2010 Africa - Fixed-line Telecommunications and Infrastructure Statistics (tables only)

Publication Overview

This report provides 126 statistical tables for the fixed-line communications activities for the major 38 African countries. Included are statistics for infrastructure and the major pan-African companies operating within Africa.

Researcher: Peter Lange
Current publication date:- May 2010 (8th Edition)
Next publication date:- May 2011

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-2010 mobile users constituted more than 90% of all African telephone subscribers. However, as 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 60 operators in around 40 countries in Africa, CDMA-2000 has been the technology of choice to provide fixed-wireless access. It supports full mobility, and converged licensing regimes are now allowing many of these operators to move into the lucrative mobile sector. WiMAX technology, however, offers higher data rates and is quickly gaining ground in Africa with well over 100 networks already in operation.

The landing of several new international fibre optic submarine cables in Africa in 2009 and 2010 – in many countries for the first time ever – has led to massive investments into terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population centres in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries. Prior to this, backbone network infrastructure across the continent was largely substituted by microwave radio relay and satellite links, with the associated limitations in capacity, quality of service and high cost. However, both technologies will continue to play a significant role in reaching Africa's extensive rural and remote areas.

Despite the global economic crisis, foreign investor interest has remained high in Africa’s telecoms sector as market liberalisation continues, national telcos are being privatised and new operating licenses issued.

