UAE telecom group launches mobile operation in Nigeria

The main telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates, Etisalat, has launched mobile services in Nigeria, becoming the fifth operator in the oil-rich west African country, officials said Saturday.

Managing director Saoud Al Shamsi said Etisalat got the operating licence in Africa's most populous country of 140 million people after paying 400 million dollars through its partners Mubadala Development Company in January 2007.

Four other telecom firms, including South Africa's MTN, with a combined subscriber base of around 30 million, are operating in the country.

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