Nigeria ICT

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In the past five years Nigeria has grown into one of Africa’s largest and most vibrant markets for ICT products and services, with an ecosystem that ranges from software start-ups to infrastructure firms. According to the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT), the federal oversight body, the nation accounts for 29% of all internet usage on the continent, and this...

 

What strides have been made in improving telecoms operators’ ability to lay new infrastructure?

Under Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), launched by the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (FMCT) in 2013, the government plans to increase wireless broadband penetration in the country to 42% by 2018. This represents a major jump on the current rate of 6% over a relatively brief span, but there is precedent for growth of this magnitude in Nigeria’s...

As in many developing nations in Africa and around the world, Nigeria’s rural population has declined in recent years as a result of steadily increasing rural-urban migration. While this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, providing public services to rural communities remains a government priority.

 

What trends are you seeing in the expansion of network towers in recent years?

In recent years Nigeria has developed into a major market for ICT firms of all stripes. With a population of nearly 170m people – more than a third of whom subscribe to mobile internet services, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission – the country is the largest potential market for ICT products in Africa and one of the fastest-growing in the world. The...

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