2009 Africa - Fixed-line Telecommunications and Infrastructure Statistics (tables only)

Publication Overview

This report provides 101 statistical tables showing trends and developments in the fixed-line operations of the 38 most significant African countries in terms of telecommunications. Statistics shown are up to 2008. Full details are given elsewhere in the annual reports listed at the end of the Contents section.

 

Researcher:- Peter Lange

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

Next publication date:- June 2010

Executive Summary

While being the world’s most rapidly growing market for mobile telephony, Africa is also home to some of the fastest growing fixed-line markets in the world. The continent still has some of the world’s lowest penetration rates in both market sectors.

 

The difficulties of rolling out fixed-line networks across its vast land mass have meant that by early-2009 mobile users constituted around 90% of all African telephone subscribers. However, as lower and lower income groups are being targeted, a price-sensitive market for lower-cost fixed or limited-mobility services is emerging.

 

A surge in demand for Internet access and broadband capabilities is accelerating this fixed-line renaissance in some of Africa’s more advanced markets. Despite reasonable growth of the traditional fixed-line markets in some countries, subscriber access to both voice and data services is shifting more and more to fixed-wireless solutions as a substitute for inadequate fixed-line infrastructure.

 

For over 50 operators across the continent, CDMA2000 has been the technology of choice to provide fixed-wireless access. It supports full mobility, and converged licensing regimes are now allowing these operators to move into the lucrative mobile sector in a growing number of countries. WiMAX technology, however, offers higher data rates and is quickly gaining ground in Africa with over 100 networks already in operation.

 

Several international fibre projects currently under development will deliver the necessary bandwidth to Africa, increase competition in this sector and bring down costs. Several countries have embarked on national fibre backbone rollouts to take new services beyond the capital cities. However, satellite will continue to play a significant role in reaching Africa’s extensive rural and remote areas.

 

Foreign investors are scrambling for positions in this very lucrative market as liberalisation continues, national telcos are being privatised and new operating licenses issued.

 

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. Telecoms and Fixed-line Statistics
    • 2.1 Algeria
    • 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
    • 2.10 Egypt
    • 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
    • 2.28 Rwanda
    • 2.29 Senegal
    • 2.30 Sierra Leone
    • 2.31 South Africa
    • 2.32 Sudan
    • 2.33 Swaziland
    • 2.34 Tanzania
    • 2.35 Tunisia
    • 2.36 Uganda
    • 2.37 Zambia
    • 2.38 Zimbabwe
    • Table 1 – Lines in service in Africa by country – 2004 - 2008
    • Table 2 – Teledensity in Africa by country – 2004 - 2008
    • Table 3 – National key statistics Algeria – 2008
    • Table 5 – Forecast – fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Algeria – 2010; 2015
    • Table 6 – National key statistics Angola – 2008
    • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Angola – 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 8 – Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers in Angola – 2010; 2015
    • Table 9 – National key statistics Benin – 2008
    • Table 10 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Benin – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 11 – Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers in Benin – 2010; 2015
    • Table 14 – National key statistics Burkina Faso – 2008
    • Table 15 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Burkina Faso – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 20 – National key statistics Côte d’Ivoire – 2008
    • Table 21 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Côte d’Ivoire – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2007
    • Table 26 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Egypt – 2010; 2015
    • Table 37 – National key statistics Gambia – 2008
    • Table 38 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Gambia – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 40 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Ghana – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 41 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Ghana – 2010; 2015
    • Table 42 – National key statistics Guinea – 2008
    • Table 43 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Guinea – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 48 – National key statistics Liberia – 2008
    • Table 49 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Liberia – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 52 – National key statistics Madagascar – 2008
    • Table 53 – Fixed-line network key indicators in Madagascar – 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 54 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Madagascar – 2010; 2015
    • Table 55 – National key statistics Malawi – 2008
    • Table 56 – Fixed lines in service & teledensity in Malawi – 1995; 1997; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 57 – Licence fees & levies in Malawi – 2008
    • Table 58 – National key statistics Mali – 2008
    • Table 59 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Mali – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 60 – National key statistics Mauritius – 2008
    • Table 61 – Fixed lines in service & teledensity in Mauritius – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 62 – National key statistics Morocco – 2008
    • Table 63 – Fixed & fixed-wireless lines in service & teledensity in Morocco – 1994; 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 64 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Morocco – 2010; 2015
    • Table 65 – National key statistics Mozambique – 2008
    • Table 66 – Fixed lines in service & teledensity in Mozambique – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 69 – National key statistics Nigeria – 2008
    • Table 70 – Fixed-lines in service, Nitel & PTOs & teledensity in Nigeria – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 71 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Nigeria – 2010; 2015
    • Table 72 – Fixed & fixed-wireless lines by operator & market share in Nigeria – 2008
    • Table 75 – National key statistics Senegal – 2008
    • Table 76 – Fixed-lines in service & teledensity in Senegal – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 77 – Forecast fixed-line & fixed-wireless subscribers in Senegal – 2010; 2015
    • Table 78 – National key statistics Sierra Leone – 2008
    • Table 79 – Fixed & fixed-wireless lines in service & teledensity in Sierra Leone – 1999 - 2008
    • Table 85 – National key statistics Sudan – 2008
    • Table 86 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Sudan – 1994; 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
    • Table 87 – Canartel Home pricing – 2008
    • Table 90 – National key statistics Tanzania – 2008
    • Table 91 – Fixed-lines in service by operator & teledensity in Tanzania – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 92 – National key statistics Tunisia – 2008
    • Table 93 – Fixed lines in service & teledensity in Tunisia – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
    • Table 94 – Data service subscribers by technology in Tunisia – 2001 - 2008

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