Nigerian telcos deepened their in investments on base stations and fibre deployments last year, a new year-end report by the industry regulator has shown.
Telecoms operators has continue to show a steady pattern of investments in fibre deployment and base stations by 2013 better than they did the previous year, according to the report by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
A total of 68,124km of fibre links were rolled out by telecoms operator by the end of 2013 representing a 20.56 percent increase from the 56,505km recorded by December 2012.
According to NCC out of the 68,124 km of fibre cables deployed by 2013, 48,901 km was on‐land while 19,223 km was submarine.
Glo invested the most with the largest on‐land and submarine fibre running 18,569 km and 19,200km respectively followed closely followed by MTN with submarine fibre of 18,142km. On the other hand, Multilinks deployed 5,789km of on‐land fiber while Visafone laid 43km.
In terms of signal transmission a total of 28,289 base station were built by telecoms operators by year-end 2013 indicating an increase of 22.44% from 23,105 recorded by December 2012.
MTN recorded the highest number of base stations with 11,551 built across Nigeria at the end of 2013 while Glo ha 6,305. Airtel and Etislat Nigeria had 5,997 and 4,436 base stations respectively within the period.
Visafone and Multilinks recorded a total of 641 base stations and when compared with the year 2012, revealing a decline for in the mobile CDMA segment of the telecoms industry that reported a total of 1,622 base stations by end of 2013.
In the same vein, the mobile CDMA segment posted a decline in active voice subscriptions and number of base stations linked to the dormancy of Starcomms and the closure of several base stations by Multilinks during the year.
As at December 2013, the installed capacities for the big four mobile phone companies, MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat Nigeria was 80,000,000; 39,396,740; 58,000,000 and 40,000,000 respectively.
This indicated a growth from the previous year when active voice subscriptions for MTN, Glo, Airtel and Etisalat was 56,766,085; 25,933,867; 24,847,567 and 17,035,276.
On the other hand, installed capacities for Visafone and Multilinks were 6,700,000 and 5,100,000 respectively. Visafone and Multilinks had steady installed capacities through 2012 and 2013 but experienced a constant decline in active voice subscriptions.