Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive Summary

Niger abolishes call tax on promise of telco investment boost

Niger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest countries in the world. As with many African countries, a lack of fixed telecoms infrastructure has led to growth in mobile services. Niger’s mobile penetration is modest compared to other countries in the region, while fixed broadband penetration is negligible.

However, recent investments aimed at extending the reach of fibre-optic infrastructure in Niger will lead to improved internet networks and access. In late 2016 the country was awarded €43.9 from the African Development Bank (ADB) to build-out the Trans-Saharan Dorsal optical fibre (SDR) network.

Following years of financial difficulties, the state-owned fixed line operator, Sonitel, was merged with its wholly owned mobile unit, SahelCom, in late 2016 to form a new entity, Niger Telecom. The merged company hopes to be more efficient through the sharing of resources and infrastructure. It is also hoped that Niger Telecom will be able to operate more competitively, particularly given that in the crucial mobile sector is holds less than 5% market share.

Key developments:

  • Airtel Niger secures LTE licence;
  • Government abolishes tax of telecom traffic in exchange for increased telco investments;
  • Orange Group applies to extend its Orange Bank service in Niger;
  • Regulator fines network operators for failing to register SIM card owners;
  • Niger government contributes funds for its share of the Trans-Saharan Backbone network;
  • Sonitel and SahelCom merge to form Niger Telecom;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s 2016 market report, operator data to Q1 2018, Telecom Maturity Index tables, charts and analysis, recent market developments.
  • Companies covered in this report include:

Niger Telecom (Sonitel, SahelCom), Bharti Airtel (Airtel Niger), Orange Niger, Atlantique Telecom, Moov, Maroc Telecom, Etisalat, African Development Bank.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regional African Market Comparison
  • 6. Regulatory environment
    • 6.1 Regulatory authority
    • 6.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 6.3 Access
    • 6.4 Quality of Service
  • 7. Fixed network operators
    • 7.1 Sonitel
    • 7.2 Orange Niger
  • 8. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 8.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
  • 9. Broadband market
  • 10. Mobile market
  • 11. Mobile statistics
    • 11.1 General statistics
    • 11.2 Mobile broadband
  • 12. Regulatory issues
    • 12.1 Overview
    • 12.2 Spectrum
    • 12.3 SIM card registration
  • 13. Mobile infrastructure
    • 13.1 GSM, 3G
    • 13.2 LTE
  • 14. Major mobile operators
    • 14.1 Airtel Niger (formerly Celtel/Zain)
    • 14.2 Orange Niger
    • 14.3 Moov Niger
    • 14.4 Niger Telecom
  • 15. Mobile content and applications
    • 15.1 m-banking
  • 16. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 6 – Telecom sector revenue and investment – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 8 – International internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed broadband subscribers by type– 2012 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers and teledensity – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Mobile pylons in service by operator – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed and mobile internet accesses – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile internet accesses by operator – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Airtel Niger mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 17 – Orange Niger revenue – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Orange Niger mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Moov Niger mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Niger Telecom mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 1 – Africa – Bottom -tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Laggards)
  • Chart 2 – West Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 3 – West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 4 – West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 5 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 6 – West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and teledensity – 2008 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Niger telecoms operators by license and service segment - 2018
  • Exhibit 2 – West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

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