Fourth mobile licence planned
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Zambia’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:
- Key statistics;
- Market and industry overviews;
- Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
- Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
- The impact of the global economic crisis;
- Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
- Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
- Infrastructure development;
- The impact of access to international submarine fibre for a landlocked country;
- Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G;
- Internet and broadband development and pricing;
- Average revenue per user;
- Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).
Zambia’s GDP has remained almost unaffected by the global economic crisis and is expected to continue growing at around 8% p.a.
The landlocked country has recently gained access to international submarine fibre optic cables for the first time, which has already led to some significant retail price reductions for broadband services. Third generation (3G) mobile broadband services have been launched and national fibre networks are being rolled out by four different companies. The first LTE network began trial operations in 2013. Several ISPs have rolled out WiMAX wireless broadband networks. These developments are set to increase broadband penetration significantly in the coming years.
Although the mobile voice market is approaching saturation, the government is reviving old plans to issue a fourth mobile licence. The country’s telecoms regulator has launched legal action against the existing mobile networks because of poor quality of service (QoS).
- First LTE trial network launched;
- New international fibre connections lead to lower broadband prices;
- Libyan-owned Zamtel renationalised;
- Legal action against mobile networks for poor QoS;
- Fourth mobile licence planned.
Estimated market penetration rates in Zambia’s telecoms sector – end-2013
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
Companies covered in this report:
Zambia Telecommunications Ltd (Zamtel, LapGreen); MTN Zambia; Bharti Airtel; Cell Z (Zamtel); ZamNet; Coppernet Solutions; UUNet Zambia; Microlink Technologies; AfriConnect; Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO); Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC); Comium.