Nigeria: The Impact of Mobile Services in Nigeria: How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Economic and Social Activities

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 This study examines the impact of mobile services in Nigeria, as well as trends in the mobile services sector of the ICT market.  The study analyses the transformational role of mobile services and Nigerian end user's perception of the impact of mobile services.The Executive Summary of the study identifies the following top five conclusions:Mobile services have ample reach in Nigeria and will continue to post rapid growth.The mobile industry is having a positive economic impact by generating substantial investment in infrastructure and employing a significant number of Nigerians.Nigerian end users agree that mobile services have positively influenced every aspect of their lives, enabling them to connect with different people, access information, create business opportunities, lower transaction costs and enhancing social interaction.Around the world, Pyramid (the author of the study) has identified numerous examples of initiatives using public and private funding that leverage mobile services in social programs, improve the operation of various vertical industries and foster connectivity in remote areas.The future development of the mobile market in Nigeria will be driven by collaboration among industry players, the local government and international organizations. End users in Nigeria value mobile services greatly and are frequent users of this platform, yet the availability of specific mobile data-based applications is still limited. Developing a set of tools and information systems will require close collaboration among local and international entities; telecom vendors and operators can play a key role in importing successful initiatives to Nigeria.

By Nigeria -- Pyramid Research prepared for the Nigerian ICT regulator. Published June 2010.

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