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Niger plans to merge its incumbent to form Niger TelecomNiger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest countries in the world. Similar to many African countries; a lack of fixed telecoms infrastructure has led to growth in mobile services. Niger's mobile penetration sits at over 40% in 2017, while fixed broadband, in comparison has a long way to go with only around 2% penetration.
However recent investments in improving fibre-optic infrastructure in Niger will lead to improved internet networks and access. Specifically, in late 2016 Niger received a boost when the African Development Bank (ADB) awarded EUR43.9 in funding to build-out the Trans-Saharan Dorsal optical fibre (SDR) network.
In late 2016 the Niger government announced it would merge it state-owned fixed line operator, Sonitel, with its wholly owned mobile unit, Sahel-Com, to form a new entity known as 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 as its mobile unit currently holds less than 5% market share.
Key telecom parameters-2013; 2016Sector20132016
Subscribers to telecoms services (million): (e)
Niger is land locked country which prevents it from accessing the undersea cables off the coast of West Africa.
In late 2016 it was announced that Sonitel and Sahel-Com would be merged to form Niger Telecom.
Niger has the lowest percentage of individuals using the internet in the world.
Mobile data penetration is also very low in Niger.
A number of mobile money transfer services have emerged. Companies covered in this report include:Sonitel, Sahel-Com, Niger Telecom, Bharti Airtel, Airtel Niger, Orange Niger, Atlantique Telecom, Moov, Maroc Telecom, Etisalat, African Development Bank.
1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Recent developments
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Telecom sector liberalisation
6. Fixed network operators
6.2 Orange Niger
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Examples of fibre network developments
7.4 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
8. Mobile market analysis
9. Mobile statistics
9.1 General statistics
9.2 Mobile voice
9.3 Mobile data
9.4 Mobile broadband statistics
10. Regulatory issues
11. Mobile infrastructure
11.1 GSM, 3G
12. Major mobile operators
12.1 Airtel Niger (formerly Celtel/Zain)
12.2 Orange Niger
12.3 Moov Niger
13. Mobile content and applications
13.1 m-banking (payments/loans)
14. Related reports
Chart 1-Mobile versus fixed-line subscribers-2008-2016
Exhibit 1-Niger telecoms operators by license and service segment-2016
Table 1-Country statistics-2016
Table 2-Telephone network statistics-2016
Table 3-Broadband statistics-2016
Table 4-Mobile statistics-2016
Table 5-National telecommunications authorities
Table 6-Fixed lines in service and teledensity-2008-2016
Table 7-Fixed broadband subscribers-2006-2016
Table 8-Mobile subscribers and teledensity-2008-2016
Table 9-Mobile operators, subscribers and market share-2015
Table 10-Active mobile broadband subscriptions-2013-2015
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