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Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Niger reinstates tax on international calls

Niger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest countries in the world. As with 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:

Airtel Niger secures LTE licence;
Government adopts three decrees aimed at developing the telecom sector;
Government reinstates tax of telecom traffic;
Orange Group applies to extend its Orange Bank service in Niger;
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 Q2 2018, Telecom Maturity Index tables, charts and analysis, 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.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Niger – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue and investment – 2009 - 2016
  • REGIONAL AFRICAN MARKET COMPARISON
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • ACCESS
    • QUALITY OF SERVICE
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • SONITEL
    • ORANGE NIGER
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2008 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE (SATELLITE, SUBMARINE)
      • Table International internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by type– 2012 - 2016
  • MOBILE MARKET
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers and teledensity – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Mobile pylons in service by operator – 2012 - 2016
      • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2013 – 2018
      • Table Fixed and mobile internet accesses – 2012 – 2018
      • Table Mobile internet accesses by operator – 2009 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • OVERVIEW
    • SPECTRUM
    • SIM CARD REGISTRATION
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • GSM, 3G
    • LTE
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • AIRTEL NIGER (FORMERLY CELTEL/ZAIN)
      • Table Airtel Niger mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2016
    • ORANGE NIGER
      • Table Orange Niger revenue – 2015 – 2018
      • Table Orange Niger mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
    • MOOV NIGER
      • Table Moov Niger mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
    • NIGER TELECOM
      • Table Niger Telecom mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-BANKING
  • RELATED REPORTS

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