How You can Start Your Own Giant Telecommunication Business In Nigeria Now

Are you still brainstorming on which business you can do now? Stop thinking and consider telecom business. It’s one of the hottest business ideas you can do right now at any capacity and still make your money in real time. All you need is knowledge. So, read our step-by-step guide on how you can start your own giant telecommunication business in Nigeria now.

Just like banking, oil and gas, entertainment, agriculture, manufacturing and other big sectors in Nigeria, the telecommunication sector is one of the major sectors positively driving the Nigerian economy.

Telecom business can be large scale (MTN, glo, and Etisalat) or small scale (recharge cards printing, and mobile money services like Paga).

In the telecommunication industry, some names like MTN (Mobile Telecommunication Network), Airtel, glo, Etisalat, Paga and Starcomm stand out.

To start a telecommunication business in Nigeria is a good thing but it is capital intensive and involves some critical steps.

Step 1: Do Your Research 

In your survey, you determine how much capital you have to invest in the business. You also have to think of how to get facilities to fund the expensive projects you will embark on.

Furthermore, you will think of your area, state, region, and even countries your network can cover. Consider also if your network can integrate other services like Internet service provision, mobile money and other services telecommunication companies provide.

Like I noted earlier, this business involves investing a lot of money in it to deploy necessary technology like Fiber Optic Cables, masts, etc.

You also have to think of how to get into the market and compete with multinational telecom companies like MTN and Etisalat, and how to make a mark on the market. Major factors that make telecommunication network preferable to others are quality of service, cheap call rates and wide coverage.

Furthermore, if one chooses to get into recharge cards printing, it involves less capital. In this case, he has to check if he has to create the demand or if the demand is already there in the area where he intends to start the business. No matter the magnitude of telecom business one wants to start, he must ask himself and answer these questions:

  • How do I source my capital? Will it be possible to get loans from banks, friends, family members or a combination of all to start up my business?
  • Who will be my partners? Whether large or small scale telecom business, partners must be considered because they are important in this line of business, and they can be distributors and marketers of the products. Who will assemble and manage the mast for me?
  • Who is my target market? Do I have to create the demand for my new product or is there already created demand? Who and who will buy my products?
  • Registration procedure. How do I register my business to give it a legal backing?

Attempts should be made to successfully answer these questions before the next step is taken if one wants to start a telecommunication business in Nigeria.


Step 2: Acquire buildings, facilities and start installations

Like I said earlier, this business is capital intensive especially when one is coming in to compete with the big names in the industry.

It is important to acquire state-of-the-art telecommunication equipment/facilities because they will offer your intended customers better services. Acquiring facilities and installation entail deploying masts, coaxial cables, radio wave, Fiber Optic Cables, standby generators at base stations, computers, mobile phones, VSAT, and so on.

These are needed to run a big telecom business like MTN and glo. But to do a simpler business, like recharge card printing business, one has to buy computer or laptop, printer, and airtime codes decryption software, etc.

This is one of the major steps one has to take in order to start a telecommunication business in Nigeria, be it big or small. Remember, the acquired building serves as the office. The next port of call is CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission).


Step 3: Register the business at Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

At CAC, you will be given a business name search form (Form008) which is used to search for available business names. This form is sold at N5,000 only. Name search normally takes about one week after which you are expected to come back to check the status of the registration.

If it is available then you have to proceed. The next procedure is to collect a form called Registration of Business Form.

You are expected to pay N 10,000 for companies with shareholder base for every N 1M. After this get an affidavit form from them and go to any magistrate court.

You are expected to pay about N250 at the court. After this, the communication business is registered, the name is ready and this is the final step for one to take if he/she wants to start a telecommunication business in Nigeria. You can go further to incorporate it (if need be).


Step 4: Employ people

People to be employed are engineers, marketers, distributors, customer representatives and others for a large scale telecom business.

But for a small scale telecomm business like recharge card printing, a few persons like a marketer and a distributor may just be employed to help in the distribution and sales of the cards in the event where the business owner feels there is need to get workers to assist him/her.

Summarily, people should learn how to start a telecommunication in Nigeria because telecommunication business since full entry into Nigeria in 2001 has created over thousands new jobs, made connection to the Internet faster; it made communication cheap, fun and convenient; and it is a very lucrative business (regardless of the scale).

Though the sector is deregulated, Nigerian government should formulate necessary favourable policies to aid their smooth operations as well as provide them with adequate amenities like steady electricity so as to reduce their operational costs.

When the steps above are followed, this business is automatically started.

You now have the fair knowledge on how to How You can Start Your Own Giant Telecommunication Business In Nigeria Now. If you need the custom financial analysis and business plan for this business, contact us. If you have any concern, questions or feedback, use the comments section.

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    June 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    I already have a foreign investor that is interested in telecom service provision business, but he asked me to provide a detailed business plan. Pls how do I go about it? I need your help.

    • Ifiokobong Rob

      June 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Contact us and we will prepare a custom business plan for you. Thanks

  2. seyipeter

    March 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

    pls i. want to.start a telecommunication business,i want u to send me details on how to start it,about the equipment,mostly the tecnical aspect of it.thank you.

    • Ifiokobong Rob

      March 7, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Hello Seyi, if you need a detailed business proposal, kindly contact us for quotation. Thanks

  3. Hector ezinwoke

    February 28, 2016 at 12:27 am

    My name is Hector ezinwoke am planing to start my own telecoms business. I’m studying d information management technology,I need to know how this business works and how to get investors

    • Ifiokobong Rob

      February 28, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Hello Hector, nice to hear that you want to venture into telecom industry. Like any other business, telecom business work right from idea conception to implementation. There are many areas you can invest in; mobile phones, accessories, internet service, and so on. Your success in this business or in any business will depend on your planning. Investors could come from anywhere; Nigeria and abroad. All you need to do is to start from somewhere and nurture it to grow. Hope this helps.

  4. victor

    January 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Pls how much money will it cost to start up a telecommunication company in nigeria

    • Ifiokobong Rob

      January 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Victor, the amount of money will depend on the nature and the scope of the company. Kindly contact us and request for a complete business plan on this. Thanks

  5. Chokas

    October 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Well its a great blog you guys have here i must confess,pls i want to start an MTN walk in center,but i dont know how to go about it and what the budget will be like.thanks in anticipation 08068881337.

    • Ifiokobong Rob

      October 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      MTN Walk-in Centre owners are first tier MTN partners. You are going to need enough money for the building you will used as well as the infrastructures. You will also need enough money to invest with MTN as a partner. This is more like a franchise.

      Before this, do yourself good to contact MTN via their call center agent to discus with them directly. We will do personal findings on this too and will update this comment soon. Thanks for reading our blog and your commendation.

  6. Mohammed

    June 29, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I am interested in this business

    • Editorial Staff

      June 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Hello Mohammed, it’s good you are interested in this business. Now that you have the desire, you can grow your desire to money

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