Mozambique - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Mozambique mobile market retaining millions of unregistered SIM

Although delayed by the long civil war which ended in 1992, Mozambique was one of the first countries in the region to embark upon telecom reform. As a result, some parts of the sector have seen the introduction of measures which have promoted competition, and which promote access to infrastructure. The mobile segment in particular has shown strong growth since the introduction of competition in 2003 between Vodacom Mozambique and mCel, the incumbent mobile subsidiary of the national telco Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TdM). Mobile penetration remains far below the average for the region, and given that the country has relatively low fixed-line penetration there is considerable room for further growth in coming years. This has been stimulated by the launch of commercial services from the third operator Movitel, which is backed by Vietnam’s Viettel.

In recent years the government has drafted legislation aimed at enforcing the registration of SIM cards (with mixed results, though progress was made during 2016) as also the sharing of network infrastructure. These measures are aimed at improving security (in relation to SIM card registration), reducing operational and investment costs, and enabling players to provide converged voice, data and TV services over single networks.

The poor fixed-line infrastructure has largely held back the market for fixed-line internet services, and as a result mobile internet accounts for most connections. The high cost of international bandwidth had long hampered internet use, given the relatively high cost of access, though the landing of two international submarine cables (SEACOM and EASSy) has reduced the cost of bandwidth and so led to drastic reductions in broadband retail prices.

There is some cross-platform competition, with DSL, cable broadband, WiMAX, 3G and limited fibre broadband available. Further improvements can be expected from the ongoing rollout of a national fibre backbone networks by TdM and the mobile operators.

Key developments:

Incumbent telco MdT contracts Intelsat for satellite broadband and backhaul services; regulator seeks consultants on interconnection tariffs; draft legislation submitted to encourage network sharing; government suggests that struggling telcos MdT and mCel be merged; millions of SIM cards still unregistered after deadline; regulator secures spectrum monitoring equipment; Movitel’s investment strategy leading to rapid subscriber gains; Liquid Sea and Africa-1 submarine cable systems to improve bandwidth into 2018; additional DTTV transmitters installed; Mozambique joins the Alliance for Affordable Internet, aiming to provide broadband at less than 5% of average monthly income; Mobile Termination Rates reduced by 20%; fibre optic backbone network rollouts; Vodacom signs deal with Electricidade de Mocambique to market pre-paid top-up cards for electricity via the M-Pesa service; report update includes operator data updates to Q2 2016, ITU market data updates, recent market developments.

Estimated market penetration rates in Mozambique’s telecoms sector – 2016 (e)

Market Penetration rate
Fixed-line telephony 0.3%
Internet users 6.4%
Mobile SIM (population) 77%

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecomunicações De Moçambique (TdM); Vodacom Mozambique; mCel (TdM); Movitel (Viettel); Teledata (TdM); TV Cabo; Intra; Tropical Web, SEACOM.

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 1992
    • 5.2 Basic Telecommunications Law 2004
    • 5.3 Amended Telecommunications Law 2016
    • 5.4 Regulatory authority
    • 5.5 National Commission on Information
    • 5.6 Telecom sector liberalisation
    • 5.7 Privatisation
    • 5.8 Interconnection
    • 5.9 Universal service
    • 5.10 Quality of service
    • 5.11 Network sharing
    • 5.12 Spectrum monitoring
    • 5.13 SIM card registration
  • 6. Fixed network operator
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 National fibre backbone
    • 7.3 Data centres
    • 7.4 International infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Satellite
      • 7.4.2 Terrestrial microwave and fibre
      • 7.4.3 Submarine fibre
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.3 Public internet access locations
    • 8.4 Mozambique Internet Exchange Point (MOZ-IX)
    • 8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.5.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 8.5.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.5.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.5.4 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • 9. Digital economy
    • 9.1 E-government
    • 9.2 e-learning
  • 10. Digital media
  • 11. Mobile market
    • 11.1 Market analysis
    • 11.2 Mobile statistics
      • 11.2.1 General statistics
    • 11.3 Mobile broadband
    • 11.4 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 11.5 Regulatory issues
      • 11.5.1 Third mobile licence
      • 11.5.2 Spectrum auction
      • 11.5.3 Roaming
    • 11.6 Mobile infrastructure
      • 11.6.1 Digital networks
      • 11.6.2 Other infrastructure developments
    • 11.7 Major mobile operators
      • 11.7.1 mCel
      • 11.7.2 Vodacom Mozambique
      • 11.7.3 Movitel
    • 11.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 11.8.1 m-money
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – Mozambique – 2016 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2016
  • Table 4 – Internet and social media user statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – historic - TdM financial results – 2006 - 2011
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – International bandwidth – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 11 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 12 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 14 – NetCabo cable broadband pricing – 2016
  • Table 15 – DSL broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 16 – TdM ADSL pricing – 2016
  • Table 17 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Forecast – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 21 – Mobile base stations by operator – 2015
  • Table 22 – mCel mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Historical - Vodacom Mozambique financial results – 2007 - 2010
  • Table 24 – Vodacom Mozambique subscribers – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Vodacom Mozambique data subscribers – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Vodacom Mozambique ARPU – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 27 – Movitel mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2017

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