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TELECOMS COMPANY OF THE YEAR: SLOT Systems Ltd, Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL)

SLOT:

SLOT Systems Ltd is a market leader in the marketing of phones and accessories.  The company’s principal brands-Techno and Infinix Phones are easily the fastest phones in the country at the moment. Yet, not many are aware that the phones are a brainchild of Nnamdi Ezeigbo,  the founder and CEO of SLOT systems limited.

A HND graduate of   Electrical/ Electronics Engineering at the Yaba College of Technology in 1988, Nnamdi Ezeigbo  did the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year at Guinness Nigeria PLC, in 1996.Upon completion of the NYSC programme, Ezeigbo  did apprenticeship in computer repairs after which he started out  his business, sharing a shop with a friend  at Ikeja, who owned a book store.

Ezeigbo later rented his shop as his business expanded. Forune smiled soon smiled on him as his business grew rapidly. He later bought the property housing his shop.

As the telecoms industry expanded, Ezeigbo secured partnership with a Chinese Company to produce the Techno brands of Smart phones with dual SIM. The Techno was initially resisted by the market but with improvements became the toast of low and middle income earners who desired smart phones but could hardly afford the established brands.

Today the SLOT Systems Ltd also deals in Infinix, one of the products Ezeigbo partners with the Chinese company to produce for the Nigerian market.

Armed with a MBA at the Lagos Business School, Ezeigbo has built a strong brand across the country. The SLOT outlets are found in most of Nigeria’s major cities selling phones, computers, accessories and offering first class maintenance services to millions of clients across the country.

From being an apprentice to a road side computer repairs technician, Nnamdi Ezeigbo is today an international businessman redefining competition in phone retailing in the country.

For its pioneering effort to produce dual SIM and affordable smart phones for the Nigerian users with a formidable after sales technical support, which has helped deepen access to phone, internet services and particularly the social media by low and middle income earners, Nnamdi Ezeigbo’s  SLOT Sytems Ltd is the DAILY ASSET Telecomms Company of the Year.

NTEL:

NTEL, the latest GSM operator sprouted on the legacies of the defunct Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) which won the fourth national operational license in the country at the advent of Global System for Mobile Communications(GSM). After acquiring the assets of the defunct NITEL, the successor company took its time to roll out services telecomm services in the country.

Starting out in three major cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt with a 4G, GSM technology, NTEL offers easily one of the fastest and cheapest internet services in the country. The GSM operator has also deployed voice call operations which are absolutely toll free when calls are between NTEL lines! In the era where the distortions in the nation’s economy have made many services including telecoms a lot unaffordable by many families, the largesse by NTEL is undoubtedly a big relief to phone users in the country at least as long as the toll free operations last.

Besides, NTEL has introduced a number of customer – friendly products aimed at encouraging telephone and internet penetration in the country. One of such packages is the starter kit with payment terms spread across three months for workers who cannot afford a smart phone with one – off payment. This product has particularly endeared the company’s services to low income earners who nevertheless desire to enjoy smartphones with 4G internet services.

For introducing toll free calls within its network and introducing packages for incremental payment for start-up phone kits, thereby contributing to increase phone and internet penetration in areas where it has deployed its network, NTEL was nominated as DAILY ASSET Telecoms Company of the Year.


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