Niger in the
Niger history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.
Niger in the CIA
Niger information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational
Up to date resume about Niger leaders,
history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.
Niger National Institute of
Niger official statistics portal, with useful information.
African Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile broadband and data
market in 38 African countries as well as the emerging market for mobile content,
applications and media on the continent. Subjects covered include Mobile data services,
SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, 3G mobile broadband technologies, WCDMA, HSPA, EV-DO;
statistics, trends and analysis; major market players; mobile content, applications
and media; Mobile TV; location-based services; M-commerce, m-payments, m-banking.
See the table of contents
and report details
African Fixed and Wireless Broadband and Internet Markets
Large parts of Africa gained access to international fibre bandwidth for the first
time via submarine cables in 2009 and 2010. In other parts of the continent, additional
fibre systems have brought competition to a previously monopolised market. More
cables are expected to go online in 2011. This has led to massive investments into
terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population
centers in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries.
See report table of
Internet, ICT, Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce
March 2011 Review
Niger was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan
Africa to gain full Internet connectivity. Both fixed-line operators, Niger
Telecom and MTN Niger offer a range of data services including ISDN, ADSL and
local and international leased lines. Several Internet Service Providers are
offering wireless broadband access. A new competition framework will liberalise
VoIP Internet telephony completely, creating additional opportunities for them.
The introduction of UTL’s Freenet service and a special Internet tariff countrywide
have helped to increase Internet usage, as has the recent strong growth of the
fixed-line networks and an explosion of the number of cybercafes.
Once referred to as the Pearl of Africa, then devastated by civil war, peace and
radical economic reforms have transformed Uganda into one of the fastest-growing
economies on the continent. The entry of a second national telecom operator and
three mobile networks has revolutionised the telecoms sector. All market segments
are experiencing strong growth, while total teledensity is still low at less than
9%. Major initiatives have been launched to bring telecommunication services and
the Internet to rural areas of the country, partly funded by the highly successful
operators through a universal service fund. A new competition framework has been
announced which will include the licensing of a third national operator, a fourth
mobile operator and the liberalisation of VoIP telephony.
The introduction of cellular telephony has revolutionised Niger’s telecommunications
industry since the first network went live in 1995, with two more following in 1998
and 2001. As early as 1999 Niger became the first country on the continent where
the number of mobile subscribers passed the number of fixed-line users, and the
ratio is now more than 18:1. The market is consistently growing at around 50% p.a.,
while market penetration is still low at less than 9%. The recent introduction
of GPRS will enable the mobile operators to play a larger role in Internet service
provision, and a fourth licence for Third Generation (3G) mobile technology is