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Namibia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • September 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 39 pages

Namibia's MTC triples mobile data speeds with launch of LTE-A technology
Although Namibia was slow to introduce competition in the mobile market, with a second operator not licensed until 2006, the market has since seen penetration rates rise to well above the regional average. A new player, Paratus Telecom, has now launched LTE services to compete with those offered by MTC. MTC and Telecom Namibia Mobile (formerly Cell One and Leo, now owned by Telecom Namibia) have entered the internet and broadband market with 3G mobile broadband services in a bid to create new revenue streams. MTC introduced LTE services in May 2012 and in mid-2016 it tripled data speeds through upgrading its network with LTE-A technology.

Fixed-line services are still a monopoly of Telecom Namibia, but as a member of the WTO the government plans to open the telecom sector to full competition.

Although Namibia's internet and broadband sector is reasonably competitive, with six ISPs active, its development was for long held back by high prices for international bandwidth caused by the lack of a direct connection to international submarine fibre optic cables. This changed in 2011 when the WACS cable landed in the country. International cable services were launched in May 2012. In parallel, Namibia is diversifying its transit access routes via adjacent countries.

The country's growth in broadband services has been helped by developments with 3G and LTE network rollouts, as well as by investments in national fibre backbone infrastructure. Several WiMAX and other wireless broadband services offer additional access options and are standing by to bring additional competition to the voice market as well, once internet telephony is deregulated.

Key developments:

MTC triples mobile data speeds with launch of LTE-A technology;
MNOs begin glide-path reduction in mobile roaming for Southern African markets; Regulator encourages mobile infrastructure sharing in bid to increase coverage nationally by 2030;
Regulator decides on leased line pricing glide path;
ACE submarine fibre optic cable upgraded;
Paratus Telecom launches LTE services.

Market penetration rates in Namibia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 7.6%
Fixed broadband | 2.3%
Mobile SIM (population) | 102%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Namibia; Mobile Telecommunications (MTC); Cell One (Leo, Orascom); Powercom; MTN Business Namibia; MWEB Namibia; Africa Online Namibia; Internet Technologies Namibia; iWay.

Table Of Contents

Namibia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authorities
5.1.1 Ministerial Communications Division
5.1.2 CRAN (formerly NCC)
5.2 Communications Act 2009
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 International gateways
5.5 Interconnection
5.6 Value-added Tax (VAT)
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
5.8 Infrastructure sharing
5.9 Universal Service
6. Fixed-network operator
6.1 Telecom Namibia
6.1.1 Switch
6.1.2 VSAT
6.1.3 Data services
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National fibre backbone networks
7.2 Next-Generation Network (NGN)
7.3 Wireless local loop (WLL)
7.4 International infrastructure
7.4.1 Submarine cables
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 White Space for internet access
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.5.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5.3 Other fixed-line broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-commerce
9.2 E-government
10. Digital media
10.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10.2 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile data
11.4 Mobile broadband
11.5 Regulatory issues
11.5.1 Licensing
11.5.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
11.6 Mobile infrastructure
11.6.1 Digital networks
11.6.2 Third generation (3G)
11.6.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11.7 Other infrastructure developments
11.7.1 GPRS/EDGE
11.7.2 HSPA
11.7.3 Satellite mobile
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 MTC
11.8.2 Telecom Namibia Mobile (Cell One, Leo)
11.8.3 Paratus Telecom
11.8.4 Mobile handsets
11.9 Mobile content and applications
11.9.1 Mobile TV
11.9.2 Mobile banking
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Namibia 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 (Jun)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 International internet bandwidth 2003 - 2015
Table 8 Internet bandwidth per subscriber 2003 - 2015
Table 9 Telecom sector revenue ($) 2007 - 2015
Table 10 Telecom sector revenue (N$) 2007 - 2015
Table 11 Total telephony revenue (N$) 2009 - 2013
Table 12 Telecom Namibia financial data 2007 - 2014
Table 13 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 14 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 15 Telecom Namibia switching capacity 2009 - 2014
Table 16 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2009
Table 17 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 18 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 19 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 20 DSL broadband subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 21 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 22 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 23 SMS messages sent 2009 - 2016
Table 24 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2017
Table 25 Mobile data subscribers (regulator data) 2009 - 2013
Table 26 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 27 Mobile Termination Rates 2008 - 2013
Table 28 MTC mobile subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 29 MTC mobile financial data 2005 - 2013
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
Exhibit 1 Map of Namibia

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