Last updated: 23 Dec 2008 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 195
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the telecommunications markets of eight African countries: Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Subjects covered include:
· Key statistics;
· Market and industry overviews;
· Regulatory environment and structural reform;
· Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
· Infrastructure development;
· Mobile voice and data markets, including 3G;
· Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
· Internet, including broadband development;
· Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).
Researcher: Peter Lange
Current publication date:- December 2008 (7th Edition)
Next publication date:- December 2009
Several new international submarine cable projects are set to bring large amounts of fibre-based bandwidth to countries along the continent’s east coast and in the interior for the first time in 2009. Paired with rollouts of national fibre optic backbones and wireless broadband infrastructures, this is creating new opportunities in an environment of converging technologies and services and promises to bring the long-awaited cost reduction and improved availability of telecommunications. Key countries in the region have privatised their incumbent telcos, liberalised international access and VoIP telephony, and implemented new competition frameworks. The region was a global pioneer in the abolishment of international roaming charges, and mobile payment and banking solutions are now bringing financial services to the 90% of the population that do not have bank accounts.
As in most African countries,
The Democratic Republic of Congo is a mineral-rich country that is recovering from civil strife and many years of pillage by its former leaders, which has accounted for the low level of development of its telecommunications and other infrastructure. While there has been little success with revitalising the fixed-line network infrastructure, the mobile networks have experienced strong growth and provide a replacement for fixed telephony and public payphones. Following the launch of mobile data services, they are also set to become major players in the underdeveloped Internet and broadband sector. Overall, market penetration is still well below the African average, leaving enormous potential for future growth.
Following the introduction of competition between three service providers in
Despite the civil unrest which cast a shadow on
As early as 1999,
· Fixed-line, mobile and Internet market forecasts to 2010 and 2015 for
· 3G mobile services are available in
· Mobile TV launched in
· At least six competing WiMAX wireless broadband networks are being rolled out in
· Privatised Gabon Telecom becomes the country’s fastest growing mobile network operator and expands fixed network by 30% within one year;
· The government of
· The DRC’s mobile operators claim they generate 30% of the total tax income of the state;
· A number of countries in the region have taken a world lead role by abolishing international mobile roaming surcharges;
· More than 10% of
Revenue (US$ million)
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
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.
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
· Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
· Market liberalisation;
· Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences and competition;
· Internet and broadband development and growth;
· The fast growing mobile markets of the region;
· Mobile application and content developments.
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
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