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Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

July 2020 | 99 pages | ID: NBBA343E1B4EN
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The Niger - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Niger’s difficult economic climate encourages exit of Orange Group

Niger is one of the largest countries in West Africa but also one of the poorest in the world. As with many African markets, 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.

Recent international investment to complete the Trans-Saharan Dorsal optical fibre (SDR) network has extended the reach of fibre-optic infrastructure in the country and also increased international capacity. Despite this, investment among operators has fallen dramatically since 2015. This is partly the result of a poor economic climate since then, which saw a 7.5% fall in market revenue in 2019, year-on-year. Orange Niger made no significant investment in 2019, as the company exited the market.

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 secured a global telecom licence in November 2017 and is aiming to develop greater efficiency through sharing resources and infrastructure.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • 15-year LTE licence awarded to Zamani Com,
  • Orange Group sells its local unit Orange Niger,
  • Regulator again fines the MNOs for poor QoS;
  • World Bank provides $100 million to facilitate Niger’s digital progress;
  • Niger adopts free mobile roaming with other G5 Sahel countries;
  • Report update includes the regulators 2019 market report, operator data to Q2 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, 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.
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL AFRICA MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 TMI vs GDP
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market analysis

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile infrastructure
7.3 Mobile broadband
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Niger Telecom (Sonitel)
9.2 Orange Niger

10 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)

11 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

12 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Niger 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of telecom sector revenue and investment 2009 2019
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile BTS in service by operator 2012 2019
Table 5 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2019
Table 6 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2019
Table 7 Development of operator ARPU 2015 2019
Table 8 Development of operator ARPU 2015 2019
Table 9 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Table 10 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Table 11 Growth in the number of fixed and mobile internet accesses and penetration 2012 2019
Table 12 Growth in the number of fixed and mobile internet accesses and penetration 2012 2019
Table 13 Growth in the number of mobile internet accesses by operator 2012 2019
Table 14 Growth in the number of mobile internet accesses by operator 2012 2019
Table 15 Growth in the number of Airtel Niger's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Table 16 Growth in the number of Airtel Niger's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Table 17 Development of Airtel Niger's revenue and capex 2009 2019
Table 18 Development of Airtel Niger's revenue and capex 2009 2019
Table 19 Change in Airtel Niger's mobile ARPU 2009 2019
Table 20 Development of Orange Niger's revenue and capex 2014 2019
Table 21 Development of Orange Niger's revenue () 2014 2019
Table 22 Development of Orange Niger's revenue and capex (XOF) 2015 2019
Table 23 Development of Orange Niger's revenue and capex (XOF) 2015 2019
Table 24 Growth in the number of Orange Niger's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 25 Growth in the number of Orange Niger's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 26 Growth in the number of Orange Niger mobile subscribers (company data) 2014 2019
Table 27 Change in Orange Niger's mobile ARPU 2009 2019
Table 28 Growth in the number of Moov Niger's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 29 Growth in the number of Moov Niger's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 30 Development of Moov Niger's revenue and capex 2009 2019
Table 31 Development of Moov Niger's revenue and capex 2009 2019
Table 32 Change in Niger Telecom's mobile ARPU 2010 2019
Table 33 Growth in the number of Niger Telecom's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 34 Growth in the number of Moov Niger's mobile subscribers 2009 2020
Table 35 Development of Niger Telecom's revenue 2009 2019
Table 36 Development of Niger Telecom's investment 2009 2019
Table 37 Change in Niger Telecom's mobile ARPU 2010 2019
Table 38 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2010 2019
Table 39 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2009 2019
Table 40 Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by type 2012 2019
Table 41 Change in the number of fixed broadband connections by type 2012 2019
Table 42 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 2019
Table 43 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 2019
Table 44 International internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 45 International internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 46 Historic - Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 2009
Table 47 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2004 2009
Table 48 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2005 2009
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 2 West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 3 Africa Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents) 2018
Chart 4 West Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018
Chart 5 West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Development of telecom sector revenue and investment 2009 2019
Chart 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Growth in the number of mobile BTS in service by operator 2012 2019
Exhibit 2 West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Niger's telecom operators by license and service segment


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