With a $1 billion commitment to a five-year rollout and expansion plan, the new owner of Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), now NTEL, NATCOM Consortium, projects over 50 million subscribers in Nigeria by 2020 as it prepares to launch the network’s full commercial operations next month in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos.
NTEL’s CEO, Kamar Abass, presented the plan to a delegation of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria in Lagos recently and emphasised the deployment of pure 4G LTE network to be transmitted on Goldilock system with speeds of up to 240 Mbps.
Though congested, figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show that as at December 2015, the local telecommunications market featured over 150 million active mobile (GSM) subscribers, about 100 million active internet subscriptions (GSM) and over two million mobile (CDMA) subscribers. The country’s population currently stands at about 190 million.
NATCOM’s ambition is largely dependent on the outcome of fierce competition between ntel and other existing telcos in the country – MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat.
According to the NCC mobile telecommunications operators recorded an approximate 11.9% increase in the number of subscribers between 2014 and 2015.
If NTEL realises its target within the given time frame, it would be a record first since the launch of GSM operation in Nigeria in 2001. NCC figures show that MTN, which launched its services in the country in 2001 following the abysmal performance of NITEL as the sole service provider at the time, is the only telco to have crossed the 50 million mark fifteen years later with over 62 million subscribers today.
The other telcos, which have been operational for at least a decade stand, are positioned around the 30 million mark.
Source: IT WEB Africa