Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Guinea prepares to abolish international roaming charges

Guinea’s telecommunications sector showed triple-digit growth for the three year following the entry of two international operators, MTN Group and Orange Group. The mobile market now has four competing networks, and though growth slowed in 2015 this was largely due to the rationalisation of dormant SIM cards among operators. The other competitors are Intercel and Cellcom. The debt-stricken incumbent fixed-line operator Sotelgui operated its Lagui mobile unit before it closed down in late 2012.

Following the exit of Telekom Malaysia in 2008, Sotelgui has being prepared for renewed privatisation, creating an attractive opportunity for a strategic investor. Despite the rapid growth in the mobile sector, penetration remains below the African average, while the country’s fixed-line and internet markets are virtually untapped.

Broadband services are still very limited and expensive. The landing of the first international fibre optic submarine cable in 2012, and the setting up of an IXP in mid-2013, will go far to help the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure.

The country slipped into a mild recession in 2009, but stable GDP growth of around 5% per year is expected from 2014, possibly reaching up to 20% in 2015 and 2016.

Key developments:

  • Guinea and Mali sign agreement to abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates;
  • Mobile smartphones and apps deployed to tackle Ebola;
  • Mobile Money services launched;
  • Strong growth in SMS traffic;
  • MTN signs management services contract with Huawei;
  • Cellcom Guinea launches 3G+ services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to H1 2016, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Guinea’s telecoms sector – 2016 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 0.1%%
Internet users 1.8%
Mobile SIM (population) 95.8%%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (Sotelgui), MTN (Areeba, Investcom), Orange (France Telecom, Spacetel), Intercel (Télécel Guinea), Cellcom Guinee, MiriNet (Afribone), ETI, Universal Communication (DiscoveryTel), Ristel, Afripa Telecom, Alternet Systems, Broad Telecom, Soguicis, Thucatel, Telekom Malaysia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Privatisation
  • 6. Fixed network operator
    • 6.1 Sotelgui
      • 6.1.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Public payphones
      • 7.1.2 Telecentres
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband subscribers
    • 8.3 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
    • 8.4 Satellite broadband
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 SchoolWeb Wi-Fi Network
    • 9.2 VoIP telephony
  • 10. Mobile market
    • 10.1 Market analysis
    • 10.2 Mobile statistics
      • 10.2.1 General statistics
      • 10.2.2 Mobile data
      • 10.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 10.3 Regulatory issues
      • 10.3.1 Roaming
    • 10.4 Major mobile operators
      • 10.4.1 MTN Guinea (Areeba)
      • 10.4.2 Sotelgui (Lagui)
      • 10.4.3 Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
      • 10.4.4 Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
      • 10.4.5 Cellcom Guinee
    • 10.5 Mobile infrastructure
        • 10.5.1 Other infrastructure developments
      • 10.6 Mobile content and applications
        • 10.6.1 m-payments
        • 10.6.2 m-health
    • 11. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Country statistics – Guinea – 2016 (e)
    • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
    • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
    • Table 6 – Telecom sector revenue – 2010- 2016
    • Table 7 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 8 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 9 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 10 – International bandwidth – 2006 - 2015
    • Table 11 – Historic – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 12 – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 13 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 14 – Mobile market revenue – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 15 – Mobile market investment by operator – 2010 - 2015
    • Table 16 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
    • Table 17 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 18 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Mobile market revenue – 2009; 2012 - 2016
    • Table 20 – Mobile voice traffic – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 21 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 22 – Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 23 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 24 – Mobile coverage of main towns by operator – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 25 – SMS message sent – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 26 – Active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 27 – Mobile internet subscribers in Guinea by operator – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 28 – Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) – 2010 - 2014
    • Table 29 – Mobile internet market share by operator – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 30 – MTN Guinea financial data – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 31 – MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU – 2006 - 2015
    • Table 32 – Orange Guinea subscribers – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 33 – Orange Guinea revenue – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 34 – 3G localities covered by operator – 2014 - 2015
    • Chart 1 – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017
    • Chart 3 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2016
    • Exhibit 1 – Map of Guinea

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