2012 Africa - Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media Market

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile broadband and data market in 42 African countries as well as the emerging market for mobile content, applications and media on the continent. Subjects covered include:

  • Mobile data services – SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 3.5G, 4G;
  • 3G and 4G mobile broadband technologies – WCDMA, HSPA, EV-DO, LTE;
  • Statistics, trends and analysis;
  • Major market players;
  • Mobile content, applications and media;
  • Mobile TV;
  • Location-based services;
  • M-commerce, m-payments, m-banking.

Researcher:- Peter Lange
Current publication date:- September 2012 (8th Edition)

Executive Summary

African mobile operators make up to 30% of their revenues with non-voice services

Wherever 3G mobile broadband services are deployed in sub-Saharan Africa, they quickly take over as the preferred means of access to the internet, provided that a suitable backbone network is in place. DSL services offered by national telcos on their typically underdeveloped fixed-line networks are quickly reduced to niche market status, as are most traditional ISPs reselling these services or offering their own wireless access.

The extensive national network infrastructure of the mobile operators and their large user bases for voice services place them in a dominant market position for data services as well. The additional revenue is welcome in an environment of shrinking average revenue per user (ARPU) in the mobile voice market.

In many countries in the region, national fibre backbone networks are being rolled out, and new international submarine fibre optic cables along the continent’s East and West coast are providing the bandwidth needed to connect millions to the internet, at much lower cost than previously when satellites were the only option. In many cases the mobile operators are building their own fibre backbones under converged licensing regimes.

North Africa has traditionally been in a slightly better position in terms of fixed networks, but even here mobile broadband is quickly outgrowing other access methods. Mobile broadband prices are often comparable to fixed broadband offerings or at least not far behind. In Morocco, Africa’s most penetrated DSL market with some of the lowest prices on the continent, 3G mobile broadband jumped from virtually zero to over 40% of all connections within two years after launch and made up more than 80% by mid-2012.

Using dual carrier DC-HSPA+ technology, up to 42Mb/s are currently being offered by 3G mobile operators in Africa. The continent's first commercial LTE 4G networks have been launched in Angola, Namibia, Mauritius and Tanzania, with South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt expected to follow soon. Problems with frequency spectrum allocation have delayed commercial LTE services in some countries.

The arrival of low-cost smartphones, locally manufactured in Ethiopia for example, has lowered the barrier of entry to the internet market for African consumers. South Africa's leading operator Vodacom has seen the number of smartphones on its network grow at almost twice the rate of 3G USB modems, reaching a combined total of more than six million or 20% of the subscriber base in early 2012. Average smartphone data usage almost doubled in the past year to reach 92MB per month.

The highest number of active mobile broadband subscriptions as a percentage of the population is found in Ghana, at 23% in early 2012.

Mobile broadband and data services also make a significant contribution to the revenues of African cellcos. Leading operator Safaricom in Kenya made almost 30% of its revenue with non-voice services in 2011/12. More than half of this was generated by its tremendously successful M-Pesa mobile banking service, with the other half roughly evenly split between SMS and mobile broadband.

In the continent’s most advanced markets, m-commerce, mobile content, applications and media have reached a level of development that is beginning to foster an associated advertising and marketing industry.

Market highlights:

  • UMTS-based 3G mobile networks have been launched in more than half of all African countries;
  • Most operators have included High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 3.5G mobile broadband in their service offerings, providing up to 42Mb/s;
  • Commercial LTE 4G services have been launched in four countries, with trials of the technology ongoing in several others;
  • Another 3G technology, CDMA2000 1x EV-DO has been deployed in around 30 African countries, offering up to 3Mb/s;
  • There are significantly more 3G mobile broadband users than DSL subscribers in key African markets;
  • New international fibre optic cables and national backbone networks support broadband growth;
  • African mobile operators make up to 30% of their revenues with non-voice services;
  • Mobile data services have helped to reverse declining average revenue per user (ARPU);
  • The M-Pesa mobile banking service in Kenya carries about 20% of the country's entire GDP.

