Nigeria - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Nigeria's broadband sector has seen considerable consolidation among players, from over 400 ISPs in 2012 to around 90 by mid-2016. Most internet connections are via mobile networks, principally GSM and 3G and more recently LTE, though there are a number of WiMAX operators which have found niche markets. 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 national fibre backbone networks, platforms such as e-commerce, online banking and e-payments, e-health, e-learning and e-government are evolving rapidly. The government has continued with its plan to increase broadband penetration to 36% by 2018 and to enable over 80% of the population to be able to receive mobile broadband via 3G and LTE technologies.
Regulator starts licensing process to award spectrum in the 38GHz and 48GHz bands and to re-plan use of the 23GHz band for broadband services; two InfraCos named to provide wholesale fibre-based internet access to ISPs; consolidation in the ISP sector; more bandwidth available 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's market data to June 2016, operator data to Q2 2016, 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 Wi-Fi, Suburban Telecom, Zinox, Direct-on-PC, IP Direct, Starcomms, Layer3, Communication Trends Nigeria, Entertainment Highway (HiTV).