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Nigeria Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market 2019 Upcoming Trends, Challenges and Industry Key Players – Nigerian Telecommunications, Globacom, VGC, Nepskom, MTS First Wireless & Forecast to 2023


Nigeria Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market 2019 Upcoming Trends, Challenges and Industry Key Players – Nigerian Telecommunications, Globacom, VGC, Nepskom, MTS First Wireless & Forecast to 2023

Press Release “Nigeria – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses” report has been added to its Research Database.

Scope of the Report:

Nigeria updates broadband penetration target for 2021

Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. The economy has recovered from a recent recession, with DGP growth of 1.9% in 2018. This has helped the telecom sector to attract foreign investment, particularly from China, while government infrastructure programs are also stimulating investment.

The regulator has licensed a number of regional infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to build the national broadband network and offer capacity to all service providers on a non-discriminatory, open-access and price-regulated basis. This is helping to boost the country’s fixed-line broadband sector, which has seen considerable consolidation among players in recent years.

The government has updated its broadband ambitions, aiming to increase penetration from 30% by 2020 to 70% by 2021 though most connections will be via mobile networks. The sector is still dominated by GSM technology, though a greater reliance on LTE infrastructure is expected in coming years, supported by improved terrestrial fibre networks to provide backhaul for data services.


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Key developments:

Globacom commissions the Glo-2 cable system;
Government approves $328 million loan to complete national backbone project;
Regulator licences additional InfraCos;
Government pledges to deploy 18,000km of fibre to extend broadband to rural areas;
Two additional satellites proposed to provide additional capacity to NigComSat;
Swift Networks to add an additional 10,000 hotspots in Lagos, reaching two million people;
Digital broadcasting migration process begins in six states;
MTN and Airtel apply for Payment Service Bank licence;
Government commits to increasing mobile broadband penetration to 70% by 2021;
Disagreements emerge among new shareholders of 9Mobile;
Regulator calls for an additional 80,000 mobile base stations;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report: 

Nigerian Telecommunications (ntel, Nitel, Pentascope, Transcorp, M-Tel), Globacom (Glo Mobile), VGC Communications (MTN Nigeria), Nepskom Communications, MTS First Wireless, Suburban Telecom, Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), Traffic Network Services, Fibre Tech West Africa, Phase3 Telecom, Alheri Engineering, Mobitel Nigeria, Prestel (O-Mobile), Galaxy Backbone, 21st Century Technologies, Main One (Mainstreet Technologies), Brymedia, NigComSat, O3b Networks, WASACE, Linkserve, Pinet Informatics, Odu’a Telecom, Swift Networks, Startech Connection, Netcom Africa, MWEB Nigeria, Accelon (Internet Solutions), Polestar, Naija Wi-Fi, Suburban Telecom, Zinox, Starcomms, Layer3, Airtel Nigeria (formerly Zain, Celtel), 9Mobile (Etisalat Nigeria, EMTS, Mubadala), Visafone, Starcomms (Capcom), Multi-Links, Reliance, Econet Wireless, Vodacom.
Henry LancasterFebruary 2019


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Major Key Points in Table of Content:

Key statistics

Country overview

Telecommunications market

Historical overview

Regulatory environment

Regulatory authority

National Telecommunications Policy (NTP)

Nigerian Communications Act

West African common regulatory framework

Interconnection Infrastructure sharing

Telecom taxes Universal service

National Rural Telephony Program (NRTP)

National Information Technology Development (NITD)

Fund Backbone Transmission Infrastructure Project (BTRAIN)

Telecom sector

liberalisation Globacom’s SNO licence

Regional fixed-wireless access (FWA)

licences International gateway licences

Unified licensing regime Privatisation of Nitel

Fixed network operators

Nigerian Telecommunications (Nitel)

National backbone network

Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

Globacom Network infrastructure

Fibre optic backbone network

International presence Services



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