Nigeria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa, supported by the second largest economy on the continent after South Africa. Given the potential for further growth, the sector attracts considerable foreign investment. Market liberalisation measures in recent years have led to hundreds of companies, many of them small and localised, being set up to provide a range of telecom and value-added services.
The mobile sector has benefited from market competition and the wider deployment of LTE technologies, which have in turn supported operator revenue growth and encouraged the adoption of mobile broadband among subscribers. Other than the key mobile network operators, there are a number of additional players operating under a unified licensing regime.
The regulator has licensed two regional infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to build a national broadband network and offer capacity to all service providers on a non-discriminatory, open-access and price-regulated basis. An additional five InfraCo licenses are expected to be awarded later in 2017.
Nigeria has the most competitive fixed-line market in Africa, featuring a second national operator (Globacom) and over 80 other companies licensed to provide fixed-telephony services. The alternative carriers combined now provide around 85% of all fixed connections.
Several microwave and fibre-based national backbone networks are being rolled out by various companies. Nitel's monopoly on international fibre bandwidth via the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable system ended in 2009 when Globacom's Glo-1 cable landed in the country. The landing of additional submarine cables (supported by improved domestic fibre infrastructure) has delivered a further boost to the country's developing broadband sector by improving bandwidth and reducing prices for end-users.
Regulator prepares to auction five more InfraCo licences; MTN Nigeria secures licence for spectrum in the 2.6GHz band; state oil company NNPC allows part of its fibre infrastructure to be used for telecom services; NCC and NITDA establish joint committee to collaborate on efforts to develop the telecoms and ICT sectors; government proposes new tax on telecom services; regulator hopes for the telecoms sector to account for a greater share of GDP by 2025; government shelves plans to sell NigComSat; Lagos State government agrees to abolish arbitrary charges on telcos; regulator cracks down on poor quality of service; number portability finally introduced; efforts continue to promote infrastructure sharing; report update includes the regulator's market data to April 2017, operator data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.