TITLE

Telecom In Developing Nations

AUTHOR(S)
Finneran, Michael
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Nov2004, Vol. 34 Issue 11, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on telecommunication system in developing nations with special reference to Nigeria. The Nigerian Communications Commission, introduced competition in 1999. One carrier, Globalcom, is building fiber facilities around the country, however the primary competitor has been cellular. When the cellular market was opened in 1999, there were 500,000 wireline phones in the country. While Nigeria may be short of infrastructure, it is thick with entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs have discovered radio. While most entrepreneurial activity involves getting an "in" with a government minister or other wheeler-dealer, many have found an opportunity in providing Internet service. Most users have dial-up Internet access. The availability of DSL service is severely limited and the deplorable condition of the local loop plant will probably keep it that way. In typical Nigerian fashion, the entrepreneurs have seized on the only available technology to deliver broadband service-radio.
ACCESSION #
15056705

 

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