2015 Africa - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile broadband market in 41 African countries. Subjects covered include:

  • Statistics, trends and analysis;
  • Major market players.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- December 2015 (10th Edition)

Executive Summary

Mobile investments in networks encouraging shift from 3G to LTE among consumers

Africa continues to see strong growth in mobile broadband use and data traffic, the result of several factors which are providing a beneficial environment for investment and customer take-up of services. Overall forecasts suggest that mobile internet traffic across the region will increase 20-fold by the end of the decade.

This strong growth is supported by increased internationally connectivity as consortia of operators continue to develop submarine and terrestrial cables to provide the necessary backbone infrastructure on which data and networks depend. Indeed, growth in international internet capacity to Africa has grown faster during the last few than years than in any other region globally. Capacity grew by about 40% in the year to mid-2015. Although connectivity in northern countries dominated growth for a number of years, the focus more recently has been on Sub-Saharan regions.

Major projects include cables connecting southern Africa to Brazil and onto the US, while in August 2015 the West Africa Cable System was upgraded, delivering 5.12Tb/s capacity for connected countries along the route from South Africa to the UK.

Smartphones are rapidly becoming the dominant device of choice for new purchases, in line with the availability of LTE networks being built out by network operators. Many of these operators have an extensive international presence, encompassing a significant number of markets which facilitates the development and spread of technical expertise, m-commerce and roaming. Almost half of all smartphones shipped to Africa in 2015 retail for less than $100, while domestically manufactured units are expected to sell for considerably less into 2016. This will help spread the use of smartphones to a larger consumer base.

By 2020, about three-quarters of all mobile connections will be on 3G or LTE, and thereafter the impetus will favour LTE as operators are able to make use of spectrum released from the switch to digital TV. This process, which was expected to be have been completed by June 2015, was delayed in many markets which were unprepared, but during 2016 this digital dividend spectrum will be made available for network operators to expand the reach of LTE networks beyond the major cities. In response, operators are transitioning their networks to accommodate the shift from a market dominated by mobile voice into one in which data services and customer retention are paramount.

