Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat Nigeria, is a Nigerian company duly incorporated under the laws of Nigeria in partnership with Mubadala Development Company and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Incorporated in Nigeria as a private company, it acquired the Unified Access License from the Federal Government in January 2007. The License includes a mobile license and spectrum in the GSM 1800 and 900 MHz bands at a price of $400million (Four Hundred Million U.S. Dollars). Etisalat acquired a 40% stake in EMTS and is now the operator of the Unified Access License.
In March 2008, Etisalat demonstrated its technical readiness when the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) paid a visit to its state of the art ultramodern Data Centre and symbolically assisted in the switching-on of its network. It made the first call on its network in the presence of officials of the NCC, the media, the company’s board of directors and other VIPs.
Full commercial operations began in 7 Nigerian cities on 23 October 2008. From the initial 7 cities where it began its operations in October 2008, Etisalat now has presence in 30 states across the federation. The company is on target to cover 50% of Nigeria’s population by December 2009 and also 80% of the population by December 2010.
In March 2009, in recognition of the superb quality of its growing network, the NCC adjudged Etisalat as Nigeria’s best network based on quality of service indices measured by the regulatory body. In its less than one year of operations, Etisalat Nigeria has won several industry awards in recognition of its innovative approach to providing qualitative services to its growing customers.
Etisalat is also committed to taking its place amongst leading corporate citizens in Nigeria by making wide-impact and sustainable social investments. To this end, Etisalat has partnered with the Lagos State Government on its Adopt-a-School initiative. Etisalat has also awarded 300 scholarships to undergraduates in universities across Nigeria in our Etisalat Merit Award Scheme. Our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda also includes several other interventions in areas such as health and the environment.
Etisalat’s vision is a world where people’s reach is not limited by matter or distance; a world where people will effortlessly stay in touch with family and friends; a world where businesses of all sizes can reach new markets without the limitations of distance and travel.