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Mobile Broadband Penetration
  • 2. Algeria
    • 2.1 Market Overview
    • 2.2 Mobile statistics
    • 2.3 Regulatory issues
      • 2.3.1 Registration of subscriber details
    • 2.4 Wireless broadband
      • 2.4.1 WiMAX and WiFi
      • 2.4.2 EV-DO
    • 2.5 Mobile broadband
    • 2.6 Broadband via satellite
    • 2.7 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • 3. Angola
    • 3.1 Market Overview
      • 3.1.1 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
      • 3.1.2 Satellite mobile
    • 3.2 Forecast mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 4. Benin
    • 4.1 Market Overview
      • 4.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 4.1.2 EV-DO
      • 4.1.3 WiMAX
      • 4.1.4 WiFi
      • 4.1.5 3G and 4G
  • 5. Botswana
    • 5.1 Market Overview
      • 5.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 5.2 Wireless broadband
    • 5.3 WiMAX
      • 5.3.1 Orange Livebox
      • 5.3.2 Netspread
    • 5.4 Third generation (3G)
  • 6. Burkina Faso
    • 6.1 Market Overview
      • 6.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 6.1.2 EV-DO
      • 6.1.3 WiMAX
      • 6.1.4 Broadband via satellite
      • 6.1.5 Third generation (3G)
  • 7. Burundi
    • 7.1 Market Overview
      • 7.1.1 Mobile statistics
  • 8. Cameroon
    • 8.1 Market Overview
      • 8.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 8.1.2 Wireless broadband
      • 8.1.3 Satellite mobile
    • 8.2 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 9. Chad
    • 9.1 Market Overview
      • 9.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 9.2 Satellite mobile
  • 10. Cote d’Ivoire
    • 10.1 Market Overview
      • 10.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 10.2 WiFi
    • 10.3 WiMAX
    • 10.4 Mobile data services
      • 10.4.1 SMS
      • 10.4.2 MMS
      • 10.4.3 GPRS/EDGE
    • 10.5 Mobile content and applications
      • 10.5.1 M-payments
    • 10.6 Satellite mobile
  • 11. Democratic Republic of Congo
    • 11.1 Market Overview
      • 11.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 11.1.2 Regulatory issues
      • 11.1.3 Mobile data overview
  • 12. Djibouti
    • 12.1 Market Overview
      • 12.1.1 Mobile statistics
  • 13. Egypt
    • 13.1 Market Overview
      • 13.1.1 Telecom Egypt’s mobile deal
      • 13.1.2 Third mobile licence
      • 13.1.3 Fourth mobile licence
      • 13.1.4 Mobile statistics
    • 13.2 Regulatory issues
      • 13.2.1 Tariffs
      • 13.2.2 International gateways
      • 13.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 13.2.4 Registration of user details
      • 13.2.5 GPS ban
    • 13.3 Wireless broadband
      • 13.3.1 WiFi
      • 13.3.2 WiMAX
      • 13.3.3 CDMA2000 1x EV-DO
    • 13.4 Broadband via satellite
    • 13.5 Mobile data services
      • 13.5.1 SMS
      • 13.5.2 MMS
      • 13.5.3 WAP
      • 13.5.4 GPRS and EDGE
      • 13.5.5 Mobile TV
    • 13.6 3G mobile broadband
    • 13.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 13.7.1 Mobile banking
    • 13.8 Forecasts – mobile subscribers 2013; 2016
  • 14. Eritrea
    • 14.1 Market Overview
      • 14.1.1 Mobile statistics
  • 15. Ethiopia
    • 15.1 Market Overview
      • 15.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 15.2 Mobile data services
    • 15.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 15.4 Mobile banking
    • 15.5 Satellite mobile
    • 15.6 Local handset manufacturing
    • 15.7 Smartphones
    • 15.8 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2014; 2017
  • 16. Gabon
    • 16.1 Market Overview
      • 16.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 16.2 WiMAX
    • 16.3 3G
  • 17. Gambia
    • 17.1 Market Overview
      • 17.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 17.2 Mobile data services
      • 17.2.1 SMS
      • 17.2.2 MMS
      • 17.2.3 GPRS/EDGE
    • 17.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 17.4 Mobile content and applications
      • 17.4.1 Mobile banking
    • 17.5 Satellite mobile
  • 18. Ghana
    • 18.1 Market Overview
      • 18.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 18.2 Regulatory issues
      • 18.2.1 Licensing
      • 18.2.2 Tariffs
      • 18.2.3 Interconnect
      • 18.2.4 Taxation
      • 18.2.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 18.2.6 Infrastructure sharing
      • 18.2.7 Registration of subscriber details
    • 18.3 Mobile data services
      • 18.3.1 SMS
      • 18.3.2 GPRS, EDGE, WAP
      • 18.3.3 BlackBerry
      • 18.3.4 Mobile TV
    • 18.4 Third generation (3G)
