtel? That was the former mobile wing of the now dead NITEL. The Mtel mobile network has been dead for quite a while – specifically since last quarter 2009, but there has been no word on its status since then. Well, finally, it has been listed as “inactive” on the NCC website along with the following telecoms providers:

  1. Starcomms
  2. Zoom (formerly Reltel)
  3. Intercellular
  4. MTS 1st Wireless
  5. DISC
  6. WiTel
  7. O’net (Odua)
  8. Rainbownet
  9. Monarch
  10. XS
  11. Webcom
  12. IPNX
  13. NITEL

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Like Mtel, Intercellular and MTS 1st Wireless have been dead for years and their status shrouded in silence as well. When Zoom and later Starcomms kicked the bucket, both managed to make the news.

What does it mean to be listed as an inactive operator? In effect, an inactive operator’s data is no longer a part of NCC’s calculations in calculating industry data and statistics.

Again, this development only confirms the imminent death of CDMA in Nigeria. Only Visafone and Multilinks, with a combined subscriber base of less than 2.5 million users, are the last CDMA networks standing. The four GSM networks account for 98% of Nigeria’s telephone subscribers.

Mtel is dead.

Source via Technology Times

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  1. And it is only a matter of time before the death knell rings over Visafone…perhaps the seeming ‘un-ending’ flow of cash from Zenith Bank (also owned by the same person) keeps it afloat but for how long. A profitable company has to prove its worth by funding itself…We should just agree that CDMA is dead and our regulatory authorities have failed us. Simple.

    Yes, I said it. The NCC and inconsistent FG telecoms policies probably contrived to drive a stake through these players one after the other…I don’t see any other reason (Please don’t tell me competition from GSM ops)

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