Niger Telecoms, the state telecommunications company, has announced the completion of 16 new telecom sites in the Maradi region as part of its national program to expand network coverage, particularly in rural areas. The company made the announcement on July 1, emphasizing that the current phase involves deploying equipment, including installing and configuring transmission hardware and communication devices. This phase is crucial for effectively commissioning the sites, ensuring that the improvements quickly benefit end users, especially village populations gaining access to mobile telephony services.

According to regulators, only 38.2% of Niger’s territory is currently covered by telecom services, which serve 78% of the population. Niger Telecoms reported a geographical coverage rate of 51.8%, serving 59.9% of the population. Mobile telephony penetration stands at 65%, with internet penetration at 32%.

The national network expansion program aims to reach thousands more people and enhance Niger Telecoms’ competitiveness, especially in the mobile segment. By the end of 2023, the state-owned company ranked fourth with 1.02 million subscribers and a 6% market share. In contrast, competitors Airtel, Zamani Telecom, and Moov Africa controlled 46%, 30%, and 18% of the national mobile telephony market, respectively.

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