2008 Africa - Mobile Voice and Data Communication Statistics (tables only)

Publication Overview

This report provides 181 statistical tables showing trends and developments in the mobile telecommunications and mobile data markets of the 38 most significant African countries in terms of telecommunications. Statistics are given up to 2008.

 

Researcher:- Peter Lange

Current publication date:- June 2009 (7th Edition)

Next publication date:- June 2010

Executive Summary

Mobile phone networks dominate Africa’s telecommunications markets; they provide around 90% of all subscriber connections. The subscriber base is still growing at around 40% per year across the continent, but the growth curves are beginning to flatten in the more mature markets, forcing operators to compete more aggressively on price, quality of service and by introducing new services. However, enormous further potential remains, with overall market penetration only standing at around 40% while the first African countries have recently broken the 100% barrier.

 

With their superior national coverage and large subscriber bases compared with the fixed-line networks, Africa’s mobile operators have built up a level of market power to the extent that they have been called ‘the new incumbents’. However, newly introduced converged licensing regimes are now allowing many old national telcos and other second tier players to enter the lucrative mobile market as well, but they also allow the mobile operators to branch out into new service segments.

 

Due to Africa’s limited fixed-line infrastructure, the mobile networks are beginning to play an increasing role in Internet service provision, following the launch of 3G mobile broadband services in a growing number of markets. Mobile payment and banking services are revolutionising Africa’s banking sector where only a small percentage of the population has access to bank accounts.

 

These new services provide welcome new revenue streams in an almost entirely prepaid environment of low ARPU levels. Mobile ARPU has bottomed in many African markets, rising again on the back of mobile data services and streamlined operations.

 

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

 

The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

  • This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band.
  • The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data.
  • All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

