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

  • May 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 27 pages

Ghana has one of the most vibrant mobile markets in Africa. The first cellular mobile network was launched in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992. There are currently six competing operators, including the regional heavyweights MTN, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). The entry of Nigeria's Globacom as the sixth player in 2012 delivered further competition to the mix. Although subscriber growth has been strong, particularly in 2015, competition has resulted in lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) and consequently operators have been stagnant revenue growth. While the voice market is saturated, there is enormous potential in mobile broadband services, both in terms of subscriber additions and in mobile data ARPU. Mobile broadband already accounts for the vast majority of internet connections in the country.


Key developments:
Government re-imposes mobile phone tax; Afriwave Telecom licensed to operate as an Interconnect Clearing House for mobile calls; Airtel Ghana partners with Verifone Mobile Money to launch NFC-enabled devices; National Information Technology Agency sets up a mobile TV service; MTN Ghana secures one of two blocks of spectrum in the 800MHz band, sets to launch LTE services by mid-2016; Vodafone Ghana launches M-PESA service; Tigo Ghana continues tower expansion program; strong increase in mobile number portings; Surfline Communications launches LTE services; Thuraya to provide mobile satellite services for Airtel Ghana; ATC Tower and Helios join the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications; Blu Telecoms launches LTE services; regulator's fines on MNOs for QoS issues stimulate additional investments; 3G mobile broadband services representing majority of internet connections; Ericsson supporting Millennium Villages project in rural areas; report update includes the regulator's market data to January 2016, telcos' operating data to Q1 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
MTN Ghana; Vodafone (Ghana Telecom; OneTouch); Millicom Ghana (Tigo); Expresso Telecom (Sudatel, Kasapa); Globacom (Glo Mobile); Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel); Thuraya.

Table Of Contents

Ghana - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile broadband/data
3.2.1 SMS
3.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.2 Spectrum
4.3 Roaming
4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.6 Network sharing
4.7 Tariffs
4.8 Taxation
4.9 Registration of subscriber details
4.10 Billing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM
5.2.2 UMTS (3G)
5.2.3 High speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 GPRS
5.3.2 EDGE
6. Satellite mobile
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Vodafone (Ghana Telecom, OneTouch)
7.1.1 Network development and coverage
7.1.2 Services
7.2 MTN Ghana (formerly ScanCom, Spacefon Areeba)
7.2.1 Network development and coverage
7.2.2 Services
7.3 Tigo (Millicom Ghana, Mobitel)
7.4 Expresso
7.5 Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel)
7.6 Glo Mobile
7.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7.8 M2M
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 M-banking
8.2 Mobile video streaming
8.3 M-health
8.4 M-TV
9. Mobile handsets
10. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 2 Total mobile voice subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011 - 2016
Table 4 Mobile voice subscriber market share by operator 2011 - 2016
Table 5 Overview of mobile network launch dates
Table 6 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 7 Mobile broadband subscriber share by operator 2015 - 2016
Table 8 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2016
Table 9 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 10 Cumulative mobile number portings 2011 - 2015
Table 11 Vodafone Ghana subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 12 MTN Ghana financial data 2011 - 2015
Table 13 MTN Ghana mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2012 - 2016
Table 14 MTN Ghana ARPU 2002 2016
Table 15 Tigo Ghana mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2013 - 2015
Table 16 Tigo Ghana mobile subscribers (company data) 2010 - 2016
Table 17 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 18 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 19 Glo Mobile subscribers 2013 - 2016
Chart 1 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011 2016
Chart 2 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 SMS as a weapon against drug counterfeiting

Companies Mentioned
MTN Ghana, Vodafone (Ghana Telecom, OneTouch), Millicom Ghana (Tigo), Expresso Telecom (Sudatel, Kasapa), Globacom (Glo Mobile), Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel), Thuraya.

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