Social and Economic Impact of Global System Mobile (GSM) Network on the Nigerian Society1999-2010

Ogochukwu Theresa Chukwuma & Jacinta Chiamaka Nwaka
(Volume 2, Issue 1, July 2018)

The development of Telecommunication industry in Nigeria has had a chequered history of neglect since the colonial period. For over forty years, the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited-NITEL grappled with the challenges associated with improvement of communication industry in Nigeria. Within ten years of the introduction of the Global System Mobile (GSM) Network, the industry recorded an unprecedented revolution which had multi polar effects on other sectors of the society and its economy. This study examined the evolution of the GSM in Nigeria and its socio-economic impacts on the Nigerian society between 1999 and 2010. It argued that while the introduction of the GSM Network has generated undue stress for Nigerians and the Nigerian Government, It has made positive and tremendous impacts on the socio-economic development and the quality of life in Nigeria in general. This, it further argued, would not have been possible without the involvement of the private sector initiatives.