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Eli M. Noam

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195102017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102017.001.0001

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Nigeria: After a Century of Telecommunications Development, what Next?

Nigeria: After a Century of Telecommunications Development, what Next?

(p.163) 9 Nigeria: After a Century of Telecommunications Development, what Next?
Telecommunications in Africa

G. O. Ajayi

R. I. Salawu

T. I. Raji

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the various stages of development in the telecommunications industry of Nigeria. The discussion revolves around the goals, accomplishments, and shortcomings of the development plans of the government, which gave considerable attention to regional cooperation in communication technology, domestic production of equipment, modification of information transmission system policies, approval and application of new technologies, and fund management and prospective efforts for the sector's sustenance. In addition, the Nigerian administration put emphasis on the expansion of telecommunication facilities to rural areas. Aside from telegraphs, telephones, and facsimiles, the eventual introduction of digital radio, digital switches, and optical fiber broadcasting was completed. Like any other developing nation, Nigeria must now regard telecommunications as a crucial ingredient to economic and industrial progress.

Keywords:   telecommunications industry, Nigeria, urban centers, rural areas, expansion, economic progress

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