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Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Niger abolishes call tax on promise of telco investment boost

Niger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest countries in the world. Similar to many African countries; a lack of fixed telecoms infrastructure has led to growth in mobile services. Niger's mobile penetration is modest compared to other countries in the region, while fixed broadband penetration is negligible.

However, recent investments aimed at extending the reach of fibre-optic infrastructure in Niger will lead to improved internet networks and access. In late 2016 the country was awarded 43.9 from the African Development Bank (ADB) to build-out the Trans-Saharan Dorsal optical fibre (SDR) network.

Following years of financial difficulties, the state-owned fixed line operator, Sonitel, was merged with its wholly owned mobile unit, SahelCom, in late 2016 to form a new entity, Niger Telecom. The merged company hopes to be more efficient through the sharing of resources and infrastructure. It is also hoped that Niger Telecom will be able to operate more competitively, particularly given that in the crucial mobile sector is holds less than 5% market share.

Key developments:

Government abolishes tax of telecom traffic in exchange for increased telco investments;

Regulator fines network operators for failing to register SIM card owners;

Niger government contributes funds for its share of the Trans-Saharan Backbone network;

Sonitel and SahelCom merge to form Niger Telecom;

Report update includes the regulator's 2016 market report, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Niger Telecom (Sonitel, SahelCom), Bharti Airtel (Airtel Niger), Orange Niger, Atlantique Telecom, Moov, Maroc Telecom, Etisalat, African Development Bank.

1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.3 Access
5.4 Quality of Service
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Sonitel
6.2 Orange Niger
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
8. Broadband market
9. Mobile market
10. Mobile statistics
10.1 General statistics
10.2 Mobile broadband
11. Regulatory issues
11.1 Overview
11.2 Spectrum
11.3 SIM card registration
12. Mobile infrastructure
12.1 GSM, 3G
13. Major mobile operators
13.1 Airtel Niger (formerly Celtel/Zain)
13.2 Orange Niger
13.3 Moov Niger
13.4 Niger Telecom
14. Mobile content and applications
14.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
15. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 National telecommunications authorities
Table 6 Telecom sector revenue and investment 2009 - 2016
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 - 2018
Table 8 International internet bandwidth 2005 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed broadband subscribers by type 2012 - 2016
Table 10 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 - 2018
Table 11 Mobile pylons in service by operator 2012 - 2016
Table 12 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2013 2018
Table 14 Fixed and mobile internet accesses 2012 2018
Table 15 Mobile internet accesses by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 16 Airtel Niger mobile subscribers 2012 2016
Table 17 Orange Niger revenue 2015 2017
Table 18 Orange Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2017
Table 19 Moov Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2017
Table 20 Niger Telecom mobile subscribers 2009 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Niger telecoms operators by license and service segment - 2018

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