Nigeria’s broadband sector has seen considerable consolidation among players, from over 400 ISPs in 2012 to about 100 by the end of 2018. 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. Several international submarine fibre-optic cables have landed since 2009, which has contributed to lower pricing for consumers and greater capacity for fixed-line and mobile backhaul.
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 updated its broadband ambitions, aiming to increase penetration from 30% by 2020 to 70% by 2021. Most connections will be via mobile networks, with a greater reliance on LTE infrastructure. To this end the regulator is looking to auction additional spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.3GHz bands.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Nitel (ntel), 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).
Table of Contents
Introduction and statistical overview
Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
National Broadband Plan
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
Other fixed broadband services
Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
Internet via satellite
Appendix – Historic data
List of Tables
Table 1 – Fixed wireless broadband lines – 2014 – 2019
Table 2 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2000 – 2009
List of Charts
Chart 1 – Total fixed-line (wired) broadband subscribers – 2014 – 2024
Chart 2 – Fixed-line (wired) broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2019
Chart 3 – Change in the number of fixed-wired broadband subscribers by operator – 2017 – 2019
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