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SIGTEL is a French acronym meaning Telecommunication Information Management System in English. It is a systematic project which produces Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technology (Telecoms/ICT) information of West Africa at any given indicator; and ECOWAS has the responsibilities to produce such information via Telecommunication and Information Technology (TIT) department of ECOWAS.

The SIGTEL portal has two (2) platforms: the SIGTEL administrative portal and the National Correspondent for Indicators (NCIs) Portal. The NCIs portal input the Telecoms/ICT indicator data, the SIGTEL portal output the data while the SIGTEL website publishes the indicator information of the West Africa which were gathered from ECOWAS member states.

The essence of this project is to develop a SIGTEL database then utilize the data to produce West African telecommunication/ICT information in maps, charts and data analysis format.

ECOWAS is the major licensed body recognized to have and to produce genuine telecoms/ICT indicator information to beneficiaries like International Telecommunication Union (ITU), UN, ECOWAS institutions, professionals, academicians, students etc as well as the global at large. This project has a continuous process scheme for development and deployment of any given/new indicator decided/produced by the global decision-making body of ICT indicators.

Aim/Objective Of SIGTEL Project

• Effective management of the SIGTEL database, including Telecom statistics
• Continuous harmonization of ITU Telecom/ICT indicators with ECOWAS indicators
• To monitor the efficient transmission of information from the National Correspondent for Indicators (NCIs)
• To provide support service and direct assistance to the National Correspondent for Indicators (NCIs)
• Survey and Mapping of Telecom/ICT infrastructures, GIS Analysis of ECOWAS member states Telecommunication environment
• Be responsible for documentation concerning the National Correspondent for Indicators (NCIs) interface, reporting and publications
• Monitoring of the availability of the GSM transmission medium


SIGTEL was founded in 2002, and has been providing quality telecommunication information to ITU, academicians, professionals and the public ever since. Located in ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Nigeria.

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