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Matters Arising: Enabling Nigeria’s MVNO expansion

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Mobilise, a leading provider of telecom software solutions, is proud to announce the launch of its Tier 5 MVNE services in Nigeria, catering to the country’s growing mobile market valued at US$9.09 billion. With over 200 million users, Nigeria stands as a key player in Africa’s telecom landscape, projected to reach US$11.43 billion by 2029.

Nigeria is one of Africa’s leading countries and has a dynamic and expanding mobile market of over 200 million users forecasted to generate an estimated US$9.09 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach US$11.43 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 4.70 per cent.

Currently dominated by four incumbent operators — MTN, Airtel, Glo Mobile and 9mobile — the introduction of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) is set to dramatically shake up this market with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) issuing over 30 MVNO licences in the last year to enhance competition and innovation in the sector.

The introduction of this new MVNO regime has driven a dramatic interest in acquiring MVNE services from global experts such as Mobilise to support this new category of telecom operator in Nigeria. Mobilise is at the forefront of this transformation, offering its cutting-edge MVNE services to support the emergence of new MVNOs. Its regional office in Abuja is dedicated to assisting businesses in launching their own telecoms services, leveraging Mobilise’s expertise and infrastructure.

Mobilise’s HERO platform, combined with a modular approach and high levels of virtualisation, offers MVNOs a seamless and efficient path to market. This solution not only simplifies integration but also accelerates time-to-market, a crucial factor in today’s fast-paced industry.

The introduction of eSIM technology further revolutionises the telecom landscape, offering greater flexibility and convenience for consumers. As an MVNE, Mobilise is well-positioned to support MVNOs in integrating eSIM capabilities, enhancing their service offerings and customer experience.

MVNOs bring significant value to the market by catering to niche segments and driving competition, ultimately benefiting consumers with more choice and better prices. For brands, partnering with MVNOs opens up new revenue streams and opportunities for customer engagement, leveraging the power of telecommunications to connect with audiences in innovative ways.

Hamish White, director at Mobilise Communication, commented:

“Mobilise has helped over 40 MVNOs launch services in ten markets, and we see a huge opportunity for MVNOs in the Nigerian market. We are excited to contribute to the vibrant telecom ecosystem in Nigeria and beyond. This is an exciting time not only for Nigeria’s telecoms landscape, but also worldwide as this innovative model is essential to enabling mass digitalisation — something that the consumer market is increasingly demanding.”

Mobilise’s HERO MVNE platform, allied with a full range of consultancy services, is poised to provide MVNOs in Nigeria with the opportunity to access an ’off the shelf’ product that removes the need for complex integrations and allows the MVNO to focus on its sales and marketing activity.

Mobilise is now operating as an MVNE in Nigeria.

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