Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews - Nigeria

Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews - Nigeria

Nigeria has one of the biggest and fastest growing telecom markets in Africa, attracting huge amounts of foreign investment. Far reaching liberalisation has led to hundreds of companies providing all kinds of telecom and value-added services in an independently regulated market. The mobile sector, which saw triple-digit growth rates five years in a row after competition was introduced, has been joined by a number of additional players under a unified licensing regime which has also boosted the country's underdeveloped Internet and broadband sector. Third and fourth generation (3G/4G) mobile and WiMAX wireless broadband services are being rolled out at a rapid pace, backed by new national and international fibre links. After a decade of failed privatisation attempts, the incumbent national telco Nitel and its mobile arm M-Tel are currently in liquidation, with two operators Natcom Consortium and Nectar Consortium having been selected in August 2014 for the next round if the process.

Key developments:

Government proposes reduction in telcos taxes to boost sector investment; Lagos State government agrees to abolish arbitrary charges on telcos in the state; national telco Nitel in liquidation, with two companies selected to enter secondary bids; regulator cracks down on poor quality of service; new price caps and lower interconnection rates; number portability finally introduced; efforts continue to promote infrastructure sharing.

Companies covered in this report:

Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (Nitel); Globacom; Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain, Celtel); Etisalat Nigeria (EMTS, Mubadala); M-Tel (Nitel); Visafone; Starcomms; Multi-Links; Gicell Wireless; Mobitel, Spectranet, Smile Communications.

1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Overview of Nigeria's telecom market
3.1 Background
3.2 Mobile market
3.3 Fixed-line and fixed-wireless market
3.4 Internet and broadband market
3.5 Telecom investments
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Nigerian Communications Commission Decree (NCCD)
4.2 National Telecommunications Policy (NTP)
4.3 Nigerian Communications Act
4.4 West African common regulatory framework
4.5 Class Licence policy extension
5. Regulatory authority
5.1 Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)
5.1.1 NCC Challenges and Direction
6. Key regulatory issues
6.1 Interconnection
6.2 Quality of service (QoS)
6.3 Environmental impact of telecom towers
6.4 Infrastructure sharing
6.5 No regulation on state level
6.6 Universal service
6.6.1 National Rural Telephony Program (NRTP)
6.6.2 National Information Technology Development (NITD) Fund
6.6.3 Backbone Transmission Infrastructure Project (BTRAIN)
6.7 National emergency numbers
6.8 Foreign ownership
6.9 Mandatory NSE listing
6.10 Dominant market players
7. Telecom sector liberalisation
7.1 Globacom's SNO licence
7.2 Regional fixed-wireless access (FWA) licences
7.3 International gateway licences
7.4 Unified licensing regime
7.5 Regional broadband infrastructure licences
8. Privatisation of Nitel
8.1 IPO
8.2 Liquidation
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Financial bids for Nitel/M-Tel, first and second round 2010
Chart 1 Financial bids for Nitel/M-Tel, first and second round 2010
Exhibit 1 Number of telecom licences by category 2013
Exhibit 2 Regional FWA licensees

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