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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 million 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 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:

Airtel Niger secures LTE licence;

Airtel Niger and Orange Niger settle tax dispute;

Government adopts three decrees aimed at developing the telecom sector; reinstates tax of telecom traffic;

Orange Group applies to extend its Orange Bank service in Niger;

Niger adopts free mobile roaming with other G5 Sahel countries;

Regulator fines network operators for failing to register SIM card owners;

Niger government contributes funds for its share of the Trans-Saharan Backbone network;

Report update includes the regulators 2018 market report, operator data to Q4 2018, recent market developments, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

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.

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5.1 TMI vs GDP

5.2 Mobile and mobile broadband

5.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

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 Niger telecom (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

10.1 Mobile statistics

10.2 Regulatory issues

10.3 Mobile infrastructure

10.4 Major mobile operators

10.5 Mobile content and applications

11 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Niger 2018 (e)

Table 2 Telecom sector revenue and investment 2009 2018

Table 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 2018

Table 4 International internet bandwidth 2005 2017

Table 5 Internet users and penetration 2004 2018

Table 6 Fixed broadband connections by type 2012 2016

Table 7 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 2018

Table 8 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 2018

Table 9 Mobile BTS in service by operator 2012 2017

Table 10 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2018

Table 11 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2018

Table 12 Active mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013 2018

Table 13 Fixed and mobile internet accesses 2012 2018

Table 14 Mobile internet accesses by operator 2009 2016

Table 15 Airtel Niger mobile subscribers 2012 2018

Table 16 Orange Niger revenue 2015 2018

Table 17 Orange Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2018

Table 18 Moov Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2018

Table 19 Niger Telecom mobile subscribers 2009 2018

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 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 2018

Exhibit 1 Niger's telecom operators by license and service segment

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 West Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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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 million 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 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:

Airtel Niger secures LTE licence;

Airtel Niger and Orange Niger settle tax dispute;

Government adopts three decrees aimed at developing the telecom sector; reinstates tax of telecom traffic;

Orange Group applies to extend its Orange Bank service in Niger;

Niger adopts free mobile roaming with other G5 Sahel countries;

Regulator fines network operators for failing to register SIM card owners;

Niger government contributes funds for its share of the Trans-Saharan Backbone network;

Report update includes the regulators 2018 market report, operator data to Q4 2018, recent market developments, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector.

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.

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Market analysis

5 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5.1 TMI vs GDP

5.2 Mobile and mobile broadband

5.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

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 Niger telecom (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

10.1 Mobile statistics

10.2 Regulatory issues

10.3 Mobile infrastructure

10.4 Major mobile operators

10.5 Mobile content and applications

11 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Niger 2018 (e)

Table 2 Telecom sector revenue and investment 2009 2018

Table 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2008 2018

Table 4 International internet bandwidth 2005 2017

Table 5 Internet users and penetration 2004 2018

Table 6 Fixed broadband connections by type 2012 2016

Table 7 Fixed broadband subscribers 2004 2018

Table 8 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 2018

Table 9 Mobile BTS in service by operator 2012 2017

Table 10 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2018

Table 11 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 2018

Table 12 Active mobile broadband subscriptions and penetration 2013 2018

Table 13 Fixed and mobile internet accesses 2012 2018

Table 14 Mobile internet accesses by operator 2009 2016

Table 15 Airtel Niger mobile subscribers 2012 2018

Table 16 Orange Niger revenue 2015 2018

Table 17 Orange Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2018

Table 18 Moov Niger mobile subscribers 2009 2018

Table 19 Niger Telecom mobile subscribers 2009 2018

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 Mobile subscribers and teledensity 2008 2018

Exhibit 1 Niger's telecom operators by license and service segment

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 West Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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