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Zambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • November 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 43 pages

Vodafone Zambia launches LTE services to compete with the MNOs
Zambia is a landlocked country which has recently gained access to international submarine fibre optic cables. This has led to some significant retail price reductions for broadband services, and facilitated domestic fibre builds. Third Generation (3G) mobile broadband services have been launched and national fibre networks are being rolled out by four different companies. The first commercial LTE network launches have been undertaken, which has dramatically increased the number of mobile broadband subscribers in the country. Several ISPs have also rolled out WiMAX wireless broadband networks. These developments are set to increase overall broadband penetration significantly in coming years.
Although the mobile voice market is approaching saturation, the government is reviving old plans to issue a fourth mobile licence. The country's telecoms regulator has launched legal action against the existing mobile networks because of poor quality of service (QoS).

Key developments:

Zamtel launches LTE service in the Copperbelt Province as part of the Universal Access Service;
Vodafone Zambia launches LTE service;
iWayAfrica Zambia adds FttP services to its VSAT offerings;
Government contracts Huawei for second phase of 500 tower rural mobile infrastructure project;
Liquid Telecom extends FttP services;
IMF presses government to sell its stake in Zamtel;
Western Fibre Route cable connecting Malawi to Zambia;
Airtel commits an additional $142 million for network expansion and upgrades;
Mobile subscriber base falls as unregistered SIM cards are removed from operators' services;
Rural base stations come online as part of government project to extend mobile and ICT services to rural areas;
Report update includes the regulator's market updates to June 2016, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Zambia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 0.7%
Internet users | 18%
Mobile SIM (population) | 78%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel, LapGreen); MTN Zambia; Bharti Airtel; Cell Z (Zamtel); ZamNet; Coppernet Solutions; UUNet Zambia; Microlink Technologies; AfriConnect; Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO); Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC); Comium.

Table Of Contents

Zambia - 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 Telecommunications Act 1994
5.2 ICT Policy 2007
5.3 New ICT Act 2009
5.4 Regulatory authority
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5.1 International gateways
5.6 Licensing
5.6.1 New unified licensing regime 2009
5.7 Universal Access Fund
5.8 Infrastructure sharing
5.9 Privatisation
5.10 Quality of Service (QoS)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Zamtel
6.1.1 CDMA2000 wireless local loop (WLL)
6.1.2 Domestic satellite network
6.2 ZESCO
6.3 CEC Liquid Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1.1 National backbone networks
7.1.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.2 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2.1 Market analysis
8.2.2 Broadband statistics
8.2.3 Public internet access locations
8.2.4 Community telecentres
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.3.3 Leased lines
8.3.4 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-health
9.2 E-learning
9.3 E-government
10. Digital media
10.1 Digital TV developments
10.2 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile data
11.3.1 SMS
11.4 Mobile broadband
11.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
11.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
11.6 Regulatory issues
11.6.1 SIM card registration
11.6.2 Spectrum auction
11.6.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
11.7 Mobile infrastructure
11.7.1 Digital networks
11.7.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain/Celtel, Zamcell)
11.8.2 MTN Zambia (formerly Telecel)
11.8.3 Zamtel Mobile (formerly Cell Z)
11.8.4 Vodafone Zambia
11.9 Mobile content and applications
11.9.1 M-commerce
11.9.2 M-payment and m-banking
11.10 Mobile handsets
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Zambia 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995 - 2009
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2017
Table 9 International bandwidth 2000 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2017
Table 11 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 - 2017
Table 12 Internet users 2000 - 2017
Table 13 DSL subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 14 Zamtel residential DSL pricing 2016
Table 15 Mobile ARPU 2012 - 2016
Table 16 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 17 Mobile subscribers (active) and penetration rate 2010 - 2017
Table 18 Registered mobile SIM cards 2012 - 2016
Table 19 Mobile market revenue 2011 - 2016
Table 20 SMS messages sent 2011 - 2016
Table 21 Mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 22 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 23 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 24 Voice interconnection rates for operators 2013 - 2016
Table 25 SMS interconnection rates for operators 2013 - 2016
Table 26 MTN Zambia financial data 2012 - 2016
Table 27 MTN Zambia subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 28 MTN Zambia mobile ARPU 2013 - 2016
Table 29 Zamtel mobile revenue 2012 2013
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2017
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Map of Zambia
Exhibit 2 Vodacom in and out and back in Zambia

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