Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Sotelgui expected to re-launch services having secured $350 million loan

Guinea in West Africa has vast mineral resources yet remains one of the poorest countries in the world. With five competing mobile networks, its telecommunications sector has shown triple-digit growth rates for three years in a row following the entry of two world-class international operators, MTN and Orange. The other competitors are Intercel, Cellcom and Lagui, the mobile unit of the national fixed-line operator, Sotelgui.

Following the exit of Telekom Malaysia in 2008, Sotelgui has being prepared for renewed privatisation, creating an attractive opportunity for a strategic investor. Despite the rapid growth in the mobile sector, penetration remains below the African average, while the country’s fixed-line and internet markets are virtually untapped.

Broadband services are still very limited and expensive. The landing of the first international fibre optic submarine cable in 2012, and the setting up of an IXP in mid-2013, will go far to help the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure.

The country slipped into a mild recession in 2009, but stable GDP growth of around 5% per year is expected from 2014, possibly reaching up to 20% in 2015 and 2016.

Key statistics:

Mobile smartphones and apps deployed to tackle Ebola; Sotelgui expected to re-launch services having secured $350 million loan to build additional infrastructure; 400 cell towers put up for sale; first international fibre optic submarine cable lands; Mobile Money services launched; third 3G licence awarded in late 2013; government secures a $350 million loan to build a 4,000km fibre backbone network; strong growth in SMS traffic; MTN signs management contract with Huawei Technologies; Cellcom Guinea launches 3G+ services; Guineanet selects Altai to provide its WiFi hotspot platform, report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2014, operator data to Q1 2015, recent market developments.

Estimated market penetration rates in Guinea’s telecoms sector – end-2014

Market
Penetration rate
Mobile
71%
Fixed
0.1%
Internet
1.4%

(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (Sotelgui), MTN (Areeba, Investcom), Orange (France Telecom, Spacetel), Intercel (Télécel Guinea), Cellcom Guinee, MiriNet (Afribone), ETI, Universal Communication (DiscoveryTel), Ristel, Afripa Telecom, Alternet Systems, Broad Telecom, Soguicis, Thucatel, Telekom Malaysia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
    • 2.1 Country overview
  • 3. Telecommunications market
    • 3.1 Overview of Guinea’s telecom market
  • 4. Regulatory environment
    • 4.1 Background
    • 4.2 Regulatory authority
      • 4.2.1 DNPT
  • 5. Fixed network operators in Guinea
    • 5.1 Sotelgui
      • 5.1.1 Privatisation
      • 5.1.2 Network infrastructure
      • 5.1.3 Fixed-line statistics
      • 5.1.4 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
      • 5.1.5 Public payphones
      • 5.1.6 Telecentres
    • 5.2 International infrastructure
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Overview
    • 6.2 Internet subscriber statistics
    • 6.3 ISP market
      • 6.3.1 Sotelgui
      • 6.3.2 MiriNet
      • 6.3.3 ETI (Biasy)
      • 6.3.4 Universal Communication, Ristel
    • 6.4 WiMAX
    • 6.5 Satellite broadband
    • 6.6 VoIP internet telephony
  • 7. Mobile communications
    • 7.1 Overview of mobile market
    • 7.2 Mobile statistics
      • 7.2.1 Subscribers
      • 7.2.2 Mobile broadband
    • 7.3 Major mobile operators
      • 7.3.1 MTN Guinea (Areeba)
      • 7.3.2 Sotelgui (Lagui)
      • 7.3.3 Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
      • 7.3.4 Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
      • 7.3.5 Cellcom Guinee
    • 7.4 Mobile Infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 3G services
      • 7.4.2 GPRS
      • 7.4.3 Satellite mobile
  • 8. Digital Economy
    • 8.1 SchoolWeb WiFi Network
    • 8.2 Mobile payments
    • 8.3 Mobile technologies to track disease
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Guinea – 2014 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2014 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet and social media user statistics – 2015 (e)
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2015 (e)
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Telecom sector revenue – 2010- 2015
  • Table 7 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 9 – International bandwidth – 2006 - 2013
  • Table 10 – Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 11 – Historic – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 13 – ISP market share of subscribers – Jun 2013
  • Table 14 – Mobile market revenue – 2009; 2012 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Mobile voice traffic – 2013 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 17 – Mobile market revenue share by operator – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 18 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2014
  • Table 19 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2004
  • Table 20 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 22 – MTN Guinea financial data – 2011 - 2014
  • Table 23 – MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 24 – Orange Guinea subscribers – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 25 – Orange Guinea revenue – 2012 - 2014
  • Table 26 – SMS traffic – 2012 - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Guinea
  • Exhibit 2 – West African common regulatory framework 2005
  • Exhibit 3 – International submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa – 2009 - 2014

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