Nigeria - Broadband and Internet Market, Digital Economy
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.
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).