Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018


Nigeria to benefit from sale of 2.6GHz Spectrum

Efforts to increase broadband penetration across Africa might finally be yielding some results as Broadband speed across the continent is set to increase by 240% in 2020. This is according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020. According to the report, Africa’s Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will grow 6-fold and fixed broadband speed will increase 2.4 fold with an average mobile speed connection of 5Mbps. Internet traffic in Middle East and Africa in 2020 will be equivalent to 527 times the volume of the entire Internet in the region in 2005. Nigeria is apparently not oblivious of this fact as it has recently licensed a 2.6GHz spectrum band touted to have the power to unlock the potential broadband speed available in the country. The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC in whose auspices the spectrum auction was carried out, is now claiming that the country’s broadband penetration would blossom tremendously as the bid winner rolls out services Meanwhile from the Cisco Report, it is expected that growth in IP traffic will be a global phenomenon and support up to 10 billion new devices and connections, increasing from 16.3 billion in 2015 to 26.3 billion by 2020.