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Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria
Key people
Abubakar Nahuce (Director General)

Nigerian Telecommunications Limited, or NITEL, is the principal telecommunications company in Nigeria, and was owned by the government of Nigeria until it was sold to Mtel by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). The mobile telecommunications arm of Nitel is responsible for all wired telecommunications in Nigeria.[citation needed]

Looking from 1958 to the arrival of Global Satellite system communication (GSM) in Nigeria; NITEL was able to provide 450,000 subscriber lines for a population of 120 million.[1]

In February 2008 a report by BBC News said that the Nigerian government assumed the transnational corporation did not improve performance of NITEL and therefore stopped privatization in favour of Transcorp.[citation needed] In 2015, the government eventually finalized a transaction that saw NITEL and Mtel's assets to NATCOM.[2] The deal was valued at $252 million.


  1. ^ "Nigeria phone privatisation off". BBC News. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nigerian gov't hands over Nitel, Mtel assets to NATCOM", PC World, 21 April 2015. Accessed 3 September 2015.