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Nigeria - Broadband Market and Digital Economy - Insights and Statistics

The fast pace of change in Nigeria's broadband sector has seen considerable consolidation among players, from over 400 ISPs in 2012 to around 100 by mid-2015. A number of operators from the fixed-wireless and mobile sectors have entered the market. The delivery of broadband services is dominated by mobile services, principally from GSM and 3G networks, though there are a number of WiMAX operators which have found niche markets. 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 additional international submarine fibre-optic cables since 2009 (Glo-1, Main-One, WACS and ACE) broke the monopoly held by Nitel via its SAT-3/WASC cable, and continues to revolutionise the market. The cost of international bandwidth has been reduced by up to 90%, while improved domestic fibre cabling has also helped reduce the cost of broadband services for consumers.

Supported by the expansion of 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. The government in early 2015 also committed to increasing broadband penetration from about 8% to 36% by 2018.

Key developments:

Two InfraCos named to provide wholesale fibre-based internet access to ISPs; regulator planning spectrum licenses to regional infrastructure companies to extend broadband nationally; government suspends auction of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band; 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; government devising strategy to increase broadband penetration to 36% by 2018; update includes regulator data to December 2014, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Nitel; Cyberspace; Hyperia; Linkserve; 21st Century Technologies; PINET Informatics; Odu'a 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 (HiTV).


1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Government measures
2.3 Internet statistics
2.4 Limited availability of PCs
2.4.1 Stimulus programs
2.5 Public Internet access locations
2.5.1 Mobile Internet Units (MIUs)
2.6 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
2.7 Country code top level domain (ccTLD) administration
3. ISP market
3.1 Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN)
3.2 Selected ISPs
3.2.1 Cyberspace
3.2.2 Hyperia
3.2.3 Linkserve
3.2.4 21st Century Technologies
3.2.5 PINET Informatics
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.1.1 National Broadband Plan
4.2 ADSL
4.3 Wireless broadband
4.3.1 Odu'a Telecom
4.3.2 Swift Networks
4.3.3 Startech Connection
4.3.4 Nitel
4.3.5 Netcom Africa
4.3.6 MWEB Nigeria
4.3.7 Gateway Communications
4.3.8 2.3GHz auction
4.3.9 2.5GHz auction
4.4 WiFi
4.4.1 Accelon, Internet Solutions
4.4.2 Jigawa Broadband Access Network
4.4.3 Polestar/5G WiFi network in Lagos
4.4.4 NaijaWiFi
4.4.5 Abuja WiFi, WiMAX
4.4.6 Enugu
4.4.7 Bharti Airtel
4.5 WiMAX
4.6 Internet via satellite
4.6.1 Direct-on-PC
4.6.2 BroadbandDirect
4.6.3 IP Direct
4.6.4 MWEB Nigeria
4.6.5 Other services
4.7 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
4.8 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
5. VoIP Internet telephony
5.1 Nitel
5.2 Globacom
5.3 Starcomms
5.4 Adesemi Nigeria
5.5 MWEB Nigeria
5.6 Accelon
5.7 Linkserve
5.8 Layer3
5.9 Swift Networks
6. Digital Economy
6.1 E-commerce, e-payments
6.2 E-government
6.2.1 E-voting
6.3 E-health
6.4 E-learning
6.5 Electronic Crimes Bill
7. Digital media
7.1 Cable TV
7.2 Internet TV
7.3 Triple-play, NGN
7.4 Digital TV
7.5 Blogs
7.6 Facebook
8. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria 2000 - 2015
Table 2 International internet bandwidth in Nigeria 2001 - 2013
Table 3 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 4 Active fixed-wireless broadband lines 2007 - 2015
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria 2000 - 2015

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