      • 18.4.1 Mobile broadband
    • 18.5 Mobile content and applications
      • 18.5.1 Mobile money transfer
    • 18.6 Local handset manufacturing
    • 18.7 Satellite mobile
    • 18.8 Forecast – mobile market 2014; 2017
  • 19. Guinea
    • 19.1 Market Overview
      • 19.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 19.2 Mobile Broadband Overview
      • 19.2.1 SchoolWeb WiFi Network
      • 19.2.2 VoIP Internet telephony
    • 19.3 Mobile data services
    • 19.4 Satellite mobile
  • 20. Kenya
    • 20.1 Market Overview
      • 20.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 20.2 Regulatory issues
      • 20.2.1 Interconnection
      • 20.2.2 International gateways
      • 20.2.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 20.2.4 Quality of Service (QoS) control
      • 20.2.5 Registration of subscriber details
      • 20.2.6 Taxes
      • 20.2.7 Tariff regulation
    • 20.3 Wireless broadband
      • 20.3.1 WiFi
      • 20.3.2 WiMAX
      • 20.3.3 Mobile data services
    • 20.4 Broadband via satellite
    • 20.5 Mobile data services
      • 20.5.1 SMS
      • 20.5.2 MMS
      • 20.5.3 GPRS and EDGE
      • 20.5.4 BlackBerry
    • 20.6 3G
    • 20.7 LTE (4G)
    • 20.8 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
      • 20.8.1 M-Pesa (Safaricom)
      • 20.8.2 ZAP (Zain)
      • 20.8.3 yuCash (Essar)
      • 20.8.4 Orange Money
      • 20.8.5 Other services
    • 20.9 Mobile TV
    • 20.10 Satellite mobile
    • 20.11 Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • 21. Lesotho
    • 21.1 Market Overview
      • 21.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 21.2 WiMAX
    • 21.3 EV-DO
    • 21.4 Mobile data services
    • 21.5 Third generation (3G) mobile
    • 21.6 Satellite mobile
  • 22. Liberia
    • 22.1 Market Overview
      • 22.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 22.2 Regulatory issues
      • 22.2.1 Licence reform
      • 22.2.2 The Comium-Liberia Act
      • 22.2.3 GSM spectrum reallocation
      • 22.2.4 Interconnection
    • 22.3 Mobile Broadband overview
    • 22.4 EV-DO
    • 22.5 WiMAX
    • 22.6 Mobile data services
    • 22.7 Mobile content and applications
      • 22.7.1 Agricultural Market Information and Linkage System (AMILS)
  • 23. Libya
    • 23.1 Market Overview
      • 23.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 23.2 Mobile data services
      • 23.2.1 SMS
      • 23.2.2 MMS
      • 23.2.3 GPRS/EDGE
    • 23.3 WiMAX
    • 23.4 WiFi
    • 23.5 Satellite broadband
    • 23.6 3G/HSDPA
    • 23.7 Mobile TV
    • 23.8 Satellite mobile
  • 24. Madagascar
    • 24.1 Market Overview
      • 24.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 24.2 WiMAX
    • 24.3 EV-DO
    • 24.4 Broadband via satellite
    • 24.5 Mobile data services
    • 24.6 Third generation (3G)
    • 24.7 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
    • 24.8 Satellite mobile
    • 24.9 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 25. Malawi
    • 25.1 Market Overview
      • 25.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 25.2 Wireless broadband
      • 25.2.1 Broadmax
      • 25.2.2 Skyband
      • 25.2.3 Globmax
      • 25.2.4 eWiMAX
    • 25.3 Mobile data services
    • 25.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 25.5 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 26. Mali
    • 26.1 Market Overview
      • 26.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 26.2 Third mobile licence
    • 26.3 WiMAX
    • 26.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 26.5 Mobile content and applications
      • 26.5.1 M-payments and m-banking
  • 27. Mauritius
    • 27.1 Market Overview
      • 27.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 27.2 WiFi
    • 27.3 WiMAX
      • 27.3.1 Nomad
      • 27.3.2 Other projects
    • 27.4 EV-DO
    • 27.5 Mobile data services
    • 27.6 Third generation (3G)
    • 27.7 Mobile broadband pricing
    • 27.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 27.8.1 Mobile TV
      • 27.8.2 Mobile banking
    • 27.9 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 28. Morocco
    • 28.1 Market Overview
    • 28.2 Mobile statistics
    • 28.3 3G mobile broadband
      • 28.3.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
      • 28.3.2 Meditel
      • 28.3.3 Maroc Telecom
    • 28.4 Broadband via satellite
    • 28.5 Mobile data services
      • 28.5.1 SMS
      • 28.5.2 MMS
      • 28.5.3 GPRS
      • 28.5.4 Blackberry
      • 28.5.5 Mobile TV
    • 28.6 Third-generation (3G) mobile
      • 28.6.1 Licensing
      • 28.6.2 Services
