Nigeria’s first and fore most 4G/LTE-Advanced network, Ntel Nigeria is the most revolutionary and integrated telecommunications company having acquired the country’s national fixed and mobile assets from Nitel. Thus offering an unparalleled range of telecoms services in Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country. Had its Executive members of Board announce the appointment of Mr Ernest Akinlola, as its substantive Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
Mr Ernest Akinlola who is a First Degree Graduate of Economics from University of London, is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and holds an MBA from from Manchester Business School is a highly accomplished telecoms veteran with over 20 years commercial and strategic telecommunications experience on a global scale. Passionate about telecommunications in emerging markets, he has delivered results against key milestones in the most challenging circumstances.
Passionate about telecommunications in emerging markets, he has delivered results against key milestones in the most challenging circumstances. Mr Ernest Akinlola has been influential in shaping the telecoms sector and has held senior positions with some of the industry’s leading operators in roles spanning Finance, Wholesale, MVNO’s Business Strategy, Marketing and Transformation Programmes including the launch of Virgin Mobile and , and T-Mobile’s retail rollout.
An inspirational leader who has the ability to clearly articulate vision and develop teams to achieve beyond their expectations. As a seasoned communicator, he is adept at building key relationships across all stakeholder groups. He joined the fledgling One 2 One telecoms operator in the UK and was instrumental in establishing a world-class internal audit and compliance department.
As Head of Department, he led the assessment and subsequent launch of Virgin Mobile UK on the One 2 One network which proved to be the pioneering MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) at the time. Having led teams in Marketing, Sales, Finance, Strategic Planning, Business Development and Operations in blue-chip telecoms companies, Ernest was headhunted as COO by Lycamobile (the world’s largest international MVNO) to lead its European strategy, successfully expanding into 10 countries within 2 years.
Following this notable success in Europe, Ernest focused on Nigeria’s telecoms sector and was approached to lead a major marketing drive for Etisalat (9 Mobile), the 4th entrant in a highly competitive telecoms market. As Marketing Director, he spearheaded a range of initiatives that took Etisalat from the 4th ranked operator to the 2nd, in terms of ARPU and active customer base.
Immediately prior to joining ntel, Ernest was a strategic consultant to several blue chip organizations including Blackberry Nigeria, the World Bank, and most recently provided strategic oversight to Swazi Mobile in formulating a commercial strategic plan for the successful application of a 4G VoLTE, 3g,2g license in Swaziland, South Africa. This has underpinned the impressive growth of Swazi Mobile in less than 3 months of operations.
In a glad and appreciative statement Mr Ernest Akinlola said “I am excited to be appointed MD/CEO of ntel, Nigeria’s pre-eminent 4G/LTE network. ntel has tremendous untapped capabilities which can provide a step change in customer experience for Large Enterprise, SME’s and Consumers. I look forward to leading the team in driving innovation and delighting our current and future customers”