Nigeria - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Nigeria has Africa’s largest mobile market, with about 173 million subscribers and a penetration rate of 123%. The number of subscribers fell in 2017 as consumers responded to a poor economic climate and as regulatory measures continued to oblige operators to disconnect unregistered SIM

Efforts are also being made to encourage network sharing and to outsource the management of tower infrastructure to third parties. There remains considerable growth potential in rural areas where the provision of network infrastructure and operations is expensive, and consequently where mobile penetration is lower. The government’s plan to increase broadband penetration to 70% by 2021 largely depends on mobile infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • MTN Nigeria launches services based on LTE-A;
  • Office of the National Security Adviser establishes committees to deal with counterfeit mobile devices;
  • Visafone completes transfer of CDMA subscribers to GSM;
  • MTN and Airtel apply for Payment Service Bank licence;
  • Government commits to increasing mobile broadband penetration to 70% by 2021;
  • Disagreements emerge among new shareholders of 9Mobile;
  • Regulator calls for an additional 80,000 mobile base stations;
  • MTN Nigeria awarded spectrum in the 2.6GHz band for LTE use, extends licenses for spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands to August 2021;
  • New MTRs assigned;
  • Additional base stations installed under the USPF program;
  • Report update includes operator data to Q2 2019, regulator’s market data updates to June 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile (Globacom), Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain, Celtel), 9Mobile (Etisalat Nigeria, EMTS, Mubadala), M-Tel (Nitel), Visafone, Starcomms (Capcom), Multi-Links, Reliance, InterC Network (Intercellular), Megatech Engineering (Zoda Fones), Telkom, Econet Wireless, Vodacom.