Côte d Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Ivory Coast secures mobile number portability

Côte d’Ivoire continues to benefit from strong economic growth; though GDP has declined since 2014 the economy is still expected to have grown by about 7.4% in 2018, supported by strong export in cocoa and palm oil and with greater efforts to develop the manufacturing sector as well as mining for gold and developing oil exports. The relatively peaceful elections held in October 2015 secured a second term for President Ouattara, who has focused on rebuilding the country’s infrastructure and establishing economic and political stability.

Although it has two competing fixed network operators, the fixed-line sector is dominated by CI-Telecom. This operator is majority-owned by Orange Group and was merged with the Group’s local mobile network operator, Orange Côte d’Ivoire, in December 2016. This created a unified service operator able to provide converged fixed-line as well as mobile voice and data services. The merger was in line with the government’s aim of developing a telecom sector with a stronger focus on convergence. To this end the mobile licences were renewed in early 2016 as universal services licenses.

The strongest sector in the overall market is the mobile sector, dominated by MTN and Orange and with Moov (a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom) having about a quarter of the market by subscribers. The smaller operators KoZ (operated by the Lebanese Comium Group) and Green Network (backed by Libya’s LAP Green before becoming part of the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC)), Warid telecom and Globacom have folded, had their licenses evoked, or have failed to launch services.

The fixed internet and broadband sectors have remained underdeveloped. This is partly the legacy of high international bandwidth costs caused by the incumbent having had monopoly access to the only international fibre optic submarine cable serving the country. This was addressed with the landing of a second cable in November 2011. Access to additional cables are providing significant reductions in retail pricing for DSL, WiMAX and EV-DO wireless broadband services.

Further progress has been made in building out the national backbone network, which in 2019 will be connected to the MainOne submarine cable. These developments will place the country in a better position to develop its broadband market and so encourage a prosperous digital economy.

Key developments:

  • Main One secures licence to provide connectivity services in Cote d'Ivoire, planning new Tier III data centre in 2020;
  • Orange Group to launch Orange Bank based on the Orange Money platform;
  • VipNet launches MNP;
  • 0.5% tax on m-money transfers expected to bring in XOF10 billion annually;
  • Value of m-money transfers reaches XOF17 billion per day;
  • Government further tightens SIM card registration rules;
  • LPTIC loses its universal telecoms licence;
  • Orange CI and CI-Telecom complete merger, creating converged fixed-line and mobile operator;
  • MTN Ivory Coast commits to XOF120 billion network upgrade investment;
  • WiMAX operator YooMee deploys LTE;
  • Report update includes regulator's market data to June 2018, telcos' operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Côte d’Ivoire Telecom (CI-Telecom), MTN CI, Arobase Telecom, Orange CI (France Telecom), Comium CI (KoZ), Etisalat (Moov), LapGreen (Green Network, GreenN, Oricel), Warid Telecom, Globacom, CORA de Comstar, Aircomm CI, Mainstreet Technologies, Africa Online, AfNet, Aviso, Globe Access Internet (Omnes), Intel Afrique, Solaris Telecom, Africom, Afripa Telecom (Atlantique Telecom), Comete, Globe Access, Monicash.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Universal service fund
    • Universal licences
  • Fixed network operators

    • CI-Telecom
      • Network infrastructure
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000
    • MTN CI (Arobase Telecom)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine fibre cables
    • Terrestrial fibre
    • Satellite
    • Data centres
    • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband statistics
    • Public Internet access locations
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Digital Economy

    • E-Commerce
    • E-agriculture
  • Mobile market

    • Mobile market
    • Mobile statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 3G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • Mobile data
      • SMS and MMS
    • Mobile broadband
    • Forecasts – mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Regulatory issues
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • SIM card registration
      • Roaming
      • Quality of Service
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Côte d’Ivoire (formerly Loteny)
      • Orange CI
      • Comium (KoZ)
      • Moov (Etisalat)
      • Green Network (Oricel, Lap Green)
      • Warid Telecom
      • Globacom
  • Mobile content and applications

    • M-money
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Côte d’Ivoire – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Côte d'Ivoire – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 3 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Côte d'Ivoire – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed lines in service by operator – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line revenue and investment – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 6 – International bandwidth – 2003 – 2016
  • Table 7 – Internet access market revenue in Côte d'Ivoire – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Internet access market investment in Côte d'Ivoire – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Côte d'Ivoire – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 10 – Internet users and penetration rate in Côte d'Ivoire – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 12 – ISP market share of subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Broadband subscribers by ISP – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 14 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 15 – Aviso DSL broadband subscribers – 2012-14; 2016-2017
  • Table 16 – Fibre broadband subscribers – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 17 – Fixed-wireless (WiMAX) broadband subscribers – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 18 - Historic - Mobile market revenue and investment - 2003 – 2009
  • Table 19 – Mobile market revenue and investment – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009
  • Table 21 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 23 – 3G subscribers by operator – 2014 – 2015
  • Table 24 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2016 – 2017
  • Table 26 – Forecast mobile subscribers in Côte d'Ivoire – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 27 – MTN Côte d'Ivoire subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 28 – MTN Côte d'Ivoire revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 29 – MTN Côte d’Ivoire ARPU – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Orange Côte d'Ivoire subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Orange Côte d'Ivoire revenue – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Comium Côte d’Ivoire subscribers – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 33 – Moov subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Green mobile subscribers – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 35 – Market share of m-money users by operator– 2017 – 2018
  • Table 36 – M-money users – 2014 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Côte d'Ivoire – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line revenue and investment – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile market revenue and investment – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Côte d'Ivoire – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Orange Côte d'Ivoire revenue – 2011 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Côte d’Ivoire

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