Telecom services in Madagascar have benefited from intensifying competition between the main operators, including Orange Madagascar, Airtel, and the incumbent telco Telma.
There have been positive developments with the country’s link to international submarine cables, particularly the METISS cable connecting to South Africa and Mauritius. In addition, the country’s connection to the Africa-1 cable, expected in late 2023, will provide it with links to Kenya, Djibouti, countries in north and south Africa, as well Pakistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and France.
A national fibre backbone has been implemented connecting the major cities. Telma has progressively expanded the network to reach smaller towns. In addition, the government has progressed with its five-year plan to develop a digital platform running to 2024. Various schemes within the program have been managed by a unit within the President’s office.
Penetration rates in all market sectors remain below the average for the African region, and so there remains considerable growth potential. However, much progress was made in 2020, stimulated by the particular conditions related to the pandemic, which encouraged greater use of voice and data services.
Telecom Malagasy (Telma), Airtel Madagascar (Zain, Celtel), Orange Madagascar, Madamobil, Gulfsat Madagascar (Blueline), Datacom, Data Telecom Services (DTS, Moov)
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