Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive Summary

Mauritania’s network operators still failing consumers on service quality

Mauritania’s small population and low economic output has limited the country’s ability to develop growth. There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment. The telecom sector similarly faces a number of hurdles, though efforts continue to be made to address them, with financial support from the government as well as the World Bank and European Investment Bank. These efforts have been focussed on implementing appropriate regulatory measures and promoting the further penetration of fixed-line broadband services by improving the national backbone network, ensuring connectivity to international telecom cables, and facilitating operator access to infrastructure.

Despite these efforts, Mauritel maintains a virtual monopoly in the fixed-line sector, and there is little stimulus for new market entrants. Penetration of fixed telephony and broadband penetration is very low, and is expected to remain so in coming years. Most voice and data services are carried over the mobile networks maintained by Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel. Population penetration of 3G is relatively high, though as yet there are few developments in LTE and as a consequence mobile broadband access speeds are low, placing a break on the potential for mobile commerce and related applications. The regulator still struggles to enforce good quality of service among these operators, despite fines being imposed. This represents a significant challenge, given the importance of mobile networks for basic telecom services.

Key developments:

  • Some 1,600km of new fibre backbone network laid as part of a WARCIP funded project;
  • Regulator issues tender for new-entrant mobile services operator;
  • Mauritania expected to join regional free roaming initiative by end-2018;
  • MNOs fined for SIM card registration failings and poor QoS;
  • Poor Quality of Service remaining an issue for consumers;
  • Mattel secures satellite backhaul connectivity for remote areas;
  • Report update includes ITU data for 2017, operator data for Q3 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Mauritel, Mattel, Chinguitel, Sudatel, Expresso Telecom, Tunisie Telecom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Telecommunications Law 1999
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Universal Service
    • 5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.5 Privatisation
    • 5.6 Quality of Service (QoS)
    • 5.7 SIM card registration
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Mauritel
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Statistical overview
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General Statistics
      • 9.2.2 Roaming
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
  • 10. Regulatory issues
    • 10.1 Spectrum auctions
    • 10.2 Major mobile operators
      • 10.2.1 Mauritel Mobiles
      • 10.2.2 Mattel
      • 10.2.3 Chinguitel
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mauritania – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom market revenue ($) - 2005-2012
  • Table 3 – Mobile and fixed-line market revenue (MRO) – 2009 - 2013
  • Table 4 – Mobile and fixed voice traffic – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Mauritel fixed line subscribers – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 6 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000-2009
  • Table 7 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 8 – International bandwidth – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 10 – Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania – 2010 - 2022
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Mauritania – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Mauritel fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009- 2018
  • Table 16 – Mauritel Mobiles mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Mattel mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Chinguitel mobile subscribers – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania – 2005 – 2022
  • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Chart 4 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009- 2018

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