2018 Telecommunications Industry Report


The mobile-cellular market continues to dominate the telecommunications landscape in Nigeria accounting for the vast majority of subscriptions in the Industry. The market for mobile-broadband is also growing rapidly with a large number of subscribers using mobile telephones to visit social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat regularly.

The Nigerian Telecommunications Industry has experienced mixed fortunes in the recent years as subscriber numbers dipped by around 6% in 2017 due to the recession in the economy. The Nigerian economy has, however, shown improvement, with positive quarterly GDP growth recorded since the second half of 2017. This has impacted the Telecommunications Industry positively, with the subscriber base returning to positive growth in the first quarter of 2018.

The Nigerian Telecommunications Industry continues to face significant challenges including the decline in ARPU, high leverage, fierce competition and high costs of operation due to the paucity of national infrastructure and excessive taxation. The challenges had a significant negative impact on the performance of the Industry, leading to the failure of Etisalat Nigeria’s business in 2017.

This report provides a broad insight of the Mobile-Cellular Market in Nigeria. In particular, the report:

  • Examines the Industry’s size, structure, value chains and trends.
  • Outlines key competitive tools pertinent to the success of operators in Nigeria.
  • Provides an overview of the key regulators and regulations guiding the Industry.
  • Analyses the Industry’s SWOT and provides an in-depth insight into the financial condition of the Industry.

Information that the Report Provides

  • The structure of the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry including the operating dynamics of the major players.
  • The relative market sizes of the voice, data and value-added services segments of the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry.
  • Multi-year forecasts for the Industry’s subscriber base and other key indicators.
  • Overview of telecommunications infrastructure in Nigeria and profiles of major players