Mobile data revenue in Africa is expected to double by 2019, from about $11 billion 2014 to $22 billion, though mobile voice revenue also retains growth potential, with revenue expected to increase from about $50 billion in 2014 to $55 billion in 2019. Growth in voice revenue and traffic is supported by poor fixed-line networks and the focus among operators, regulators and governments alike on investing in mobile infrastructure to achieve national goals for broadband connectivity and reach.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Regional Overview
    • 1.1 Statistics
  • 2. Algeria
    • 2.1 Overview of the mobile market in Algeria
    • 2.2 Mobile data
      • 2.2.1 SMS
      • 2.2.2 MMS
    • 2.3 Mobile broadband
      • 2.3.1 GSM-R
      • 2.3.2 Third Generation (3G)
      • 2.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 3. Angola
    • 3.1 Overview of Angola’s mobile market
    • 3.2 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 3.3 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
    • 3.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE/4G)
  • 4. Benin
    • 4.1 Overview of Benin’s mobile market
    • 4.2 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 4.3 3G/UMTS
    • 4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 4.5 WiFi
    • 4.6 SMS
    • 4.7 MMS
  • 5. Botswana
    • 5.1 Overview of Botswana’s mobile market
    • 5.2 Mobile broadband
    • 5.3 Mobile Infrastructure
      • 5.3.1 Third generation (3G)
      • 5.3.2 Long-term Evolution (4G)
      • 5.3.3 SMS and MMS
  • 6. Burkina Faso
    • 6.1 Overview of Burkina Faso’s mobile market
    • 6.2 SMS
    • 6.3 MMS
    • 6.4 GPRS, EDGE
    • 6.5 Third generation (3G)
  • 7. Cameroon
    • 7.1 Overview of the mobile market in Cameroon
      • 7.1.1 GSM
      • 7.1.2 3G
      • 7.1.3 LTE
      • 7.1.4 Satellite mobile
  • 8. Chad
    • 8.1 Overview of the mobile market in Chad
      • 8.1.1 Third generation (3G)
      • 8.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 9. Cote d’Ivoire
    • 9.1 Overview of Côte d’Ivoire’s mobile market
    • 9.2 SMS
    • 9.3 MMS
    • 9.4 GPRS/EDGE
    • 9.5 Mobile broadband
    • 9.6 Third generation (3G)
    • 9.7 High-Speed packet access (HSPA)
    • 9.8 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 10. Democratic Republic of Congo
    • 10.1 Overview of the DRC’s mobile market
    • 10.2 Mobile data services
      • 10.2.1 Advanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
    • 10.3 Mobile broadband
    • 10.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 10.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 11. Djibouti
    • 11.1 Overview of mobile market in Djibouti
    • 11.2 Mobile broadband
  • 12. Egypt
    • 12.1 Overview of the mobile market in Egypt
    • 12.2 Mobile data
    • 12.3 SMS
    • 12.4 MMS
    • 12.5 Mobile broadband
    • 12.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 12.7 Mobile satellite
  • 13. Eritrea
  • 14. Ethiopia
    • 14.1 Overview of Ethiopia’s mobile market
    • 14.2 Mobile data
    • 14.3 Third generation (3G)
    • 14.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 15. Gabon
    • 15.1 Overview of Gabon’s mobile market
    • 15.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
    • 15.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 16. Gambia
    • 16.1 Overview of Gambia’s mobile market
    • 16.2 Mobile data services
    • 16.3 SMS
    • 16.4 MMS
    • 16.5 Mobile broadband
    • 16.6 GPRS/EDGE
    • 16.7 Third generation (3G)
    • 16.8 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 17. Ghana
    • 17.1 Overview of Ghana’s mobile market
    • 17.2 Mobile broadband/data
      • 17.2.1 SMS
      • 17.2.2 UMTS (3G)
      • 17.2.3 High speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 17.2.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 17.2.5 GPRS
      • 17.2.6 EDGE
      • 17.2.7 Satellite mobile
  • 18. Guinea
    • 18.1 Overview of Guinea’s mobile market
    • 18.2 Mobile data
    • 18.3 Mobile broadband
  • 19. Kenya
    • 19.1 Overview of the mobile market in Kenya
    • 19.2 SMS
      • 19.2.1 MMS
    • 19.3 Mobile broadband
    • 19.4 UMTS (3G)
    • 19.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 19.6 GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
    • 19.7 VoIP/VoLTE
  • 20. Lesotho
    • 20.1 Overview of Lesotho’s mobile market
    • 20.2 Mobile data
    • 20.3 Mobile broadband
    • 20.4 Third generation (3G) mobile
    • 20.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 21. Liberia
    • 21.1 Overview of Liberia’s mobile market
    • 21.2 Mobile data services
    • 21.3 Third generation (3G)
  • 22. Libya
    • 22.1 Overview of the mobile market in Libya
    • 22.2 Mobile data services
    • 22.3 SMS
    • 22.4 MMS
    • 22.5 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 22.6 Third generation (3G)
    • 22.7 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 22.8 GPRS/EDGE
    • 22.9 Satellite mobile
  • 23. Madagascar
    • 23.1 Overview of the mobile market in Madagascar
    • 23.2 Mobile data services
    • 23.3 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 23.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 23.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 24. Malawi
    • 24.1 Overview of Malawi’s mobile market
    • 24.2 Mobile data
    • 24.3 Mobile broadband
