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Uganda - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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

In common with other countries in the region, mobile voice and data services have had a profound effect on Uganda's telecommunications market, particularly given the poor condition of fixed-line infrastructure. This has meant that mobile networks carry most voice traffic and account for the vast majority of internet connections. With recent investment in LTE technologies, the reach and capabilities of mobile broadband services have increased measurably. This has led to a range of social benefits, including the ability of individuals to make use of banking and a range of m-commerce services. Greater internet bandwidth through international cables has also reduced the cost of mobile backhaul, and consequently the end-user cost of such services has fallen steadily. The market remains s overcrowded, with several networks in contention, and there is room for further consolidation among operators. In recent years Bharti Airtel took over Warid Telecom and Smart Telecom entered the market, while Orange Uganda decided to exit the market, selling to Lebanon-based Africell Holding. Orange Uganda completed its rebranding as Africell in February 2015.

Competition encouraged a price war which accelerated subscriber growth but also reduced ARPU for operators, as well as quality of service. The network operators compensated by raising tariffs and have looked to mobile data to generate additional revenue streams.

Key developments:

Smile Communications launches commercial VoLTE service; Smile Communications contracts Ericsson for managed services, launches Smart Pesa m-money service; Vodafone Uganda expands LTE as part of national coverage program; Ericsson deploys its Converged Wallet platform for MTN Uganda; opportunities grow for MVNOs and tower outsourcing companies; Africell completes acquisition of Orange Uganda; LTE infrastructure expanding; SIM card registration deadline again extended; regulator reports on QoS assessments; report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2016, operator data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN Uganda (Telia), Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel), Uganda Telecom (UTL, LAP Green, Telecel, Orascom, Deutsche Telekom), Warid Telecom (Essar), Orange Uganda (HiTS Telecom), i-Tel, Simba Telecoms, Standard Chartered Bank, Monitise, American Tower Corporation (ATC), Eaton Towers, Smile Telecom, Smart Telecom, Sure Telecom, K2 Telecom, Africell (Lintel).

Table Of Contents

Uganda - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 Mobile voice
3.1.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS
3.2.2 MMS
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.2 Taxes
4.3 One Network Area
4.4 Infrastructure sharing
4.5 SIM card registration
4.6 Quality of service (QoS)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 3G, HSPA
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 GPRS and EDGE
5.2.2 EV-DO
5.2.3 Mobile satellite
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 MTN Uganda
6.1.1 Network infrastructure and services
6.1.2 MTN villagePhone project
6.2 Bharti Airtel Uganda (formerly Zain, Celtel)
6.2.1 Warid Telecom
6.2.2 Network infrastructure
6.3 Uganda Telecom (UTL)
6.4 Africell (Orange Uganda)
6.5 i-Tel
6.6 Smile Communications
6.7 Smart Telecom, Sure Telecom
6.8 Vodafone Uganda
7. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7.1 K2 Telecom
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 m-banking/money
8.1.1 MTN Mobile Money
8.1.2 Airtel Money (ZAP)
8.1.3 M-Sente (UTL)
8.1.4 Smart Telecom
8.1.5 Other services
8.2 m-TV
8.3 m-Health
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda 1996 - 2009
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda 2010 - 2017
Table 3 Mobile traffic in Uganda by traffic type 2008 - 2016
Table 4 SMS messages sent 2014 - 2016
Table 5 Mobile internet subscribers and penetration in Uganda 2009 - 2017
Table 6 Forecast mobile subscribers in Uganda 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 7 Telecommunications tax revenue in Uganda by tax type 2008 - 2016
Table 8 MTN Uganda subscribers 2000 - 2016
Table 9 MTN Uganda financial data 2013 2016
Table 10 MTN Uganda ARPU 2002 - 2016
Table 11 Bharti Uganda subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 12 Telecel mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 13 Orange Uganda mobile subscribers 2009 2014
Table 14 Mobile money agents and subscribers 2013 2016
Table 15 Mobile money transactions 2009 2016
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda 2002 - 2017
Chart 2 Mobile traffic in Uganda by traffic type 2008 - 2016
Chart 3 Telecommunications tax revenue in Uganda by tax type 2008 - 2015

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