• The operator will take advantage of satellite technology for rural-urban telecommunications services.
By the first quarter of 2021, licensed Internet service providers (ISPs) in the country had connected some 338,028 users. Of this figure, 182,093 users are active, while 155,935 have remained inactive.
Statistics from the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), which revealed this, showed that at the start of the year there were 65 licensed ISPs with 1,658 points of presence (PoPs) spread across the country.
According to NCC statistics, three months after the start of the year, the five active ISPs are Spectranet, Tizeti, Astramix, IPNX and VDT. Specifically, Spectranet connected more subscribers, with 247,635, including 117,252 active users. The company has 629 PoPs in its service areas. The firm is followed by Tizeti, with 29,917 connected users with 14,591 main subscribers and 116 PoPs.
Astramix ranks third with 15,000 logged in users, 14,591 active subscriptions and three PoPs. 10,085 of the 14,064 connected users of IPNX Nigeria Limited are active. The company has 52 PoPs across the country. VDT has 58 PoPs, where it serves 7,624 users from the 7,628 connected subscribers.
Other licensed operators include Cobranet with 3428 active users, Cyberspace 3682, Estream 140; Hyperie 1,389; Internet 700 solution; MainOne 1476, Odua Investment Four, Zeta Web 438, Skymax 209, Orange Business144, Dimension Data 590, among others.
Commenting on the situation, Nigerian Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) coordinator Olusola Teniola said 46% of subscribers may have left ISPs and migrated to ISP offerings from other service providers, representing a loss of revenue for the ISP. sub-segment to mobile network operators (MNOs).
He explained that the migration of subscribers from one player to another means the intensity of competition and the challenges of Quality of Service.
According to him, pricing seems to be the major factor in winning customers and being able to build a strong customer base. He said that it appears that MNO’s ISP offerings are now rated as satisfactory by the typical traditional ISP customer, especially businesses and SMEs, which has played a role in the steady decline of the traditional ISP’s customer base.
Teniola, former president of the Telecommunications Operators Association of Nigeria (ATCON), said the niche of their offerings reflects the numbers and gives a traditional ISP a higher average revenue per user (ARPU) rate than MNOs. .
The boss of A4AI said the market will provide more opportunities for value-added services beyond voice and data and this is an area that will attract innovation and nibble at gamers, “it is there that the next level of competition will witness “.
Speaking to reporters recently, VDT Group Managing Director / CEO Biodun Omoniyi said that although the ISP space remains difficult in Nigeria due to some challenges, players have continued to resist storm.
He said, for example, that VDT has gone beyond simply providing services as an ISP, but has grown into a wholesale broadband company and provider.
Omoniyi said the company’s business model was data-centric from day one of operations and was not threatened by the foray of bigger players into the data space, even if it was mainly voice operators.
“The reason is that our services complement those of the larger operators and we work in partnership with them to provide quality service to customers. Currently, the data market is expanding as more and more people are using data and we can all play comfortably in the data space. In the data market, the business is even slowing down because most of our partner companies like banks are not opening new branches while some are even closing existing bank branches because technology has enabled them to provide online services. line that allow bank customers to conduct financial transactions online without going to bank branches.
“What we’re doing at VDT is doing more retail where we have more customers to serve. We are strengthening our presence in the retail market to provide data services to individuals, ”he said.
In a related development, Sairtel, an ISP, is to take advantage of satellite technology to expand rural-urban telecommunications services. This development is expected to change the data prices for Nigeria.
For some areas like the North East and others where citizens need internet services to stay compliant and run their business but with network challenges, Sairtel management when unveiling its unlimited high speed internet said that she would use her years of experience and professionalism in ISP to overcome most of these challenges.
It has ensured Nigerians unrestricted access across the country and beyond. The company also revealed that it was ready to expand its services to areas of northern Nigeria ravaged by insurgents.
Speaking to reporters at the unveiling of the service in Lagos, Sairtel Managing Director Salvation Alibor noted that with the super-fast internet service, data can be accessed from any part of the country, which will help solve the challenges that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and ISPs face with last mile and right of way (RoW) issues.
“One of our unique approaches to go to market is that our Internet service is satellite-based and covers all regions of the country, especially the Northeast, where many ISPs and MNOs have either discontinued or are offering service. very epileptic. Ours is to fill these gaps in places that have topography problems.
“Our solution comes with unlimited downloads, no data limits, no limitations and no FAP tokens required. These set us apart from our industry peers. With us, you don’t have to worry about watching Netflix or YouTube videos, ”he said.
According to him, the solution is based on a K-Band satellite integrating others in partnership with global industry leaders like Hughes, YahSat and Avanti.
While assuring that the service provides subscribers with options such as free migration and equipment, Alibor said the technology has been described as a problem-free satellite with one of the best footprints in sub-Saharan Africa.
The company also said subscribers of other satellite services or departed satellite companies can still use their existing equipment to access or migrate to Sairtel services, reducing the burden of purchasing new equipment. For schools and people living in clusters such as estates and amenities, the company has promised free materials.
“Our philosophy is access to the Internet anytime, anywhere, unrestricted, anytime, anywhere. Whatever your reason for wanting to use the internet, whether for study, entertainment, or education, the internet should work for us, which is what we firmly believe in.
“Sairtel’s satellite Internet solution is all about affordability, reliability and accessibility. We believe that even if you find yourself in the most remote areas of states as far away as Sokoto, or in impossible terrain like the Mambilla Plateau, in crisis areas like Borno, Katsina, Zamfara states or even in Nigeria’s so far remote and unreached borders, you should have super-fast internet service. We are changing the narrative of the fast internet only located in city centers, we are changing that narrative with our robust internet solution and that is what we are presenting to Nigerians today, ”Alibor added.