Africa - Mobile Market Overview & Statistics

Synopsis

Mobile phones represent around 90% of all telephone lines in Africa. The continent’s mobile market is consistently growing at around 50 to 60% every year. Enormous further potential remains, with market penetration standing at little more than 20%. Due to Africa's poor fixed-line infrastructure, the mobile networks are beginning to play an increasing role in Internet service provision as well, following the launch of third-generation (3G) services in a number of markets – a welcome new revenue stream in an environment of low Average Revenue per User (ARPU) levels. Newly introduced converged licensing regimes have increased the competitive pressure in a number of key markets but also allow the mobile operators to branch out into new service segments.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Analysis of Africa’s mobile market
    • 2.1 The impact of mobile phones in Africa
    • 2.2 Statistical analysis
    • 2.3 More mobiles than fixed lines
    • 2.4 Average Revenue per User (ARPU)
    • 2.5 Churn
  • 3. Mobile technologies
    • 3.1 Analogue
    • 3.2 Digital
      • 3.2.1 GSM
      • 3.2.2 CDMA
    • 3.3 Third Generation mobile (3G)
  • 4. Fixed-mobile convergence
    • 4.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
    • 4.2 Converged licensing regimes
  • 5. Pan-African mobile operators
  • 6. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
  • 7. Mobile voice services
    • 7.1 Prepaid cards
    • 7.2 Community phones
  • 8. Mobile data services
    • 8.1 Overview
    • 8.2 SMS
    • 8.3 MMS
    • 8.4 GPRS
    • 8.5 EDGE
    • 8.6 3G
    • 8.7 EV-DO
  • 9. Mobile banking
  • 10. Satellite mobile
    • 10.1 Globalstar
    • 10.2 Inmarsat
    • 10.3 Iridium
    • 10.4 Thuraya
  • 11. Related reports

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 13

Status Archived

Last updated 18 Jun 2008
Update History

Analyst: Peter Lange

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