Sunday, 29 August 2010 helps MTN Subscribers find their nearest MTN Dealers in Lagos, Nigeria’s leading home grown online mapping and location-based services providers, today announced the implementation of its Store Locator service to enable MTN subscribers across Lagos find their nearest MTN dealer selling MTN recharge cards, MTN SIMs, Phones. The mapping of over 400 MTN dealers across Lagos was done by the map experts of Spatial Technologies Ltd –Nigeria’s foremost mapping and GIS solution provider.

The MTN dealer locator implemented on is expected to help MTN subscribers find the nearest dealers selling MTN products in an efficient and consistence manner.

To access this service and search for the nearest MTN dealer, visitors go to and select the FIND A BUSINESS link. Visitors can search for MTN DEALER and restrict the search to a geographic area within Lagos e.g. IKEJA and hit the ENTER key or click on the “search” icon delivers a list of MTN dealers currently operating from Ikeja each complete with full contact details, a thumbnail map which when clicked takes a visitor to a map showing its precise location, and further details including products sold MTN Recharge cards, Top vouchers, GSM SIM cards. MTN logo is also integrated as an indication of the affiliation of the dealer to MTN.

A visitor can click on the thumbnail to see the precise location of the dealer in Lagos. The location is marked by a icon right at the centre of the map. A user can click on the map to see popped up window showing the contact details, product information and contextual dealer o business location pictures.

Visitors can also select from a drop down list a category of business e.g. restaurants to be show on the map to see the relative distance and locations of restaurants to the MTN dealer. A visitor can right click on the location icon to get accurate driving direction either to or from the dealer location.

Ireti Ajala the owner of, stated, “Most Nigerian dealership companies now recognize the importance of high-quality mapping services in lead conversion. It is believed that our effort in integrating over 400 MTN dealers in Lagos will help play an important role in boosting the ratio of online to actual visitors to MTN dealer shops. With a proven track record in online mapping, and a reputation for excellence in customer support and the reliability of its services, we are certainly pleased to have worked on this project. To integrate this solution on MTN’s website is very interested and we would be happy to discuss this with MTN or any othe rcompany interested in this type of solution.”

Monday, 16 August 2010

Over 49,000 Nigerians generated Business location maps on in June & July 2010 -Nigeria’s largest home grown online interactive map-based business directory and yellow pages recorded an unprecedented 49,015 visitors in June and July 2010. Visitors searched for over 17,000 business locations, and some 13,067 driving routes from point A to point B across different parts of Lagos.

A break down analysis showed that hotel was the most popular searched destination with over 4,700 individual searched representing about 28% of all business location searches within the period. Interestingly, searches for couriers came second with over 2,300 maps generated.

Businesses in Victoria Island understandably were the most searched within the reporting period representing over 32% of all businesses searched by suburb. This was closely followed by Surulere and Ilupeju respectively.

Ireti Ajala -CEO of Spatial Technologies Ltd (owner of said, "We are extremely excited by this statistics. This affirms our dominant position in the online location business in Nigeria. We are pleased that Lagosians are equally excited at the value that offers. We are looking forward to partnering with more businesses in the future especially those companies that which to have the location of their businesses on We charge absolutely nothing to show these locations on our map. It is our plan to make more people in Lagos appreciate the visual power that maps offer in making simple decisions such as where to buy things, where to go for lunch or the nearest Interswitch ATM"

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Goodbye ...Hello! -Nigeria’s first home-grown online interactive map and location-based service portal that was lunched in the Harmattan season of 2007 has now been retired. was developed on the simple idea of helping people find streets and business locations across Lagos in addition to getting directions to their destinations.

 Right from the inception, demostrated its commitment to helping Lagosians find placesses and business locations in an efficicent and consistent manner. This excited Nigerians and friends of Nigeria both at home and abroad. featured prominently in several blogs and Nigerian national newspapers such as: was listed as one of the 10Nigerian web start-ups to watch in 2009 on recorded over 40,000 unique visitors in the first quarter of 2009. Visitors generated over 21,000 maps showing different streets and business locations as well as over 53,000 street-by-street driving routes from different parts of Lagos won an Award
It was no surprise then that was awarded the prestigious RIMA foundation award in 2008 for the most innovative map-based website in Nigeria

 Goodbye To
However in 2009 we at Spatial Technologies Ltd (the owner of ) took a decision to redesign the portal and incorporate all the useful and positive feedback we have received from our numerous users. However we discovered that our old platform and mapserver used to develop could not support these new innovations coupled with some issues we had with our domain name. We were therefore faced with the inevitable –develop a new portal complete with new branding and identity. This was how the idea leading up to was conceived

 The Birth Of 
We are therefore excited to announce that we have developed a new portal to implement all our new exciting ideas. resonates with our core value of helping people find places in Lagos in a consistent way. With this new site, we are putting the LOCATION back in Lagos, whether it is a trip down the street of Shipeolu in Shomolu or a search for the best restaurant or bank in town.

We also introduced a new icon that can mean different things to different people. No matter what it means to you, we hope that the user experience helps you more easily navigate your

 Improvement1: Zoom via Mouse Scroll
 One of the most obvious changes you will notice in when compared to is the contemporary zoom functionality. This was our answer to several specific requests we got from our users. unlike now has the capability to zoom IN/OUT of the map via your mouse scroll! So why don’t you try it next time you’re on, hover your mouse over the map and use the scroll wheel of the mouse to zoom in or out. You can also us the Zoom slider on the left of the map window.

Improvement 2: Contextual Pictures
LagosLocation now has integrated pictures expected to enhance user experience. This helps users to marry contextual product pictures with the location.

Improvement 3: Panning to see more
Another great feature of is the ease of panning or moving the map around. Simply left click your mouse and drag the map freehand in any direction you want.

 Ireti Ajala (CEO of STL) said:“We have thoughtfully developed to be more helpful, intuitive and engaging especially where the entire experience is within view and contextually relevance throughout. We remain committed to the core premise of providing accurate maps and directions to the people of Lagos every day”

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