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The Telecommunication Market in East Africa: Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators

  • August 2014
  • -
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • -
  • 91 pages

Summary

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International Submarine Cables to Increase Telecommunications Reach

This research service provides an analysis of the East African telecommunications market. It focuses on providing data for fixed, mobile, and Internet subscribers and the respective penetration rates for each country within the region. A discussion of emerging market trends is provided, highlighting the entrance of the international submarine cables and a giving brief socio-economic analysis. In addition, the mobile network operators present in each country are provided, along with their market shares. The research also offers conclusions.

Key Findings
-The most-developed telecommunications markets by penetration rates in East Africa are Kenya ( %), North Sudan ( %), and Tanzania ( %).
-Land-locked countries such as Rwanda and Uganda have shown that geographical location is not a deterrence to telecommunications development. Although these countries are small in area size, investments in international fibre connections has reduced satellite costs and opened a platform for ICT integration with other verticals such as education and healthcare services.
-Socio-economic and political issues, along with government monopolies of the telecommunications markets in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Comoros, have led to low and underdeveloped communications markets in these countries.
-The overall communications penetration is over % in the Seychelles ( %). However, this the result of the robust tourism industry, where mobile SIM cards are bought for short-term use.
-Nevertheless, Seychelles has the highest ICT Development Index (IDI) in Africa, ranked 64th out of countries globally, followed by Mauritius and South Africa, which ranked second and third in Africa, respectively.

Geographic Scope
This research service focuses on the East African telecommunications market and covers the following countries: Service Scope The focus of this research service will be on telecommunications service providers (SPs), which are segmented into the following:
-Fixed-line operators
-Mobile operators
-Internet service providers Technology Scope This research service outlines the range of broadband technologies currently deployed and planned in these markets. Technologies include fibre, satellite, WiMax, Wi-Fi, 3G, ADSL, and CDMA.

Research Scope
-Burundi
-Comoros
-Djibouti
-Eritrea
-Ethiopia
-Kenya
-Rwanda
-Seychelles
-Somalia
-Sudan
-Uganda
-Tanzania
-Republic of Sudan

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