Airtel Niger, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel, has been awarded a licence to provide 4G LTE services. Agence Nigerienne de Presse cites a government statement as saying that a competitive procedure was launched to allocate a 4G concession to one of the country’s four existing mobile operators, with Airtel emerging as the successful bidder. The award is aimed at promoting the development of the mobile broadband sector and improving the quality of internet services.
With a market share of 46.9% at the end of 2017, Airtel is Niger’s largest wireless operator by subscribers, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. It competes with Maroc Telecom-owned Moov Niger, France’s Orange Niger and state-owned Niger Telecoms.