    • 28.7 Mobile payments, m-banking
    • 28.8 Satellite mobile
  • 29. Mozambique
    • 29.1 Market Overview
    • 29.2 Mobile statistics
    • 29.3 Wireless broadband
      • 29.3.1 EV-DO
      • 29.3.2 WiMAX
    • 29.4 Mobile data services
    • 29.5 Third generation (3G)
    • 29.6 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 30. Namibia
    • 30.1 Market Overview
      • 30.1.1 The long road to Namibia’s second mobile licence
      • 30.1.2 Mobile statistics
    • 30.2 Wireless broadband
    • 30.3 WiMAX
    • 30.4 WiFi
    • 30.5 Mobile data services
      • 30.5.1 SMS and MMS
      • 30.5.2 GPRS/EDGE
      • 30.5.3 3G/HSDPA
      • 30.5.4 LTE
      • 30.5.5 EV-DO
    • 30.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 30.6.1 Mobile TV
      • 30.6.2 Mobile banking
    • 30.7 Satellite mobile
  • 31. Nigeria
    • 31.1 Market Overview
      • 31.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 31.2 Regulatory issues
      • 31.2.1 GSM licence terms
      • 31.2.2 Interconnection
      • 31.2.3 Mobile tariffs
      • 31.2.4 International gateways
      • 31.2.5 Unified licensing regime brings new competition
      • 31.2.6 Universal service
      • 31.2.7 Mobile number portability
      • 31.2.8 Central equipment identity register
      • 31.2.9 Poor quality of service
      • 31.2.10 Registration of subscriber details
      • 31.2.11 Foreign ownership
    • 31.3 Wireless broadband
      • 31.3.1 Odu’a Telecom
      • 31.3.2 Swift Networks
      • 31.3.3 Startech Connection
      • 31.3.4 Cyberspace Network
      • 31.3.5 Nitel
      • 31.3.6 Netcom Africa
      • 31.3.7 MWEB Nigeria
      • 31.3.8 Gateway Communications
    • 31.4 WiFi
      • 31.4.1 Accelon, Internet Solutions
      • 31.4.2 Jigawa Broadband Access Network
      • 31.4.3 Polestar/5G WiFi network in Lagos
      • 31.4.4 NaijaWiFi
      • 31.4.5 Abuja WiFi, WiMAX
      • 31.4.6 Enugu
    • 31.5 WiMAX
    • 31.6 Mobile broadband
    • 31.7 Mobile data services
      • 31.7.1 SMS
      • 31.7.2 MMS
      • 31.7.3 GPRS, EDGE
      • 31.7.4 WAP
      • 31.7.5 CDMA2000 1x
      • 31.7.6 BlackBerry
      • 31.7.7 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
    • 31.8 Mobile TV
    • 31.9 3G
      • 31.9.1 Licensing
      • 31.9.2 Globacom
      • 31.9.3 Zain
      • 31.9.4 MTN
      • 31.9.5 CDMA EV-DO
    • 31.10 LTE
    • 31.11 Satellite mobile
    • 31.12 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • 32. Rwanda
    • 32.1 Market Overview
      • 32.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 32.2 EV-DO
    • 32.3 WiMAX, WiBro
    • 32.4 WiFi
    • 32.5 Mobile data services
    • 32.6 Third generation (3G)
    • 32.7 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
    • 32.8 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013, 2016
  • 33. Senegal
    • 33.1 Market Overview
      • 33.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 33.2 Regulatory issues
      • 33.2.1 Mobile number portability (MNP)
      • 33.2.2 Registration of customer details
      • 33.2.3 Per-second billing (PSB)
      • 33.2.4 MVNO licences
      • 33.2.5 Millicom licence dispute
    • 33.3 WiFi
    • 33.4 Mobile data services
      • 33.4.1 SMS
      • 33.4.2 MMS
      • 33.4.3 GPRS and EDGE
      • 33.4.4 EV-DO
      • 33.4.5 WAP
      • 33.4.6 BlackBerry, iPhone
      • 33.4.7 Third Generation (3G)
    • 33.5 Mobile content and applications
      • 33.5.1 Manobi
      • 33.5.2 M-payments and m-banking
  • 34. Sierra Leone
    • 34.1 Market Overview
      • 34.1.1 Mobile licensing
      • 34.1.2 Mobile statistics
    • 34.2 Mobile data services
    • 34.3 Mobile content and applications
      • 34.3.1 M-payments
    • 34.4 Satellite mobile
  • 35. Somalia
    • 35.1 Market Overview
      • 35.1.1 Mobile market
  • 36. South Africa
    • 36.1 Market Overview
    • 36.2 Mobile statistics
    • 36.3 Market liberalisation and licence obligations
    • 36.4 Community service telephones (CST)
    • 36.5 Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
    • 36.6 Regulatory issues
      • 36.6.1 Prices
      • 36.6.2 Interconnection
      • 36.6.3 Handset subsidies
      • 36.6.4 International gateways
      • 36.6.5 Fees and obligations for 1800MHz spectrum
      • 36.6.6 Registration of subscriber ID
      • 36.6.7 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 36.6.8 Quality of service (QoS)
    • 36.7 Wireless broadband
      • 36.7.1 WiFi
      • 36.7.2 WiMAX
      • 36.7.3 EV-DO
      • 36.7.4 Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA)
      • 36.7.5 MyWireless (Sentech) – decommissioned
