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Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • October 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 31 pages

Mali and Guinea abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates
Mali has a challenging geography for the provision of telecommunication services, with large tracks of the country being sparsely populated desert. Many settlements are hard to reach, making them difficult and expensive to service with effective backhaul infrastructure.
Compounding these difficulties is the fact that underinvestment in fixed-line networks has meant that telecom infrastructure is barely adequate to serve consumer needs in most towns, and is barely present in large areas of the country. In addition, a combination of poverty, high illiteracy and low PC use has led to a very low take-up of fixed-line internet services. In common with many other countries in the region, Mali has taken to mobile networks for voice and data services.

Orange Mali was extremely successful when it entered the market as the second mobile and fixed-line operator in 2003. The company quickly amassed more than 80% market share, offering converged fixed, mobile and broadband Internet services.
The national telco, Sotelma, with its mobile subsidiary Malitel was privatised in 2009 when a 51% stake was sold to Maroc Telecom. The fresh capital and management has enabled the incumbent to compete much more aggressively and regain market share.

A third mobile operator was licensed in 2012, but the joint venture was put in limbo after the local partner defaulted on its share of the licence fee. Building for the network was only begun in 2014. Mobile penetration in the country is relatively high, and given the sparse nature of the fixed-line infrastructure there is high enormous potential in the development of mobile broadband services. Nevertheless, Mali's landlocked location makes it dependent on neighbouring countries for international fibre bandwidth, which has kept prices high. Improvements in this sector can be expected from the recent arrival of several new competitive international submarine fibre optic cables in the region.

Key developments:

Guinea and Mali sign agreement to abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates;
Work starts on 4,500km terrestrial Trans-Saharan Backbone network;
Vodafone Wholesale completes its second fibre-optic network connecting Ghana to Mali and Niger;
Orange Mali and Ecobank develop m-banking service;
Sonatel begins project to upgrade its network infrastructure;
Operators sell cell towers infrastructure;
Third mobile licence awarded to Alpha Telecom but operator is slow to deploy services;
Mobile penetration approaches 143%;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2014, telcos' operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Mali's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 1.1%
Internet users | 12.2%
Mobile SIM (population) | 143%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Société des Télécommunications du Mali (Sotelma, Maroc Telecom, Vivendi), Orange Mali (Ikatel, Orange Group), Monaco Telecom, Planor Afrique, Afribone, CEFIB, Datatech.

Table Of Contents

Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation
5.5 Interconnection
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Sotelma
6.1.1 Services
6.1.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000 1x EV-DO
6.2 Orange Mali
7. International infrastructure
7.1 Terrestrial/submarine fibre
7.2 Satellite
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Broadband statistics
8.2 Internet cafes
8.3 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs)
8.4 The Cybertigi project
8.5 SchoolNet
8.6 One Laptop per Child (OLPC)
8.7 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.7.1 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-health
9.2 tele-education
10. Digital media
10.1 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.3 Mobile data
11.3.1 SMS
11.4 Mobile broadband
11.5 Regulatory issues
11.5.1 Third mobile licence
11.5.2 Fourth mobile licence options
11.5.3 SIM card registration
11.5.4 Roaming
11.6 Mobile infrastructure
11.7 Major mobile operators
11.7.1 Malitel
11.7.2 Orange Mali (formerly Ikatel)
11.7.3 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.8 Mobile content and applications
11.8.1 m-payments and m-banking
12. Related reports


List of Tables

Table 1 Country statistics Mali 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Telcom market investments 2005 - 2014
Table 7 Telcom market investments by operator 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Telcom market revenue by sector 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Sotelma revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 10 Orange Mali fixed-line statistics 2005 - 2014
Table 11 Sotelma fixed-line statistics 2005 - 2014
Table 12 Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali 1999 - 2009
Table 13 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali 2010 - 2017
Table 14 International bandwidth 2001 - 2015
Table 15 Internet bandwidth by operator 2006 - 2014
Table 16 Orange Mali broadband fixed-internet subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 17 Historic - Sotelma internet subscribers 2008 - 2012
Table 18 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mali 1999 - 2009
Table 19 Internet users and penetration rate in Mali 2010 - 2017
Table 20 Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 21 Internet subscribers by type 2011 - 2014
Table 22 DSL subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 23 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali 2000 - 2009
Table 24 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali 2010 - 2017
Table 25 Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 26 SMS traffic 2006 - 2017
Table 27 Mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 28 Orange Mali mobile data pricing 2016
Table 29 Malitel mobile subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 30 Orange Mali mobile subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 31 Orange Mali revenue () 2007 - 2016
Table 32 Orange Mali revenue (XOF) 2005 - 2014
Table 33 Orange Mali ARPU () 2005 - 2016


List of Charts

Chart 1 Telcom market revenue by sector 2005 2014
Chart 2 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali 2005 2017
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate in Mali 2005 2017
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali 2005 - 2017


List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1 Map of Mali

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