Table of Contents

  • 1. PAN-AFRICAN OPERATORS
    • 1.1 Major African-based players
      • 1.1.1 MTN Group Limited
      • 1.1.2 Orascom Telecom Holding
      • 1.1.3 Telkom South Africa Ltd
      • 1.1.4 Vodacom Group
    • 1.2 Major off-shore players
      • 1.2.1 Zain Group (previously MTC)
      • 1.2.2 Orange (France Telecom)
      • 1.2.3 Millicom International Cellular (Tigo)
  • 2. Country comparisons
  • 3. Individual country statistics
    • 3.1 ALGERIA
      • 3.1.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.2 ANGOLA
      • 3.2.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.3 BENIN
      • 3.3.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.4 BOTSWANA
      • 3.4.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.4.2 Company results
    • 3.5 BURKINA FASO
      • 3.5.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.6 CAMEROON
      • 3.6.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.7 CHAD
      • 3.7.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.8 CôTE D’IVOIRE
      • 3.8.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.8.2 Company statistics
    • 3.9 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
      • 3.9.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.10 EGYPT
      • 3.10.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.10.2 Subscribers
      • 3.10.3 Company statistics
    • 3.11 ETHIOPIA
      • 3.11.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.11.2 Company statistics
    • 3.12 GABON
      • 3.12.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.12.2 Company statistics
    • 3.13 GAMBIA
      • 3.13.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.14 GHANA
      • 3.14.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.15 GUINEA
      • 3.15.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.16 KENYA
      • 3.16.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.17 LESOTHO
      • 3.17.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.18 LIBERIA
      • 3.18.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.19 LIBYA
      • 3.19.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.20 MADAGASCAR
      • 3.20.1 Network indicators
    • 3.21 MALAWI
      • 3.21.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.22 MALI
      • 3.22.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.22.2 Company statistics
    • 3.23 MAURITIUS
      • 3.23.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.23.2 Company statistics
    • 3.24 MOROCCO
      • 3.24.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.24.2 Subscriber forecast
    • 3.25 MOZAMBIQUE
      • 3.25.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.25.2 Company statistics
    • 3.26 NAMIBIA
      • 3.26.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.27 NIGERIA
      • 3.27.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.28 RWANDA
      • 3.28.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.29 SENEGAL
      • 3.29.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.29.2 Company statistics
    • 3.30 SIERRA LEONE
      • 3.30.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.31 SOUTH AFRICA
      • 3.31.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.31.2 Company statistics
    • 3.32 SUDAN
      • 3.32.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.33 SWAZILAND
      • 3.33.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.33.2 Company statistics
    • 3.34 TANZANIA
      • 3.34.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.35 TUNISIA
      • 3.35.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.36 UGANDA
      • 3.36.1 Infrastructure
      • 3.36.2 Subscribers
    • 3.37 ZAMBIA
      • 3.37.1 Infrastructure
    • 3.38 ZIMBABWE
      • 3.38.1 Infrastructure
      • Table 1 – MTN total subscribers – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 2 – MTN revenue – 2000 - 2009
      • Table 3 – MTN revenue by service – 2009
      • Table 4 – MTN operating data by region – December 2009
      • Table 5 – MTN operating data by major country - December 2009
      • Table 6 – MTN subscribers by country – 2004 - 2009
      • Table 7 – MTN operations – market share and ARPU by region and country – December 2009
      • Table 8 – Orascom GSM subscribers and market share by major subsidiary – 2008
      • Table 9 – Orascom revenue – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 10 – Orascom GSM ARPU by country – 2008
      • Table 11 – Telkom SA fixed-line statistics – pre and postpaid, ISDN and payphones – 1997 - 2009
      • Table 12 – Telkom SA fixed-line traffic – 2009
      • Table 13 – Telkom SA mobile statistics – South Africa and other African countriers – 2005 - 2009
      • Table 14 – Telkom SA revenue – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 15 – Telkom SA percentage of revenue by service – 2007 - 2009
      • Table 16 – Vodacom Group subscribers and percent prepaid – 1996 - 2009
      • Table 17 – Vodacom Group revenue – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 18 –Vodacom South Africa percentage of revenue by service – 2009
      • Table 19 – Vodacom Group percentage of revenue by country – 2009
      • Table 20 – Vodacom International revenue by country – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 21 – Vodacom International customers by country – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 22 – Vodacom Group operating statistics by country – 2009
      • Table 23 – Zain Group customers and financial data – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 24 – Zain’s operating statistics by country – 2008
      • Table 25 – Orange’s African operations – customers by country – 2005 - 2009
      • Table 26 – Orange’s African operations – revenue by country – 2005 - 2009
      • Table 27 – Millicom’s African operations – subscribers and financial statistics – 2006 - 2009
      • Table 28 – Millicom’s African operations – ownership, subscribers, market share by country – 2009
      • Table 29 – Africa - fixed-lines in service by country – 2005 - 2010
      • Table 30 – Africa – fixed-line teledensity by country – 2005 – 2010
      • Table 31 – Algeria – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 32 – Algeria - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 33 – Algeria - Forecast – fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers – 2010; 2015
      • Table 34 – Angola – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 35 – Angola – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1996 - 2010
      • Table 36 – Benin – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 37 – Benin - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 38 – Botswana – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 39 – Botswana – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 40 – Botswana – BTC financial results – 2005 - 2008
      • Table 41 – Burkina Faso – key national statistics– 2010
      • Table 42 – Burkina Faso – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 43 – Cameroon – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 44 – Cameroon – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 45 – Chad – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 46 – Chad – fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 47 – Côte d’Ivoire – key national statistics– 2010
      • Table 48 – Côte d’Ivoire – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
      • Table 49 – Côte d’Ivoire – CI-Telecom subscribers, revenue and CAPEX – 1998 - 2008
      • Table 50 – Dem. Rep. of Congo – key national statistics– 2010
      • Table 51 – Dem. Rep. of Congo – fixed telephone lines and teledensity – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 52 – Egypt – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 53 – Egypt – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 54 – Egypt – public payphones by operator – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 55 – Egypt – forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers – 2012; 2015
      • Table 56 – Egypt – Telecom Egypt key performance indicators – 2003 - 2009
      • Table 57 – Ethiopia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 58 – Ethiopia – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 59 – Ethiopia – ETC revenue and profit – 2006 - 2008
      • Table 60 – Gabon – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 61 – Gabon – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2011
      • Table 62 – Gabon – Gabon Télécom fixed-line versus mobile revenue – 2006 - 2009
      • Table 63 – Gambia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 64 – Gambia – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 65 – Ghana – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 66 – Ghana – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 67 – Guinea – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 68 – Guinea – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 69 – Kenya – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 70 – Kenya – fixed lines in service – 1995 - 2011
      • Table 71 – Lesotho – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 72 – Lesotho – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1997 - 2010
      • Table 73 – Lesotho – licences issued by category – 2000 - 2008
      • Table 74 – Liberia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 75 – Liberia – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 76 – Libya – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 77 – Libya – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 78 – Madagascar – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 79 – Madagascar – fixed-line network key indicators: lines, subscribers, teledensity, public payphones, traffic and revenue – 1998 - 2008
      • Table 80 – Malawi – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 81 – Malawi – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 82 – Mali – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 83 – Mali – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 84 – Mali – Sotelma financial results – 2007 - 2008
      • Table 85 – Mauritius – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 86 – Mauritius – fixed lines in service by operator and teledensity – 1995 - 2008
      • Table 87 – Mauritius – Mauritius Telecom Group financial results – 2004 - 2008
      • Table 88 – Morocco – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 89 – Morocco – fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity – 1994 - 2010
      • Table 90 – Morocco – forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers – 2012; 2015
      • Table 91 – Mozambique – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 92 – Mozambique – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 93 – Mozambique – TDM financial overview – 2006 - 2008
      • Table 94 – Namibia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 95 – Namibia – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 96 – Nigeria – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 97 – Nigeria – fixed lines in service, Nitel vs. PTOs and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 98 – Nigeria – fixed and fixed-wireless lines by operator and market share – September 2009
      • Table 99 – Rwanda – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 100 – Rwanda – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 101 – Senegal – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 102 – Senegal – fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 103 – Senegal – Sonatel financial overview – 2004 - 2009
      • Table 104 – Senegal – Sonatel fixed-line ARPU – 2004 - 2008
      • Table 105 – Sierra Leone – key national statistics– 2010
      • Table 106 – Sierra Leone – fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 107 – South Africa – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 108 – South Africa – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 109 – South Africa – Telkom SA ISDN channels – 2000 - 2009
      • Table 110 – South Africa – Telkom SA’s fixed line data revenue – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 111 – Sudan – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 112 – Sudan – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1994 - 2010
      • Table 113 – Swaziland – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 114 – Swaziland – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 115 – Swaziland – SPTC financial results – 2004 - 2008
      • Table 116 – Tanzania – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 117 – Tanzania – fixed-lines in service by operator and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 118 – Tunisia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 119 – Tunisia – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 120 – Uganda – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 121 – Uganda – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 122 – Uganda – MTN Uganda fixed-line subscribers – 2004 - 2008
      • Table 123 – Zambia – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 124 – Zambia – fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010
      • Table 125 – Zimbabwe – key national statistics – 2010
      • Table 126 – Zimbabwe - fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2010

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