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Telecommunications: Nigeria's cell phones to double.

The number of cellphones in Nigeria will more than double this year, as West Africa's most populous nation scrambles for wireless telephony and forsakes the traditional landline.

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Lagos telecoms research company eShekels reports that cellphone proliferation will reach 5m this year, up from 2m in 2003. Telephone lines will dwindle by 50% to 6m.

Nigeria is considered Africa's fastest-growing cellphone market, and could accelerate even further this year if infrastructure and capital problems can be resolved. eShekels CE, Fola Odufuwa says if these problems can be overcome, the number of mobiles will exceed 6m. Cellular telephony was first introduced to Nigeria in 2001 with expectations of slow acceptance. The takeoff knocked the industry estimate on its head, leading to shortage of equipment and capital of crisis proportions.
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Title Annotation:Business Briefs
Publication:African Business
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:May 1, 2004
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