    • 24.4 Third Generation (3G)
  • 25. Mali
    • 25.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mali
    • 25.2 Mobile data
    • 25.3 Mobile broadband
  • 26. Mauritius
    • 26.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mauritius
    • 26.2 Mobile data services
    • 26.3 Mobile broadband
    • 26.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 26.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 27. Morocco
    • 27.1 Overview of the mobile market in Morocco
    • 27.2 Mobile data
      • 27.2.1 SMS
      • 27.2.2 MMS
    • 27.3 Mobile broadband
      • 27.3.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
      • 27.3.2 Meditel
      • 27.3.3 Maroc Telecom
    • 27.4 UMTS (3G)
    • 27.5 LTE
    • 27.6 GPRS
  • 28. Mozambique
    • 28.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mozambique
    • 28.2 Mobile data
    • 28.3 Mobile broadband
    • 28.4 Third generation (3G)
  • 29. Namibia
    • 29.1 Overview of the mobile market in Namibia
    • 29.2 SMS and MMS
    • 29.3 Mobile broadband
    • 29.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 29.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 29.6 GPRS/EDGE
    • 29.7 HSDPA
  • 30. Nigeria
    • 30.1 Overview of the mobile market in Nigeria
    • 30.2 SMS
    • 30.3 Premium-rate SMS, interactive TV (iTV)
    • 30.4 MMS
    • 30.5 Mobile broadband
    • 30.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 30.7 Other infrastructure developments
      • 30.7.1 GPRS, EDGE
      • 30.7.2 WAP
      • 30.7.3 CDMA2000 1x
      • 30.7.4 VoLTE
  • 31. Rwanda
    • 31.1 Overview of the mobile market in Rwanda
    • 31.2 Mobile data
    • 31.3 Mobile broadband
    • 31.4 Third Generation (3G)
    • 31.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 32. Senegal
    • 32.1 Overview of the mobile market in Senegal
    • 32.2 SMS
    • 32.3 MMS
    • 32.4 Mobile broadband
    • 32.5 Third Generation (3G)
    • 32.6 Long-term-Evolution (LTE)
    • 32.7 GPRS and EDGE
    • 32.8 EV-DO
    • 32.9 WAP
    • 32.10 High Speed packet access (HSPA)
  • 33. Sierra Leone
    • 33.1 Overview of the mobile market in Sierra Leone
    • 33.2 Mobile data services
    • 33.3 Mobile satellite services
    • 33.4 Third generation (3G)
  • 34. South Africa
    • 34.1 Overview of the mobile market in South Africa
    • 34.2 Mobile data
      • 34.2.1 Mobile data revenue
      • 34.2.2 SMS
      • 34.2.3 MMS
    • 34.3 Mobile broadband
      • 34.3.1 Forecast – mobile broadband users – 2015, 2018
    • 34.4 3G/UMTS
      • 34.4.1 Vodacom
      • 34.4.2 MTN
      • 34.4.3 Cell C
      • 34.4.4 Telkom
    • 34.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 34.6 WAP
    • 34.7 GPRS
    • 34.8 EDGE
    • 34.9 High Sped Packet Access (HSPA)
    • 34.10 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • 34.11 M2M networks
  • 35. South Sudan
    • 35.1 Overview of South Sudan’s mobile market
    • 35.2 Mobile data
      • 35.2.1 SMS and MMS
      • 35.2.2 GPRS and EDGE
    • 35.3 Mobile broadband
    • 35.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 35.5 LTE (4G)
  • 36. Sudan
    • 36.1 Overview of the mobile market in Sudan
    • 36.2 Third generation (3G)
    • 36.3 GPRS and EDGE
    • 36.4 HSPA
    • 36.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 36.6 SMS and MMS
    • 36.7 Mobile broadband
  • 37. Swaziland
    • 37.1 Overview of the mobile market in Swaziland
    • 37.2 Mobile broadband
    • 37.3 Third Generation (3G)
    • 37.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
  • 38. Tanzania
    • 38.1 Overview of the mobile market in Tanzania
    • 38.2 Mobile data services
    • 38.3 Mobile broadband statistics
    • 38.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 38.5 Long-term Evolution) (LTE)
  • 39. Tunisia
    • 39.1 Overview of the mobile market in Tunisia
    • 39.2 Mobile data
    • 39.3 SMS, MMS
    • 39.4 Mobile broadband
    • 39.5 Third Generation (3G)
    • 39.6 Long-term Evolution (4G/LTE)
    • 39.7 GPRS, EDGE, WAP, Blackberry
    • 39.8 Satellite mobile
  • 40. Uganda
    • 40.1 Overview of the mobile market in Uganda
    • 40.2 SMS
    • 40.3 MMS
    • 40.4 Mobile broadband
    • 40.5 3G, HSPA
    • 40.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 40.7 GPRS and EDGE
    • 40.8 EV-DO
    • 40.9 Mobile satellite
  • 41. Zambia
    • 41.1 Overview of the mobile market in Zambia
    • 41.2 Mobile data
    • 41.3 Mobile broadband
    • 41.4 Third generation (3G)
    • 41.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
    • 41.6 Satellite mobile
  • 42. Zimbabwe
    • 42.1 Overview of the mobile market in Zimbabwe
    • 42.2 Mobile data services
      • 42.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 42.3 Mobile broadband statistics
    • Table 1 – Africa - active mobile broadband subscribers in selected countries – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 2 – Africa - active mobile broadband penetration in selected countries – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 3 – Algeria - 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 4 – Angola - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009- 2015
    • Table 5 – Angola - Unitel 3G broadband pricing – 2015
    • Table 6 – Benin - Mobile internet subscribers – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 7 – Benin - Mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2014