      • 36.7.6 iBurst (WBS, Blue Label)
    • 36.8 3G mobile broadband
    • 36.9 Broadband via satellite
    • 36.10 Mobile data services
      • 36.10.1 Overview
      • 36.10.2 Mobile data revenue
      • 36.10.3 SMS
      • 36.10.4 MMS
      • 36.10.5 WAP
      • 36.10.6 GPRS
      • 36.10.7 EDGE
      • 36.10.8 BlackBerry
    • 36.11 3G and 3.5G (HSPA)
      • 36.11.1 Mobile broadband overview
      • 36.11.2 Vodacom
      • 36.11.3 MTN
      • 36.11.4 Cell C
      • 36.11.5 Telkom SA
    • 36.12 LTE (4G)
    • 36.13 Mobile content and applications
      • 36.13.1 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • 36.13.2 Mobile TV
      • 36.13.3 Mobile music
      • 36.13.4 CellBook
      • 36.13.5 M-commerce
      • 36.13.6 Mobile advertising
      • 36.13.7 Location-based services (LBS)
      • 36.13.8 Manobi
      • 36.13.9 Mobile social media
    • 36.14 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013, 2016
  • 37. Sudan
    • 37.1 Market Overview
    • 37.2 Mobile statistics
    • 37.3 EV-DO
    • 37.4 WiMAX
    • 37.5 Broadband via satellite
    • 37.6 Mobile data services
      • 37.6.1 SMS and MMS
      • 37.6.2 GPRS and EDGE
    • 37.7 Third generation (3G)
    • 37.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 37.8.1 Mobile money transfer
    • 37.9 Satellite mobile
  • 38. Swaziland
    • 38.1 Market Overview
      • 38.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 38.2 Third generation (3G)
  • 39. Tanzania
    • 39.1 Market Overview
      • 39.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 39.2 Wireless broadband
      • 39.2.1 iBurst
      • 39.2.2 EV-DO
      • 39.2.3 WiMAX
    • 39.3 Mobile data services and pricing
      • 39.3.1 Third generation (3G)
      • 39.3.2 Blackberry
      • 39.3.3 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
    • 39.4 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013, 2016
  • 40. Tunisia
    • 40.1 Market Overview
      • 40.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 40.2 WiMAX
    • 40.3 DSL by satellite
    • 40.4 Mobile data services
      • 40.4.1 SMS
      • 40.4.2 MMS
      • 40.4.3 GPRS, EDGE, WAP
    • 40.5 Third Generation (3G)
    • 40.6 Mobile TV
    • 40.7 Satellite mobile
  • 41. Uganda
    • 41.1 Market Overview
    • 41.2 Mobile statistics
    • 41.3 WiFi
    • 41.4 WiMAX
    • 41.5 Mobile data services
      • 41.5.1 SMS
      • 41.5.2 WAP, GPRS and EDGE
      • 41.5.3 MMS
      • 41.5.4 BlackBerry
      • 41.5.5 Third generation (3G)
      • 41.5.6 Mobile TV
    • 41.6 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
      • 41.6.1 Traditional bank charges and international remittances
      • 41.6.2 Regulation
      • 41.6.3 MTN Mobile Money
      • 41.6.4 ZAP (Zain)
      • 41.6.5 M-Sente (UTL)
      • 41.6.6 Other services
    • 41.7 Forecasts – mobile market 2013; 2016
  • 42. Zambia
    • 42.1 Market Overview
      • 42.1.1 Mobile statistics
    • 42.2 WiMAX
    • 42.3 WiFi
    • 42.4 Mobile data services
    • 42.5 Third generation (3G)
    • 42.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 42.6.1 M-payment and m-banking
    • 42.7 Local handset manufacturing
    • 42.8 Satellite mobile
    • 42.9 Forecasts – mobile market – 2013; 2016
  • 43. Zimbabwe
    • 43.1 Market Overview
      • 43.1.1 Mobile statistics
      • 43.1.2 WiMAX
      • 43.1.3 WiFi
    • 43.2 Mobile data services
    • 43.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 43.4 Satellite mobile
  • 44. Glossary of Abbreviations
  • Table 1 – Active mobile broadband penetration in selected African countries – 2009 - 2011
  • Table 2 – Algeria Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 3 – Algeria Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 4 – Angola Unitel 3G broadband pricing – 2011
  • Table 5 – Angola Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 6 – Benin Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 7 – Botswana Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 8 – Botswana Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – September 2010
  • Table 9 – Burkina Faso Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 10 – Burundi Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 11 – Cameroon Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012
  • Table 12 – Cameroon Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – June 2011
