Checkout The 10 Companies That Want to Buy 9Mobile

Etisalat Nigeria, even after rebranding and changing name to 9Mobile is still in big troubles following their debt saga. Now ten companies are seriously bidding to buy over the Telecom company which has over 16 milion registered subscribers in Nigeria.

Reports had it that the 10 firms have passed the technical evaluation bid stage and have been pre-qualified to submit their financial bids for the acquisition. As expected, the highest bidder will now get the nod to own 9mobile. But which of the companies do you think is likely to submit the best bid and eventually acquire the network? Checkout the list arranged alphabetically below.


1. Abraaj Capital
2. Africa Capital Alliance
3. Airtel
4. Alheri Engineering
5. Carlyle Group
6. Centricus Capital and Africell
7. Globacom
8. Helios Towers
9. Smile Telecoms Holdings
10. Teleology Holdings

Each of the above firms are required to submit a $150m bond in order to proceed.


Earlier this year, Etisalat Nigeria ran into trouble when it couldn't pay up the $1.2 billion loan from a consortium of 13 banks. Though NCC intervened on many occasions but that didn't prevent the UAE telecom operator to pull out which led to the rebranding of the network, hence the name 9Mobile.

The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday said that the intervention of the apex bank and the Nigerian Communications Commission in the 9mobile loan repayment saga, was due to the systemic importance of the company.

He stated this while responding to questions from journalists shortly after the two-day Monetary Policy Committee meeting held at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

He said with about 19 million subscribers, there was no way the regulators could allow the company (formerly Etisalat Nigeria) to be “dismembered” by its creditors.


  1. I pray competent people take over,not giving to "themselves" as is the Nigerians style. then standards start to drop thereafter........krobo.

  2. Damn, as fr me the people I want them to buy the company is
    I didn't choose globacom cos they have a network
    I didn't chose Airtel cos if they eventually handle the network..9mobile will become thieves

  3. If any company can afford to buy the network, let them go ahead and buy..
    But one thing,
    Let 9mobile reduce their bundle when they are bought..I hope so...
    Thanks fr updating us

  4. Wizy when are they submitting the $150 bond??

  5. Well, for me any company that can give us quality network should go and buy it.

  6. Etisalat abi 9Mobile is not serious in bizness

  7. thank you for the update… More grease to your elbow

  8. The company is not in good shape right now at all, if selling it is what they want, that shouldn't be a problem, all we need is for the company to be in safe hand and ready to deliver the very best interms of affordability and good quality, i.e. When they Finally sold out it to the highest bidder.