Table of Contents

  • 1. National Comparative Tables
  • 2. Mobile Communications and mobile Data Statistics
    • 2.1 Algeria
      • 2.1.1 Subscribers
      • 2.1.2 Operator statistics
    • 2.2 Angola
    • 2.3 Benin
    • 2.4 Botswana
    • 2.5 Burkina Faso
    • 2.6 Cameroon
    • 2.7 Chad
    • 2.8 Cote d’Ivoire
    • 2.9 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
    • 2.10 Egypt
      • 2.10.1 Subscribers
      • 2.10.2 Operator statistics
      • 2.10.3 ARPU
    • 2.11 Ethiopia
    • 2.12 Gabon
    • 2.13 Gambia
    • 2.14 Ghana
    • 2.15 Guinea
    • 2.16 Kenya
    • 2.17 Lesotho
    • 2.18 Liberia
    • 2.19 Libya
    • 2.20 Madagascar
    • 2.21 Malawi
    • 2.22 Mali
    • 2.23 Mauritius
    • 2.24 Morocco
    • 2.25 Mozambique
    • 2.26 Namibia
    • 2.27 Nigeria
      • 2.27.1 Subscribers
      • 2.27.2 Operator statistics
      • 2.27.3 ARPU statistics
    • 2.28 Rwanda
    • 2.29 Senegal
    • 2.30 Sierra Leone
    • 2.31 South Africa
      • 2.31.1 Subscribers
      • 2.31.2 Operator statistics
    • 2.32 Sudan
    • 2.33 Swaziland
    • 2.34 Tanzania
    • 2.35 Tunisia
    • 2.36 Uganda
    • 2.37 Zambia
    • 2.38 Zimbabwe
    • Table 1 – Mobile subscribers in Africa by country – 2004 - 2008
    • Table 2 – Mobile penetration in Africa by country – 2004 - 2008
    • Table 3 – Algeria mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 4 – Algeria mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 5 – Algeria mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 6 – Algeria forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 7 – Djezzy blended monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 8 – Djezzy GPRS pricing – 2008
    • Table 9 – Angola mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 10 – Angola mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 11 – Angola mobile operators and subscribers – March 2008
    • Table 12 – Angola forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 13 – Benin mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 14 – Benin mobile subscribers and penetration rate – – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 15 – Benin mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 16 – Benin forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 17 – MTN Benin monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 23 – Burkina Faso mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 24 – Burkina Faso mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 25 – Burkina Faso mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 26 – Celtel Burkina monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 33 – Côte d’Ivoire mobile key statistics – 2007
    • Table 34 – Côte d’Ivoire mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2007
    • Table 35 – Côte d’Ivoire mobile operators and subscribers – 2007
    • Table 46 – Egypt forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 51 – Egypt blended monthly mobile ARPU – 2003 - 2007
    • Table 53 – Egypt forecast blended mobile ARPU – 2010; 2015
    • Table 61 – Gambia mobile key statistics – September 2007
    • Table 62 – Gambia mobile subscribers and penetration rate – – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 64 – Ghana mobile subscribers and penetration rate – – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 65 – Ghana mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 66 – Ghana forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 67 – MTN Ghana monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 68 – Guinea mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 69 – Guinea mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 70 – Guinea mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 71 – MTN Guinea monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 79 – Liberia mobile key statistics – 2008
    • Table 80 – Liberia mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2008
    • Table 81 – Liberia mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 82 – LoneStar/MTN Liberia subscribers and market share – 2003 - 2008
    • Table 83 – MTN Liberia monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2008
    • Table 87 – Madagascar mobile key statistics – March 2008
    • Table 88 – Madagascar mobile subscribers, penetration, traffic & revenue – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 89 – Madagascar mobile operators and subscribers – March 2008
    • Table 90 – Madagascar forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 91 – Zain Madagascar monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 92 – Orange Net mobile data pricing – 2008
    • Table 93 – Malawi mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 94 – Malawi mobile subscribers and penetration rate – – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 95 – Malawi mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 96 – Zain Malawi monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 97 – Mali mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 100 – Mauritius mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 101 – Mauritius mobile subscribers and penetration rate – – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 102 – Mauritius mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 103 – Cellplus mobile data pricing – 2008
    • Table 104 – Emtel mobile data pricing – 2008
    • Table 105 – MTML EV-DO pricing – 2008
    • Table 106 – Morocco mobile key statistics – 2008
    • Table 107 – Morocco mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1994; 1996; 1998 - 2008
    • Table 108 – Morocco mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 109 – Morocco forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 110 – Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers & market share – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 111 – Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue and EBIT – 2005 - 2008
    • Table 112 – Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU & churn rate – 2003 - 2008
    • Table 113 – Maroc Telecom GPRS pricing – 2008
    • Table 114 – Meditel mobile subscribers and market share – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 115 – Meditel GPRS pricing – 2008
    • Table 116 – Mozambique mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 117 – Mozambique mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 118 – Mozambique mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 119 – Vodacom Mozambique monthly ARPU – 2004 - 2008
    • Table 122 – Namibia mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 124 – Nigeria mobile key statistics – 2008
    • Table 125 – Nigeria mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 126 – Nigeria mobile operators and subscribers – 2008
    • Table 127 – Nigeria forecast mobile subscribers – 2010; 2015
    • Table 128 – Starcomms total and mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2008
    • Table 129 – Nigeria blended monthly mobile ARPU – 2006 - 2007
    • Table 130 – MTN Nigeria monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 131 – Celtel Nigeria monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 132 – Nigeria forecast blended monthly mobile ARPU – 2010; 2015
    • Table 136 – Senegal mobile key statistics – 2008
    • Table 137 – Senegal mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 138 – Senegal mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 139 – Sonatel Mobile subscribers – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 140 – Sierra Leone mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 141 – Sierra Leone GSM licences issued
    • Table 142 – Sierra Leone mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2008
    • Table 143 – Sierra Leone mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 144 – Zain (Celtel) SL subscribers and market share – 2003 - 2008
    • Table 145 – Celtel/Zain SL monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 152 – Sudan mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 153 – Sudan mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 154 – Sudan mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 155 – Zain Sudan monthly ARPU – 2003 - 2008
    • Table 156 – MTN Sudan monthly ARPU – 2006 - 2008
    • Table 160 – Tanzania mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 161 – Tanzania mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 162 – Tanzania mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 163 – Tunisia mobile key statistics – September 2008
    • Table 164 – Tunisia mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 165 – Tunisia mobile operators and subscribers – September 2008
    • Table 166 – Tunisiana subscribers and blended monthly ARPU – 2002 - 2008
    • Table 167 – Tunicell GPRS pricing – 2008
    • Table 168 – Tunisiana GPRS pricing – 2008

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