Burundi, DR Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia - Africas Top 5 ICT Investment Markets

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Companies covered in this report:

Africanus.net Linkstone Capital
Afrinet Microcom
AfriTel (Starcel) Millenium Finance
Algerie Telecom Millicom (Tigo)
Bharti Airtel (Zain) Office Congolais des Postes et des Télécommunications (OCPT)
BNP Paribas Office National des Telecommunications (Onatel, Onamob), Burundi
Cielux Telecom Orioncom
Congo Chine Telecom (CCT) Paconet (Pan African Communication Network)
Congo Korea Telecom RagaNet
Djibouti Telecom (Evatis, Adjib) Renaissance Capital
Econet Wireless Burundi (Spacetel) Roffe Hi-Tech
Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel) Sattel
Ethio-Mobile (ETC) Saudi Telecom Company (STC)
EthioNet (ETC) Societe Internet Congolaise (SIC)
Ethio-Telecom (Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, ETC) Sogetel
Gecamines Tatem Telecom
Geolink Telecel International
Global Broadband Solution (GBS) Telecom Italia Sparkle
ICP Net U-Com (Orascom, Telecel Globe, Leo)
Interconnect (Vodanet) Vodacom Congo
LaCell SU (Smart Mobile) VTEL Holdings (Tempo, Africell Safaris)

Researcher:- Peter Lange
Current publication date:- April 2012 (1st Edition)

Executive Summary

ICT-IA index benchmarking and detailed country reports

BuddeComm has developed the ICT Investment Attractivity (ICT-IA) index as a tool for investors to identify the most attractive information and communication technology (ICT) markets in a target region, be it worldwide or, for the purpose of this report, in Africa which continues to offer the highest growth rates and return on investment (ROI).

These extraordinary returns do, however, come at the expense of significant risks that African markets also pose to foreign investors. The ICT-IA index therefore takes various factors into account, including market growth, remaining potential, current and future services (voice and broadband data/internet), consumer spending power, and general business climate, to help investors identify those markets offering the best risk-to-opportunity ratio.

This report ranks the Top 5 most attractive African ICT markets, benchmarks them against each other and against regional averages, outlines currently existing or upcoming investment opportunities and analyses the risks specific to each market. The end result is a single index figure that tells investors how attractive a country's ICT market is compared to others, taking all the above criteria into account.

This information is backed up by detailed statistics for each country, market overviews and analysis, and profiles of major players in the mobile, fixed-line, internet and broadband sector.

Market highlights:

  • GDP growth between 4 and 8% per year
  • 150 million potential customers in five countries
  • More than 100% annual subscriber growth
  • More than 1000% growth potential over the coming years
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
  • Telco privatisations
  • Management contracts
  • Market liberalisation
  • New operator licences
  • Broadband boom expected from new fibre networks

  