    • Table 8 – Botswana - Mobile internet subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 9 – Côte d’Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 10 – Côte d’Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 11 – DRC - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 12 – Djibouti - Mobile broadband subscribers in Djibouti – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 13 – Egypt - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 14 – Egypt - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 15 – Ethiopia - Ethio Telecom 3G pricing – January 2015
    • Table 16 – Gambia - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 17 – Africell Gambia 3G mobile broadband pricing – 2014
    • Table 18 – Ghana - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 19 – Ghana - Total mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 20 – Guinea - SMS traffic – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 21 – Guinea - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 22 – Kenya - SMS traffic – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 23 – Kenya - MMS traffic – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 24 – Kenya - Mobile internet subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 25 – Kenya - Mobile internet market share by provider – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 26 – Kenya - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 27 – Lesotho - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010- 2015
    • Table 28 – Liberia - SMS traffic – 2008 - 2014
    • Table 29 – Libya - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2014
    • Table 30 – Madagascar - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 31 – Malawi - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 32 – Mali - Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 33 – Orange Mali mobile data pricing – 2015
    • Table 34 – Mauritius - SMS traffic – 2006 - 2014
    • Table 35 – Mauritius - Orange mobile data/3G broadband post-paid pricing – 2011 - 2014
    • Table 36 – Morocco - SMS traffic – 2005 - 2015
    • Table 37 – Morocco - SMS termination rate – 2012 - 2013
    • Table 38 – Morocco - 3G mobile internet connections – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 39 – Morocco - Market share of internet subscribers by ISP – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 40 – Mozambique - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 41 – Mozambique - mCel 3G prepaid pricing – 2015
    • Table 42 – Namibia - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 43 – Namibia - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 44 – Nigeria - Mobile internet subscribers by operator (GSM) – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 45 – Nigeria - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 46 – Visafone Nigeria CDMA-2000 1x and EV-DO pricing – 2015
    • Table 47 – Nigeria CDMA subscribers – 2014 - 2015
    • Table 48 – Rwanda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 49 – Rwanda - Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2014
    • Table 50 – Rwanda - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2014
    • Table 51 – Senegal - Mobile broadband (2G/3G) subscribers – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 52 – Senegal - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 53 – Senegal - Market share of 2G/3G internet subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 54 – Sierra Leone - Airtel 3G mobile broadband pricing – 2012
    • Table 55 – Vodacom SMS traffic – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 56 – South Africa - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 57 – South Africa - Forecast mobile broadband users – 2015; 2018
    • Table 58 – Vodacom South Africa broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 59 – Vodacom South Africa M2M connections – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 60 – South Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 61 – Sudani mobile internet pricing – Dec 2013
    • Table 62 – Sudan - SMS traffic – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 63 – Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 64 – Swaziland - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 65 – Swazi MTN 3G mobile broadband pricing – 2015
    • Table 66 – Tanzania - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2008 - 2014
    • Table 67 – Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers (3G with key) – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 68 – Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 69 – Tunisia - Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 70 – Tunisia - Mobile broadband subscribers (3G) and penetration – 2013 - 2015
    • Table 71 – Uganda - SMS messages sent – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 72 – Uganda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 73 – Uganda - Africell 3G/HSPA mobile broadband pricing – 2015
    • Table 74 – Zambia - Mobile internet subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 75 – Zambia - Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 76 – Zimbabwe - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 - 2015
    • Exhibit 1 – Ghana - SMS as a weapon against drug counterfeiting

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