Nigeria - Broadband and Internet Market, Digital Economy
Significant consolidation has occurred in Nigeria's internet and broadband sector, from over 400 ISPs three years ago to around 100 in early 2014. New powerful players from the fixed-wireless and mobile network operator camps have entered the market with 3G mobile and advanced wireless broadband services such as WiMAX. The Internet Protocol (IP)-based next generation networks currently being rolled out are enabling converged voice, data/internet and video services. VoIP is carrying the bulk of Nigeria's international voice traffic. The arrival of a second international submarine fibre-optic cable (Glo-1) in 2009 and more in 2010, 2012 and 2013 (Main-One, WACS and ACE) has broken the monopoly of Nitel's SAT-3/WASC cable and is revolutionising the market by reducing the cost of international bandwidth by up to 90%. Additional cables are expected to go online in 2014. Supported by the expansion of several competing national fibre backbone networks, applications such as e-commerce, online banking and e-payments, e-health, e-learning and e-government are rapidly evolving.
Regulator planning to award seven licenses by end-2014 to regional infrastructure companies to extend broadband infrastructure nationally; government announces plan to auction spectrum in the 2.5GHz band by end-year; regulator lists Nitel as a defunct operator; consolidation in the ISP sector; explosive growth of mobile broadband subscriptions; more bandwidth from new international submarine fibre optic cables; rapidly evolving digital media and digital economy; market developments to mid-2014.
Companies covered in this report:
Nitel; Cyberspace; Hyperia; Linkserve; 21st Century Technologies; PINET Informatics; Odua Telecom; Swift Networks; Startech Connection; Netcom Africa; MWEB Nigeria; Gateway Communications; Accelon (Internet Solutions); Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunication; Polestar; Naija WiFi; Suburban Telecom; Zinox; Direct-on-PC; IP Direct; Starcomms; Layer3; Communication Trends Nigeria; Entertainment Highway Ltd (HiTV).
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