Nigeria – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


Nigerian government approves funding for greater satellite connectivity

Sydney, March 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This edition of the BuddeComm report, just released, outlines the latest developments and key trends in telecommunications markets. –

In the coming years, additional capacity will be available from two additional cables, which will help reduce wholesale Internet service costs. At the end of 2021, it was announced that the 2Africa cable would be extended to the Persian Gulf, India and Pakistan, bringing its total length to over 45,000 km. A separate cable branch will join the extensions to Angola and Nigeria. Additionally, the Google-built Equiano submarine cable system will run from Portugal to South Africa, with landing stations in Nigeria (at Lagos), DRC and Namibia. This cable should be on at the end of 2022.

Along with this improved infrastructure, investments in data centers are increasing as Nigeria competes with other countries in the region to establish itself as an ICT hub. Africa Data Centers opened a carrier-neutral data center (LOS1 Lagos) in November 2021, the first of four planned for the country, while the following month Open Access Data Centers announced its commitment to invest 500 million dollars to build more than 20 operators. neutral data centers in the region. Two of them have already been built, including one in Lagos.

These developments should also help improve the fixed broadband segment, which remains underserved. With little fixed infrastructure in place, the vast majority of internet connections are through the mobile platform, and it is MNOs that will provide most of the connectivity needed to meet the government’s target of 70% penetration. broadband.

Key developments:

  • MTN Group sells its 75.6% stake in MTN Nigeria;

  • The government approves funding for a second satellite, NigComSat 2;

  • MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications each secure 100 MHz of TDD spectrum to provide 5G services;

  • Airtel Nigeria follows MTN with 5G trials;

  • The regulator modifies the international termination rate;

  • Government Approves $328 Million Loan to Complete National Backbone Project;

  • The second stage of the NIPTI project is launched, focusing on the supply of fiber in the northern regions of the country;

  • The government is committed to deploying 18,000 km of fiber to extend broadband to rural areas;

  • National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 aiming to achieve 70% broadband penetration;

  • The report update includes regulator market data through December 2021, operator data through Q4 2021, updated Telecom Maturity Index charts and analysis, valuation of the global impact of the pandemic on the telecommunications sector, recent market developments.

Companies featured in this report:

Nigerian Telecommunications (Ntel, Nitel, Pentascope, Transcorp, M-Tel), Globacom (Glo Mobile), VGC Communications (MTN Nigeria), Nepskom Communications, MTS First Wireless, Suburban Telecom, Backbone Connectivity Network (BCN), Traffic Network Services, Fiber Tech West Africa, Phase3 Telecom, Alheri Engineering, Mobitel Nigeria, Prestel (O-Mobile), Galaxy Backbone, 21st Century Technologies, Main One (Mainstreet Technologies), Brymedia, NigComSat, O3b Networks, WASACE, Linkserve, Pinet Informatics, Odu ‘a Telecom, Swift Networks, Startech Connection, Netcom Africa, MWEB Nigeria, Accelon (Internet Solutions), Polestar, Naija Wi-Fi, Suburban Telecom, Zinox, Starcomms, Layer3, Airtel Nigeria (formerly Zain, Celtel), 9Mobile (Etisalat Nigeria, EMTS, Mubadala), Visafone, Starcomms (Capcom), Multi-Links, Reliance, Econet Wireless, Vodacom.

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Casey J. Nelson