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

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

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.

Another Nigeria Telecom Company (Ntel) was launched In April which took the place of Nitel, Ntel is the newest reincarnation of the now defunct telecoms company, NITEL. The Nigerian government handed over NITEL/Mtel assets over to NATCOM (Ntel’s parent company) in a deal worth $252 million last year. In November 2017, Nitel appointed Nate James as vice president of account management.[3]


  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.
  3. ^ "Nitel Adds Windstream Vet as Account Management VP". Retrieved 2017-12-14.