Vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo recently disclosed that Nigeria witnessed tremendous growth in 4G coverage across the nation with an improvement from 23% to 77.52%.
He revealed this at the 3rd Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja while discussing improvements made in the digital economy.
He said, “In August 2019, the broadband coverage was 33.7% and today it is 44.65%, representing close to 13 million new broadband users. There were 13,823 4G base stations and we now have 36,751, representing a 165.86% increase.
“The percentage of 4G coverage across the country also increased from 23% to 77.52%. The expansion has also been helped by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy directly engaging the.
“We now have Presidential approval for the 5G policy. In terms of density, 4G allows connection to about 1 million devices in 500 square kilometers, while 5G will allow the same number of devices in just 1 square kilometer. There are also very fast data rates of the 5G and more efficient energy usage”.
Prof. Osinbajo further emphasized that the digital economy is one of the major achievements of the Buhari-led administration, noting that the rapid expansion of broadband access has been a game changer that has positively impacted the nation’s economy.
There is no disputing the fact that Nigeria has continued to record a significant increase in broadband internet coverage. In two years, there was a notable increase which saw it rise from 33.7% to 44.65%.
The unprecedented success in the area of broadband penetration can be attributed to the enabling policies established by the federal government in its commitment to digitalize Nigeria, through the National Broadband Plan of 2020-2030 which targets a 90 percent penetration rate in terms of population and a 70 percent rate in terms of total land mass.
These are vast improvements over the 4G network in Nigeria, with positive impact recorded in different sectors. With the recent deployment of 5G in the country, which comes with a high data speed and low latency, it will also impact the economy compared to the 4G network, Investors King understands.
The adoption and rollout of 5G networks will significantly boost Nigeria’s socioeconomic ecosystem. Due to its high capacity, the 5G will propel the nation’s ambition for smart city development, smart transportation, and digitalized healthcare while also boosting industrial automation across the nation.
Airtel Africa Receives $194 Million Loan Facility From IFC
Airtel Africa partners with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to connect even more Africa
Africa’s leading telecommunications and mobile money services, Airtel Africa has signed a new $194 million credit facility with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank.
According to the telecommunications giant, the new financing facility is in accordance with the company’s strategy to improve debt within its operating firms and support operations in key African markets.
The eight years tenor credit facility will help Airtel Africa support operations and investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Republic of Congo and Zambia.
Also, it would help provide more diversified access to local funding, the company stated in a statement signed by Simon O’Hara, Group Company Secretary and obtained by Investors King.
In line with IFC requirements for a loan facility, Airtel Africa is expected to deepen its Social and Environmental Sustainability and has put in place a dedicated Environmental and Social Action plan.
This, Airtel said would deepen its commitment to changing the lives of people in the communities in which it operates and provides clarity on how the Group can help address inequality and support economic growth in these communities.
Commenting on the facility, Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Africa said: “I am very excited to announce the signing of this new facility with IFC. Not only does it align with our focus on improving our balance sheet through localising debt within our OpCos, but as we make progress on our sustainability journey it also supports our commitments and ability to meet strong ESG criteria. I look forward to working closely with IFC in the coming years as we explore further opportunities to support the economies and communities where we operate.”
On the part of IFC, Sérgio Pimenta, IFC Vice President for Africa, has this to say: “The COVID-19 pandemic has made mobile connectivity even more urgent for both social and economic development. Helping more people connect to affordable and fast internet networks is a priority for IFC in Africa, especially in the continent’s lower-income countries. The partnership with Airtel Africa will help achieve this.”
MTN to Bid For Second 5G Spectrum; Other Telcos Protest
MTN to bid for a second 5g spectrum on December 16, 2022
Nigerian mobile telecommunications company, MTN has showcased a potential interest to bid for a second 5G spectrum in the forthcoming auction which is scheduled for December 19, 2022.
The potential bidding however has been opposed by other telecommunication companies which claimed the move is against the spirit of competition.
Investors King could recall that MTN and Mafab Communications won the first 3.5GHz spectrum license for a 5G network which was auctioned in December 2021 by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC).
The highly competitive auction which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja also witnessed the participation of Airtel.
Subsequently, in September 2022, MTN finally launched the 5G network to boost internet speed in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Owerri, and Maiduguri.
However, to access the 5G network, users will need to have compatible devices which is a bit expensive for average Nigerians.
To this end, MTN thereafter partnered with a phone financing company, Intelligra to bridge the cost of 5G-enabled smartphones.
According to MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Adia Sowho, the partnership with Intelligra is aimed to drive 5G adoption in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, barely two months after MTN launched its 5G network, the leading telecommunication company in Nigeria has showcased a potential bid for the second spectrum which is scheduled to hold on Friday.
At a stakeholders engagement meeting organised in Lagos, MTN’s General Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Ikenna Ikeme, said the company had entered the last auction in 2021 with the expectation that it was an open market and it would be allowed to participate in other auctions should the need arise.
This, however, did not go down well with other telecommunication companies which claimed that should MTN be allowed to participate in the second auction and eventually win, it will make them dormant players which could affect the overall growth of the industry.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umar Garba Danbatta who presided over the engagement session noted that all contending issues will be given due consideration before the auction on Friday.
Access Bank, Zenith Bank, Others Activity Level Jump Despite Stock Market Negative Close
Investors transacted 187,094,282 shares worth N2.535 billion in 3,326 transactions with Access Bank accounting for 87,923,339 shares valued at N704,474,274.95
Despite the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX) opening in the red on Monday, activity on Access Bank continued to increase while Zenith Bank and others followed closely.
Investors transacted 187,094,282 shares worth N2.535 billion in 3,326 transactions with Access Bank accounting for 87,923,339 shares valued at N704,474,274.95. This may not be unconnected to Herbert Wigwe’s recent acquisition. The Chairman, Access Holdings Plc has dumped almost a billion on Access Bank stocks in the last one month.
The banking index appreciated by 26 basis points (bps) on 3.48% and 1.42% gain in the value of Union Bank of Nigeria and Sterling Bank.
The consumer goods index and industrial index were unchanged on Monday. The oil and gas shed 38 basis points on 2.56% decline in Oando.
The market vaue of all listed equities stood at N23.867 trillion, a decline of N82 billion from N23.949 trillion it closed on Friday. The NGX All-share index shed 0.34% from 43,968.75 index points it settled last week to 43,818.12 index points.
The Exchange Yea-to-date return declined to 2.58% as only 13 stocks closed in the green against another 13 that lost points. See other details below.
Top Five Gainers
|FTNCOCOA||N 0.31||N 0.34||0.03||9.68 %|
|CHIPLC||N 0.58||N 0.62||0.04||6.90 %|
|MANSARD||N 1.53||N 1.62||0.09||5.88 %|
|CHAMS||N 0.24||N 0.25||0.01||4.17 %|
|UBN||N 5.75||N 5.95||0.20||3.48 %|
Top Five Losers
|JOHNHOLT||N 0.81||N 0.73||-0.08||-9.88 %|
|SCOA||N 1.75||N 1.58||-0.17||-9.71 %|
|PRESTIGE||N 0.39||N 0.36||-0.03||-7.69 %|
|UNITYBNK||N 0.57||N 0.54||-0.03||-5.26 %|
|AFRIPRUD||N 5.35||N 5.10||-0.25||-4.67 %|
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