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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 the recession experienced in 2016, with DGP
growth of 1.9% in 2018. The telecom sector attracts considerable foreign
investment, particularly from China, and government infrastructure
programs will further stimulate investment in coming years. Market
liberalisation measures have also led to hundreds of companies, many of
them small and localised, being set up to provide a range of telecom and
value-added services.

The mobile sector has benefited from market competition and the wider
deployment of LTE technologies, which have in turn supported operator
revenue growth and encouraged the adoption of mobile broadband among
subscribers. Other than the key mobile network operators, there are a
number of additional players operating under a unified licensing regime.

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.

Nigeria has the most competitive fixed-line market in Africa, featuring
a second national operator (Globacom) and over 80 other companies
licensed to provide fixed-telephony services. The alternative carriers
combined provide around 85% of all fixed connections, though in general
terms about 80% of all connections are wireless.

Several microwave and fibre-based national backbone networks are being
rolled out by various companies. Nitel’s monopoly on international fibre
bandwidth via the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable system ended in 2009 when
Globacom’s Glo-1 cable landed in the country. The landing of additional
submarine cables (supported by improved domestic fibre infrastructure)
has delivered a further boost to the country’s developing broadband
sector by improving bandwidth and reducing prices for end-users.
Globacom is building a second cable, Glo-2, to reinforce its
infrastructure in the south of the country.

Key Developments:

  • Globacom commissions the Glo-2 cable system;
  • Government approves $328 million loan to complete national backbone
  • 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
  • MTN Nigeria secures licence for spectrum in the 2.6GHz band;
  • Efforts continue to promote infrastructure sharing;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2018,
    operator data to Q3 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses,
    recent market developments.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market

3.1 Historical overview

4 Regional Africa Market Comparison

4.1 TMI vs GDP

4.2 Mobile and mobile broadband

4.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Regulatory authority

5.2 National Telecommunications Policy (NTP)

5.3 Nigerian Communications Act

5.4 West African common regulatory framework

5.5 Interconnection

5.6 Infrastructure sharing

5.7 Telecom taxes

5.8 Universal service

5.9 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.10 Privatisation of Nitel

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Nigerian Telecommunications (Nitel)

6.2 Globacom

6.3 VGC Communications

6.4 National Long-Distance Operators (NLDO)

6.5 Fixed-wireless network operators

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 Backbone networks

7.3 International terrestrial infrastructure

7.4 International submarine infrastructure

7.5 Satellite

7.6 Data centres

Companies Mentioned

  • Nigerian Telecommunications (Nitel)
  • Pentascope
  • Transcorp
  • Globacom
  • VGC Communications (MTN)
  • Nepskom Communications
  • MTS First Wireless
  • Suburban Telecom
  • Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN)
  • Traffic Network Services
  • Fibre Tech West Africa
  • Phase3 Telecom
  • Alheri Engineering
  • Gateway Telecoms Integrated Services
  • Mobitel Nigeria
  • Prestel (O-Mobile)
  • Galaxy Backbone
  • 21st Century Technologies
  • Main One (Mainstreet Technologies)
  • Brymedia
  • NigComSat
  • O3b Networks

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