  • Table 13 – Cameroon Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 14 – Chad Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 15 – Cote D’Ivoire Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 16 – DRC Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 17 – Djibouti Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 18 – Egypt Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 19 – Egypt Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 20 –Eritrea Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2012
  • Table 21 – Ethiopia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 22 – Ethiopia Broadband pricing comparison – HSDPA, GPRS, EV-DO, ADSL – August 2012
  • Table 23 – Ethiopia Forecast mobile subscribers – 2014; 2017
  • Table 24 – Gabon Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 25 – Gambia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 26 – Ghana Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 27 – Ghana Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – May 2012
  • Table 28 – Ghana Forecast mobile subscribers – 2014; 2017
  • Table 29 – Guinea Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 30 – Kenya Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 31 – Kenya Mobile subscribers by operator and quarterly change – December 2011
  • Table 32 – Kenya Safaricom voice/data revenue composition and annual growth – 2011
  • Table 33 – Kenya Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 34 – Lesotho Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2012
  • Table 35 – Liberia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2001 - 2012
  • Table 36 – Libya Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012
  • Table 37 – Libyana 3G/HSDPA broadband pricing – 2010 - 2012
  • Table 38 – Madagascar Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 39 – Madagascar Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 40 – Malawi Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 41 – Malawi Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 42 – Mali Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 43 – Mali Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change – June 2011
  • Table 44 – Mauritius Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2012
  • Table 45 – Mauritius Orange mobile data/3G broadband post-paid pricing – 2008/09, 2011, 2012
  • Table 46 – Mauritius Emtel mobile data/3G broadband pricing – 2011
  • Table 47 – Mauritius MTML EV-DO mobile broadband pricing – 2012
  • Table 48 – Mauritius Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 49 – Morocco Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 50 – Morocco Mobile subscribers by operator, technology and annual change – September 2011
  • Table 51 – Morocco 3G mobile broadband subscribers by operator and market share – September 2011
  • Table 52 – Morocco Meditel 3G+ broadband pricing – 2009 vs 2010
  • Table 53 – Morocco Maroc Telecom 3G broadband pricing – 2009 vs 2010
  • Table 54 – Morocco Maroc Telecom GPRS pricing – July 2010
  • Table 55 – Mozambique Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2012
  • Table 56 – Mozambique TDM EV-DO broadband pricing – 2012 vs. 2010
  • Table 57 – Mozambique mCel 3G prepaid pricing – 2010-2012
  • Table 58 – Mozambique Vodacom 3G post-paid pricing – 2010-2012
  • Table 59 – Mozambique Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 60 – Namibia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2012
  • Table 61 – Namibia Netman 3G mobile broadband pricing – May 2012
  • Table 62 – Namibia Netman 4G mobile broadband pricing – May 2012
  • Table 63 – Nigeria Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012
  • Table 64 – Nigeria Mobile subscribers by operator, technology – December 2011
  • Table 65 – Nigeria Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 66 – Rwanda Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 67 – Rwanda Mobile subscribers by operator – November 2011
  • Table 68 – Rwanda Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 69 – Senegal Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 70 – Senegal Mobile subscribers by operator, technology, annual change – June 2011
  • Table 71 – Senegal Orange GPRS/EDGE pricing – 2009; 2010
  • Table 72 – Senegal Expresso EV-DO mobile broadband pricing – 2009; 2010
  • Table 73 – Sierra Leone GSM licences and operations in Sierra Leone – 1998 - 2011
  • Table 74 – Sierra Leone Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 75 – Sierra Leone Zain mobile Internet pricing by data download – January 2010
  • Table 76 – Somalia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2012
  • Table 77 – South Africa Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1994 - 2012
  • Table 78 – South Africa Telkom SA WiMAX subscribers – 2008 - 2011
