Bayobab Group (Formerly MTN GlobalConnect) has announced that it has been granted a National Long-Distance Operator License by the regulatory authorities in Nigeria. This license ushers in a new era of connectivity that is essential to meeting the surging demand for data within the country’s borders.
Frédéric Schepens, the CEO of Bayobab Group, expressed the significance of their recent achievement, stating, “This milestone represents a pivotal moment for us as we eagerly anticipate contributing to the expansion and advancement of Nigeria’s digital economy. At Bayobab, our commitment is unwavering as we strive to redefine the possibilities within the realm of connectivity.” He added, “This licensing achievement underscores our dedication to delivering seamless and cutting-edge connectivity solutions to our valued clients and partners. We firmly believe that connectivity serves as the cornerstone for fostering innovation, and our steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation will continue to guide us as we embark on this new chapter, delivering next-generation digital connectivity throughout Nigeria,” concluded Frédéric.
In the midst of a dynamic era marked by digital transformation, Nigeria’s connectivity landscape has experienced remarkable growth, reshaping how its population accesses information, conducts business, and engages with the global community. With a population exceeding 200 million, as reported by GSMA Intelligence, the widespread adoption of digital services by governments, businesses, and consumers is fundamentally reshaping daily life in Nigeria. Mobile technology plays a pivotal role in the nation’s economy, with mobile broadband serving as the primary means of internet access, opening up new opportunities. The surge in digital services, spanning from mobile financial solutions to dynamic e-learning platforms, has ignited a revolution in how Nigerians interact with essential services, driving a heightened demand for data.
Nigeria is renowned as Africa’s largest ICT market, boasting approximately 82% of the continent’s telecom subscribers and 29% of its internet users. In alignment with the visionary Fiber Ambitions Policy outlined by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Bayobab Nigeria is positioned to make substantial contributions in shaping this transformative landscape. As a key player, Bayobab Nigeria is dedicated to enhancing connectivity, thus propelling Nigeria’s digital evolution.
Josephine Sarouk, the Managing Director of Bayobab Nigeria, shared her thoughts, stating, “This license encapsulates the spirit of innovation, the rhythm of progress, and the essence of collaboration. We are not merely connecting points; we are intricately weaving a tapestry of possibilities through seamless connectivity, enabling the benefits of a modern connected life across Nigeria.”
As Nigeria’s connectivity landscape continues to rapidly evolve, it stands on the brink of even greater growth. The nation’s enthusiastic embrace of technology, coupled with ongoing efforts to promote digital inclusion, paints a promising picture of a future where connectivity emerges as the driving force behind economic growth, innovation, and societal progress.