This is Nigeria. It is the year 2011 and we are counting 10 years of the introduction of the Global System of Media communication (GSM) into the country. Before the introduction of GSM technology, the number of connected phone lines in the country was 450,000 out of an estimated population of 120 million people.
Like most things, GSM has had its good, bad, and ugly sides, just like the two sides to a coin. This article looks at the first part, the positive effects.
GSM was received warmly when it landed here on our shores. Why wouldn’t we have received it warmly? A revolution was about to occur. We had been denied communications. Our lives and the economy were about to get better.
The Positive Impact OF GSM in Nigeria at 10
We communicate better now than before the advent of GSM. In addition to standard communications, we record spectacular moments of our lives, listen to music, transfer videos, install and run applications on our device, etc.
Our social life is better as our relationships, friendships, are kept alive through communication.
Even our conduct of business has taken a different turn.
Recently, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) pegged the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the industry at about US$15billion.
GSM has stimulated significant job creation, with a tremendous impact in the economy. The sector is said to be the highest employer of skilled and unskilled labour in recent times.
Various sectors of the economy, have witnessed unprecedented growth with the integration of GSM technology (voice and data) into the running of corporate organisations.
The financial sector is one of such sectors. With the introduction of mobile banking, a customer has full access to his or her bank account right at his or her finger tip. Now we have e-health, e-banking, e-security, e-education, etc.
On the corporate social responsibility front, individuals and communities have benefited from the actions of service providers and phone companies. Some have provided educational facilities, medical facilities, sponsored health campaigns, and events, among others.
Between 2001 and 2007, the federal government earned over US$ 2.5 billion from spectrum licensing fees alone. Taxation and import duties have also contributed to the revenue of the federal government.
How has GSM positively affected your life and business? As an individual, how do you feel going through a day without your GSM mobile phone?