Table of Contents

  • 1. About the ICT-IA index
    • 1.1 Background
    • 1.2 Composition of the index
    • 1.3 Comparability
  • 2. The Top 5 markets
    • 2.1 Burundi
      • 2.1.1 ICT-IA index benchmarking
      • 2.1.2 Opportunities
      • 2.1.3 Obstacles and risks
    • 2.2 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
      • 2.2.1 ICT-IA index benchmarking
      • 2.2.2 Opportunities
      • 2.2.3 Obstacles and risks
    • 2.3 Djibouti
      • 2.3.1 ICT-IA index benchmarking
      • 2.3.2 Opportunities
      • 2.3.3 Obstacles and risks
    • 2.4 Eritrea
      • 2.4.1 ICT-IA index benchmarking
      • 2.4.2 Opportunities
      • 2.4.3 Obstacles and risks
    • 2.5 Ethiopia
      • 2.5.1 ICT-IA index benchmarking
      • 2.5.2 Opportunities
      • 2.5.3 Obstacles and risks
  • 3. Burundi
    • 3.1 Key statistics
    • 3.2 Country overview
    • 3.3 Telecom, mobile and internet market overview
    • 3.4 Market statistics
      • 3.4.1 Fixed-line statistics
      • 3.4.2 Internet statistics
      • 3.4.3 Mobile statistics
  • 4. Democratic Republic of Congo
    • 4.1 Key statistics
      • 4.1.1 Country overview
    • 4.2 Telecommunications market
      • 4.2.1 Overview of the DRC’s telecom market
    • 4.3 Regulatory environment
      • 4.3.1 Overview
      • 4.3.2 Regulatory authority
      • 4.3.3 Competition in the telecom sector
      • 4.3.4 Interconnection
      • 4.3.5 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
    • 4.4 Fixed-line operators in the DRC
      • 4.4.1 Fixed-line statistics
      • 4.4.2 Office Congolais des Postes et des Télécommunications
      • 4.4.3 Tatem Telecom
      • 4.4.4 Other operators
    • 4.5 International infrastructure
      • 4.5.1 Satellite
      • 4.5.2 Submarine fibre
      • 4.5.3 Terrestrial fibre
    • 4.6 Broadband and Internet market
      • 4.6.1 Overview
      • 4.6.2 ISP market
      • 4.6.3 Internet cafes
    • 4.7 Mobile communications
      • 4.7.1 Overview of the DRC’s mobile market
      • 4.7.2 Regulatory issues
      • 4.7.3 Major mobile operators
      • 4.7.4 Mobile data services
  • 5. Djibouti
    • 5.1 Country overview
    • 5.2 Telecom, mobile and broadband market overview
    • 5.3 Market statistics
      • 5.3.1 Fixed-line statistics
      • 5.3.2 Internet statistics
      • 5.3.3 Broadband statistics
      • 5.3.4 Mobile statistics
  • 6. Eritrea
    • 6.1 Key statistics
    • 6.2 Country overview
    • 6.3 Telecom, mobile and internet market overview
    • 6.4 Market statistics
      • 6.4.1 Fixed-line statistics
      • 6.4.2 Internet statistics
      • 6.4.3 Mobile statistics
  • 7. Ethiopia
    • 7.1 Key statistics
    • 7.2 Overview of Ethiopia’s telecom market
    • 7.3 Regulatory environment
      • 7.3.1 Regulatory authority
      • 7.3.2 Telecom service licences
      • 7.3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 7.4 Fixed network operator
      • 7.4.1 Ethio-Telecom (ETC)
    • 7.5 Internet market
      • 7.5.1 Overview
      • 7.5.2 Internet statistics
      • 7.5.3 National connectivity
      • 7.5.4 Public Internet access locations
      • 7.5.5 VoIP grey market
      • 7.5.6 E-learning
      • 7.5.7 ISP market
    • 7.6 Broadband market
      • 7.6.1 ADSL
      • 7.6.2 WiMAX
      • 7.6.3 Broadband via satellite
    • 7.7 Mobile communications
      • 7.7.1 Overview of Ethiopia’s mobile market
      • 7.7.2 Mobile operator
      • 7.7.3 Mobile data services
      • 7.7.4 Third generation (3G)
      • 7.7.5 Mobile banking
      • 7.7.6 Satellite mobile
    • 7.8 Forecasts
      • 7.8.1 Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
      • 7.8.2 Forecast – Internet users – 2013; 2016
      • 7.8.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
      • Table 1 – Burundi country statistics – 2012
      • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
      • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
      • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 9 – International Internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2010
      • Table 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 11 – Democratic Republic of Congo country statistics– 2012
      • Table 12 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
      • Table 13 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
      • Table 14 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 15 – Mobile statistics – 2012
      • Table 16 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 17 – Fixed telephone lines and teledensity – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 19 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 20 – Vodacom Congo subscribers – 2002 - 2011
      • Table 21 – Vodacom Congo ARPU – 2003 - 2011
      • Table 22 – Zain DRC ARPU – 2002 - 2009
      • Table 23 – Djibouti Country statistics – 2012
      • Table 24 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
      • Table 25 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
      • Table 26 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 27 – Mobile statistics – 2012
      • Table 28 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 29 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 30 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 31 – International Internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 32 – ADSL subscribers – 2006 - 2010
      • Table 33 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2012
      • Table 34 – Eritrea country statistics – 2012
      • Table 35 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
      • Table 36 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
      • Table 37 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 38 – Mobile statistics – 2012
      • Table 39 – National telecommunications authorities
      • Table 40 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 41 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 42 – International Internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2010
      • Table 43 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2004 - 2012
      • Table 44 – Ethiopia country statistics – 2012
      • Table 45 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2012
      • Table 46 – Internet provider statistics – 2012
      • Table 47 – Internet user statistics – 2012
      • Table 48 – Mobile statistics – 2012
      • Table 49 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 50 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2012
      • Table 51 – Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2012
      • Table 52 – Internet subscribers – 1997 - 2009
      • Table 53 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2012
      • Table 54 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2013; 2016
      • Table 55 – Forecast Internet users – 2013; 2016
      • Chart 1 – ICT-IA index rating and composition for Top 5 African markets
      • Chart 2 – Burundi key market indicators vs. regional averages
      • Chart 3 – DRC key market indicators vs. regional averages
      • Chart 4 – Djibouti key market indicators vs. regional averages
      • Chart 5 – Eritrea key market indicators vs. regional averages
      • Chart 6 – Ethiopia key market indicators vs. regional averages
      • Chart 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 10 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 12 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 13 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 15 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Chart 16 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2004 - 2012
      • Chart 17 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2012
      • Exhibit 1 – Map of Burundi
      • Exhibit 2 – Map of Djibouti
      • Exhibit 3 – Map of Eritrea

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