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Nigeria - Broadband and Internet Market, Digital Economy

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Significant consolidation has occurred in Nigeria’s Internet and broadband sector, from over 400 ISPs three years ago to around 100 in early 2013. New powerful players from the fixed-wireless and mobile network operator camps have entered the market with 3G mobile and advanced wireless broadband services such as WiMAX. 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 a second international submarine fibre-optic cable (Glo-1) in 2009 and a third and fourth in 2010 and 2012 (Main-One and WACS) has broken the monopoly of Nitel’s notorious SAT-3/WASC cable and is revolutionising the market by reducing the cost of international bandwidth by up to 90%. Two additional cables are expected to go online in 2013 and 2014. Supported by the expansion of several 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.

Key developments:

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.

Companies covered in this report:

Nitel; Cyberspace; Hyperia; Linkserve; 21st Century Technologies; PINET Informatics; Odua 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 Ltd (HiTV).

1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Internet statistics
2.3 Limited availability of PCs
2.3.1 Stimulus programs
2.4 Public Internet access locations
2.4.1 Mobile Internet Units (MIUs)
2.5 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
2.6 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
4.2 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
4.4 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 Mobile broadband
4.7 Internet via satellite
4.7.1 Direct-on-PC
4.7.2 BroadbandDirect
4.7.3 IP Direct
4.7.4 MWEB Nigeria
4.7.5 Other services
4.8 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
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 Blogs
7.5 Facebook
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2000 - 2013
Table 2 – International internet bandwidth in Nigeria – 2001 - 2011
Table 3 – Hyperia Nigeria broadband pricing – 2013
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2000 - 2013

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