- April 6, 2018
- Posted by: Adrian Hall
- Category: More Africa News
In the first quarter of 2018, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) issued operating licenses to seven new Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These are Bava Network and Technologies Limited, Netzplan Resources Limited, Sentient Networks Limited, Standard Communications Limited, Service Aggregation & Distribution Limited, Passage Telecommunications Nig Ltd and IP Express Ltd.
These new entries on the Internet segment, will improve the rate of Internet coverage in Nigeria. According to the telecom regulator, it is a total of 99 ISPs registered in the country. A figure however down compared to previous years. Between 1996 and 2001, there were 176 Internet service providers in Nigeria. But their number began to drop in 2002 with the expiry of licenses of some ISPs who preferred not to renew them. This decline could be accentuated this year.
In fact, according to NCC data, the license of EMC Networks Nigeria Limited, Internet Solutions Nigeria Limited and Trinitas Apo Limited expires on April 30, 2018. The validity of that of Ambion Wireless Limited and Atlantic Geodynamics Nigeria Limited is expires on May 31, 2018. For VPS Technologies Ltd, Samira Communication Systems Limited, Suburban Broadband Ltd and Sea-Net Technologies Nigeria Ltd, the validity of their licenses expires on June 30, 2018.
The licenses for Telcoworks Communications Ltd and Chinto Technologies Limited expire on October 31, 2018. Lastly, for E-Sense Technology Solutions Limited, Kropmann Communications Limited and Excelsimo Networks Limited, the validity of their licenses expires on November 30, 2018. . In sum, 14 ISPs who could also choose not to renew the experience.
Source: Agence Ecofin