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Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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 million 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 secured a global telecom licence in November 2017 and is aiming to develop greater efficiency through sharing resources and infrastructure.

Key developments:

Airtel Niger secures LTE licence;
Airtel Niger and Orange Niger settle tax dispute;
Government adopts three decrees aimed at developing the telecom sector; reinstates tax of telecom traffic;
Orange Group applies to extend its Orange Bank service in Niger;
Niger adopts free mobile roaming with other G5 Sahel countries;
Regulator fines network operators for failing to register SIM card owners;
Niger government contributes funds for its share of the Trans-Saharan Backbone network;
Report update includes the regulators 2018 market report, operator data to Q3 2018, 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 - 2018
  • Regulatory environment
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • ACCESS
    • QUALITY OF SERVICE
  • Fixed network operators
    • NIGER TELECOM (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 - 2017
  • Broadband market
    • Table Internet users and penetration - 2004 - 2018
    • Table Fixed broadband connections by type- 2012 - 2016
    • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2018
  • Mobile market
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and teledensity - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Mobile BTS in service by operator - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2018
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration - 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
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 4G (LTE)
      • GSM, 3G
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Airtel Niger (formerly Celtel/Zain)
        • Table Airtel Niger mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2018
      • 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 - 2018
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-banking
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