Nigeria - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


Nigeria’s broadband sector has seen considerable consolidation among players, from over 400 ISPs in 2012 to fewer than 90 by early 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. A number of 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 continued with its plan to increase broadband penetration to 30% by 2020 and to increase mobile broadband penetration to 50% by 2020. To this end the regulator is looking to auction additional spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.3GHz bands. However, the government doubts that the broadband targets can be reached, given the current conditions for deploying

Key developments:

  • InfraCos ordered to deploy networks within a year of receiving licenses;
  • Regulator calls for reduced fibre access pricing to reach 30% penetration goal;
  • Swift Networks to add an additional 10,000 hotspots in Lagos, reaching two million people;
  • Digital broadcasting migration process begins in six states;
  • Regulator starts licensing process to award spectrum in the 38GHz and 48GHz bands and to re-plan use of the 23GHz band for broadband services;
  • Two more InfraCos licensed in February 2018 to provide wholesale fibre-based internet access to ISPs;
  • More bandwidth available from new international submarine fibre optic cables;
  • Rapidly evolving digital economy;
  • Report update includes regulator’s market data to March 2018, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Nitel, 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

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Internet Exchange Points (IXP)
    • 2.3 National Broadband Plan
    • 2.4 Broadband statistics
    • 2.5 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 3. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 3.1 Providers
  • 4. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • 5. Other fixed broadband services
    • 5.1 Broadband over Powerlines (BPL)
    • 5.2 Fixed wireless
      • 5.2.1 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
      • 5.2.2 Wi-Fi
      • 5.2.3 WiMAX
      • 5.2.4 Internet via satellite
  • 6. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2010 - 2022
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Fixed-wired broadband subscribers by operator – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 7 – Fixed and-fixed wireless broadband lines – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in Nigeria – 2000 - 2022

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