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The Telecommunications Market in West Africa: Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators

  • September 2014
  • 110 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2361187


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Infrastructure Development is Needed to Better Mobile and Internet Connectivity

This research service provides an analysis of the West 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 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
-In 2013, the West African region had a total telecommunications penetration rate of % with the majority of the population being connected to a mobile network (%). The fixed-line communications sector is still underdeveloped, with a penetration of %, and is only available in the main business districts within the countries in the region.
-Civil wars, poverty, government monopolies, and outdated telecommunications infrastructure are some of the inhibiting factors for parts of the region.
-The mobile sector is the most active means of communication as a result of market liberalisation and investment from major regional operators.
-West Africa is home to the some of the biggest international mobile operators, such as Orange, Millicom, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone. Other regional telecoms investors include Maroc Telecom, Sudatel MTN, and Atlantique Telecom, which is owned by Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
-The Internet market also presents huge opportunities for growth and with the entrance of international submarine cables since 2010. Changes in the market are expected to take place provided that fast bandwidth is available at affordable prices.
-Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, and Sierra Leone also present opportunities for growth for mobile communications. Meanwhile, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast have to look for new revenue streams as a result of decreasing average revenues per user (ARPUs).

Research Scope
Geographic Scope This research service focuses on the West 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.
Total Telecommunications Market: Geographic Scope, West Africa, 2013
-Burkina Faso
-Cape Verde
-Guinea Bissau
-Ivory Coast
-Sierra Leone

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