  • Table 79 – South Africa WAPA industry survey – 2006 - 2008
  • Table 80 – South Africa Sentech MyWireless subscribers – 2005 - 2008
  • Table 81 – South Africa iBurst subscribers – 2005 - 2011
  • Table 82 – South Africa Vodacom broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 83 – South Africa Telkom SA mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2011
  • Table 84 – South Africa Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 85 – Sudan Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996 - 2012
  • Table 86 – Sudani mDSL pricing – 2012 vs. 2010
  • Table 87 – Sudani 3G mobile broadband pricing – July 2012
  • Table 88 – Swaziland Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 89 – Tanzania Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Table 90 – Tanzania Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – September 2011
  • Table 91 – Tanzania Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 92 – Tunisia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2012
  • Table 93 – Uganda Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1996 - 2012
  • Table 94 – Uganda Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 95 – Zambia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 - 2012
  • Table 96 – Zambia Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
  • Table 97 – Zimbabwe Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
  • Chart 1 – Algeria Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 2 – Benin Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 3 – Botswana Mobile subscribers in Botswana – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 4 – Burkina Faso Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 5 – Burundi Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 6 – Cameroon Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 7 – Chad Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 8 – Cote D’Ivoire Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 9 – DRC Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 10 – Djibouti Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 11 – Egypt Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 12 – Eritrea Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2012
  • Chart 13 – Ethiopia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 14 – Gabon Mobile subscribers in Gabon – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 15 – Gambia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 16 – Ghana Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999-2012
  • Chart 17 – Guinea Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 18 – Kenya Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999-2012
  • Chart 19 – Lesotho Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 20 – Liberia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 21 – Libya Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 22 – Madagascar Mobile subscribers in Madagascar – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 23 – Malawi Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 24 – Mali Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 25 – Mauritius Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 26 – Morocco Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 27 – Mozambique Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 28 – Namibia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 29 – Nigeria Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 30 – Rwanda Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 31 – Senegal Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 32 – Sierra Leone Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 33 – Somalia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 34 – South Africa Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 35 – Sudan Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 36 – Swaziland Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 37 – Tanzania Mobile subscribers in Tanzania – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 38 – Tunisia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 39 – Uganda Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 40 – Zambia Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Chart 41 – – Zimbabwe Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
  • Exhibit 1 – An analysis of Egypt’s third mobile licence valuation
  • Exhibit 2 – SMS as a weapon against drug counterfeiting
  • Exhibit 3 – Texting elephants
  • Exhibit 4 – Job offers by SMS
  • Exhibit 5 – South Africa Spotlight on Vodacom GSM community payphones

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