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Nigeria has one of the largest telecom markets in Africa. Given its potential for further growth, the sector attracts considerable foreign investment. Far reaching liberalisation in recent years has led to hundreds of companies, many of them small and localised, providing varied telecom and value-added services in an effectively regulated market.

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The Internet penetration rate in Nigeria by mid-2016 was slightly over 50% of the population. The Nigerian mobile market, with about 150 million subscribers and a penetration rate of 107%, is the largest one in Africa. Several players in the broadband sector have consolidated in the last few years, from over 400 ISPs in 2012 to around 90 in 2016. Most Internet connections in Nigeria are done via mobile networks, principally GSM and 3G and more recently LTE, though there are also some WiMAX operators.


Nigeria is one of the biggest and fastest growing telecom markets in Africa, attracting huge amounts of foreign investment, and is yet standing at low levels of market penetration. The mobile sector has seen triple-digit growth rates every year since competition has been introduced. A second national operator (SNO) and four national long-distance operators have been licensed as well as over 200 other companies providing virtually all kinds of telecom and value-added services. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is the independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, and it is dedicated to the development of an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry, as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.


Following an April 2014 statistical “rebasing” exercise, Nigeria has emerged as Africa’s largest economy, with 2015 GDP estimated at $1.1 trillion. Oil has been a dominant source of income and government revenues since the 1970s. Following the 2008-9 global financial crises, the banking sector was effectively recapitalized and regulation enhanced. Nigeria’s economic growth over the last five years has been driven by growth in agriculture, telecommunications, and services. Economic diversification and strong growth have not translated into a significant decline in poverty levels, however – over 62% of Nigeria’s 170 million people still live in extreme poverty.
Despite its strong fundamentals, oil-rich Nigeria has been hobbled by inadequate power supply, lack of infrastructure, delays in the passage of legislative reforms, an inefficient property registration system, restrictive trade policies, an inconsistent regulatory environment, a slow and ineffective judicial system, unreliable dispute resolution mechanisms, insecurity, and pervasive corruption. The medium-term outlook for Nigeria is positive, assuming oil output stabilizes and oil prices recover.


Fixed PSTN (local, national and international): 2

Cellular mobile: 9

MVNOs: 7

Licensed cable operators: 7

Cisco Certified Partners: 292


After a decade of failed privatisation attempts, the incumbent national telco Nitel and its mobile arm M-Tel went into liquidation, and the NATCOM Consortium acquired the company in March 2015. Another Nigeria Telecom Company (Ntel) was launched In April which took the place of Nitel, Ntel is the newest reincarnation of the former incumbent telecoms company. The Nigerian government handed over NITEL/Mtel assets over to NATCOM (Ntel’s parent company). Industry watchers have doubts about whether NATCOM can turn around the company, as most of the infrastructure is obsolete and has been run-down for years.


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