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Title:Mobile telephone ownership and usage among urban residents in Nigeria
Author:Olaniran, Hezekiah Daramola
Periodical:Ibadan journal of the social sciences (ISSN 1597-5207)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:mobile telephone
urban life
urban transport
Abstract:Since the launch of GSM in 2001 in Nigeria, mobile telephony has rapidly become the most popular method of voice communication in Nigeria. Statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission show that there are more than 80 million subscribers as of mid-2011. Since communication is spatial in nature, there is a view that the advent of GSM may influence geographic phenomenona, particularly human spatial interaction and location decision in urban settings. This study investigates mobile telephone ownership and usage among urban residents in Nigeria using lbadan North Local Government Area as the study area. Random sampling was used to select two hundred and twenty two (222) respondents. The study found that there is a significant relationship between telephone ownership and socio-economic characteristics of urban residents. Household size, income and job type were found to be the most important variables influencing telephone ownership. Results of analysis show that the most important use of mobile telephone is for business, interpersonal communication and social connectivity. The study also suggests urban trip scheduling, rescheduling and elimination via the use of mobile telephone. The study advocates the optimum use of the mobile telephone in urban areas to reduce frequency of trips and to serve as a traffic reduction strategy. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]