Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Guinea’s national fibre network nears completion

Guinea’s telecommunications sector was given a tremendous boost following the market entry of MTN Group and Orange Group. During the following years the number of subscribers grew strongly while revenue also increased steadily. The mobile market by 2006 included four competing networks, and though the number of subscribers dipped slightly in 2016 this was due to the removal of dormant SIM cards among operators. The debt-stricken incumbent fixed-line operator Sotelgui operated its Lagui mobile unit before it closed down in late 2012. Sotelgui was declared bankrupt in 2013, and though there have been several announcements regarding its revival the government in late 2017 confirmed that there was no prospect of its return without a public private partnership to inject substantial cash and equip the company with skilled management. The heavily indebted fourth mobile player Intercel was obliged to close down its network in late 2018.

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, has gone some way to developing the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure. A National Backbone Network is nearing completion, connecting administrative centres across the country, though in practice almost all internet connectivity will remain via mobile infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • Orange secures ten-year mobile licence;
  • Intercel shut down by the government;
  • National fibre backbone nears completion;
  • Guinea and Mali sign agreement to abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates;
  • Mobile smartphones and apps deployed to tackle outbreaks of disease;
  • Mobile Money services gain strong customer take-up;
  • MTN signs management services contract with Huawei;
  • Cellcom Guinea launches 3G+ services;
  • Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2017, market data to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (Sotelgui), MTN (Areeba, Investcom), Orange (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

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison

  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation
  • Fixed network operator

    • Sotelgui
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
      • Telecentres
    • VoIP
    • IXP
    • International infrastructure
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
    • Broadband subscribers
    • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
    • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy

    • SchoolWeb Wi-Fi Network
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
      • Mobile data
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Roaming
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Guinea (Areeba)
      • Sotelgui (Lagui)
      • Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
      • Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
      • Cellcom Guinee
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • LTE (4G)
      • 3G
      • GPRS
      • Mobile satellite
    • Mobile content and applications
      • m-payments
      • m-health
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Guinea – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom sector revenue – 2009- 2018
  • Table 3 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2010 – 2014
  • Table 6 – International bandwidth – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 7 – Historic – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Cumulative mobile market investment by operator – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 – 2009
  • Table 12 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Prepaid and contract subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Mobile voice traffic – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile market revenue – 2012 – 2016
  • Table 16 – Mobile market revenue by operator – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 17 – Mobile market share of revenue by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 19 – Mobile coverage of main towns by operator – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 20 – SMS message sent – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Mobile internet subscribers in Guinea – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) – 2010 – 2014
  • Table 24 – Mobile internet market share by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 25 – MTN Guinea financial data – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 26 – MTN Guinea financial data 9GNF) – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 27 – MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Orange Guinea subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Orange Guinea revenue – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Intercel mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Cellcom mobile subscribers – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 32 – 3G mobile coverage of main towns by operator – 2017 – 2016
  • Table 33 – Mobile money subscriptions by operator – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 2 – West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Africa – Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents) – 2018
  • Chart 4 – West Africa –Telecoms Maturity Index by country – 2018
  • Chart 5 – West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration – 2018
  • Chart 6 – West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Mobile internet market share by operator – 2012 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Guinea
  • Exhibit 2 – Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 3 – West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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