Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Telecom revenue rose by 15% in 1 year - NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, reports that revenue generated in the telecommunication section grew by 15percent in 2018, to hit N2.25trillion during the period.

A 2018 network/subscriber data from the commission shows that the revenue generated by telecom operators rose from N1. 96trilliin in 2017, to 2.25trillion by December 2018.

Operators’ investment in infrastructure however declined significantly to N32.1billion by the end of 2018, indicating a 62 percent drop from the total investment made in 2017.

Analysis of the report indicated that the GSM operators made up of MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9 mobile grew their revenue by 13.6percent from N1.57trillion in 2017 to N1.78trillion in 2018, while fixed network operators grew their revenue by 1 .5 percent from N4.05billion to N4.11billion.

Internet service providers also grew their revenue by 23.4 percent to reach N43.83billion in 2018 from N35.53billion in 2017.

The operating cost of the companies increased by two percent from N1.72trillion in 2017 to N1.76trilliin in 2018. The capital investment of operators decreased from N84.7billion in 2017 to N 32.1billiin in 2018, the 2018 report indicated.

The commission said that the figure was based on the number of responses it received from the network operators in the country.

“The reason may be attributed to the lack of response from operators like (INT Towers Limited) for 2018 figures as well as low level of responses from other operators in the same market segment,” the industry regulator said.

However, the NCC said there was substantial telecom infrastructure growth as operators reported a total of 52, 160 Base Transceiver Stations and co- location towers, 334,314 km of microwave, 151 gateways and 84, 580.7 km of fibre optics.

According to the NCC, the number of telecom towers in the country affects quality of service experienced by subscribers.

The data indicated that mobile network operators added 39 BTS in one year, from 30,598 in December 2017 to 30,637 in December 2018.

“As of December 2018, MTN owned the highest number of base stations standing at 14,715 base stations, with Airtel owning 7,966; Glo 7,244; NTEL- 562; EMTS(9 mobile) 148 and Smile two base stations,” the report added.

Ipnx was said to be the only fixed telephony operators with base stations, having a total number of 51 base stations as of December 2018, recording a slight increase of four percent as the number stood at 49 base stations in 2017.

For value added services, collocation and infrastructure service providers and interconnect operators among others, a total of 22,245 base stations were reported as against 15,117 in 2017.

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