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Africa - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • December 2015
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 139 pages

Mobile investments in networks encouraging shift from 3G to LTE among consumers
Africa continues to see strong growth in mobile broadband use and data traffic, the result of several factors which are providing a beneficial environment for investment and customer take-up of services. Overall forecasts suggest that mobile internet traffic across the region will increase 20-fold by the end of the decade.

This strong growth is supported by increased internationally connectivity as consortia of operators continue to develop submarine and terrestrial cables to provide the necessary backbone infrastructure on which data and networks depend. Indeed, growth in international internet capacity to Africa has grown faster during the last few than years than in any other region globally. Capacity grew by about 40% in the year to mid-2015.

Although connectivity in northern countries dominated growth for a number of years, the focus more recently has been on Sub-Saharan regions.
Major projects include cables connecting southern Africa to Brazil and onto the US, while in August 2015 the West Africa Cable System was upgraded, delivering 5.12Tb/s capacity for connected countries along the route from South Africa to the UK.

Smartphones are rapidly becoming the dominant device of choice for new purchases, in line with the availability of LTE networks being built out by network operators. Many of these operators have an extensive international presence, encompassing a significant number of markets which facilitates the development and spread of technical expertise, m-commerce and roaming. Almost half of all smartphones shipped to Africa in 2015 retail for less than $100, while domestically manufactured units are expected to sell for considerably less into 2016. This will help spread the use of smartphones to a larger consumer base.

By 2020, about three-quarters of all mobile connections will be on 3G or LTE, and thereafter the impetus will favour LTE as operators are able to make use of spectrum released from the switch to digital TV. This process, which was expected to be have been completed by June 2015, was delayed in many markets which were unprepared, but during 2016 this digital dividend spectrum will be made available for network operators to expand the reach of LTE networks beyond the major cities. In response, operators are transitioning their networks to accommodate the shift from a market dominated by mobile voice into one in which data services and customer retention are paramount.

Mobile data revenue in Africa is expected to double by 2019, from about $11 billion 2014 to $22 billion, though mobile voice revenue also retains growth potential, with revenue expected to increase from about $50 billion in 2014 to $55 billion in 2019. Growth in voice revenue and traffic is supported by poor fixed-line networks and the focus among operators, regulators and governments alike on investing in mobile infrastructure to achieve national goals for broadband connectivity and reach.

Table Of Contents

Africa - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
1. Regional Overview
1.1 Statistics
2. Algeria
2.1 Overview of the mobile market in Algeria
2.2 Mobile data
2.2.1 SMS
2.2.2 MMS
2.3 Mobile broadband
2.3.1 GSM-R
2.3.2 Third Generation (3G)
2.3.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
3. Angola
3.1 Overview of Angola's mobile market
3.2 Mobile broadband statistics
3.3 Third generation (3G) mobile data services
3.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE/4G)
4. Benin
4.1 Overview of Benin's mobile market
4.2 Mobile broadband statistics
4.3 3G/UMTS
4.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
4.5 WiFi
4.6 SMS
4.7 MMS
5. Botswana
5.1 Overview of Botswana's mobile market
5.2 Mobile broadband
5.3 Mobile Infrastructure
5.3.1 Third generation (3G)
5.3.2 Long-term Evolution (4G)
5.3.3 SMS and MMS
6. Burkina Faso
6.1 Overview of Burkina Faso's mobile market
6.2 SMS
6.3 MMS
6.4 GPRS, EDGE
6.5 Third generation (3G)
7. Cameroon
7.1 Overview of the mobile market in Cameroon
7.1.1 GSM
7.1.2 3G
7.1.3 LTE
7.1.4 Satellite mobile
8. Chad
8.1 Overview of the mobile market in Chad
8.1.1 Third generation (3G)
8.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9. Cote d'Ivoire
9.1 Overview of Côte d'Ivoire's mobile market
9.2 SMS
9.3 MMS
9.4 GPRS/EDGE
9.5 Mobile broadband
9.6 Third generation (3G)
9.7 High-Speed packet access (HSPA)
9.8 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10. Democratic Republic of Congo
10.1 Overview of the DRC's mobile market
10.2 Mobile data services
10.2.1 Advanced High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
10.3 Mobile broadband
10.4 Third generation (3G)
10.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11. Djibouti
11.1 Overview of mobile market in Djibouti
11.2 Mobile broadband
12. Egypt
12.1 Overview of the mobile market in Egypt
12.2 Mobile data
12.3 SMS
12.4 MMS
12.5 Mobile broadband
12.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
12.7 Mobile satellite
13. Eritrea
14. Ethiopia
14.1 Overview of Ethiopia's mobile market
14.2 Mobile data
14.3 Third generation (3G)
14.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
15. Gabon
15.1 Overview of Gabon's mobile market
15.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
15.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
16. Gambia
16.1 Overview of Gambia's mobile market
16.2 Mobile data services
16.3 SMS
16.4 MMS
16.5 Mobile broadband
16.6 GPRS/EDGE
16.7 Third generation (3G)
16.8 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
17. Ghana
17.1 Overview of Ghana's mobile market
17.2 Mobile broadband/data
17.2.1 SMS
17.2.2 UMTS (3G)
17.2.3 High speed Packet Access (HSPA)
17.2.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
17.2.5 GPRS
17.2.6 EDGE
17.2.7 Satellite mobile
18. Guinea
18.1 Overview of Guinea's mobile market
18.2 Mobile data
18.3 Mobile broadband
19. Kenya
19.1 Overview of the mobile market in Kenya
19.2 SMS
19.2.1 MMS
19.3 Mobile broadband
19.4 UMTS (3G)
19.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
19.6 GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
19.7 VoIP/VoLTE
20. Lesotho
20.1 Overview of Lesotho's mobile market
20.2 Mobile data
20.3 Mobile broadband
20.4 Third generation (3G) mobile
20.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
21. Liberia
21.1 Overview of Liberia's mobile market
21.2 Mobile data services
21.3 Third generation (3G)
22. Libya
22.1 Overview of the mobile market in Libya
22.2 Mobile data services
22.3 SMS
22.4 MMS
22.5 Mobile broadband statistics
22.6 Third generation (3G)
22.7 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
22.8 GPRS/EDGE
22.9 Satellite mobile
23. Madagascar
23.1 Overview of the mobile market in Madagascar
23.2 Mobile data services
23.3 Mobile broadband statistics
23.4 Third generation (3G)
23.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
24. Malawi
24.1 Overview of Malawi's mobile market
24.2 Mobile data
24.3 Mobile broadband
24.4 Third Generation (3G)
25. Mali
25.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mali
25.2 Mobile data
25.3 Mobile broadband
26. Mauritius
26.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mauritius
26.2 Mobile data services
26.3 Mobile broadband
26.4 Third generation (3G)
26.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
27. Morocco
27.1 Overview of the mobile market in Morocco
27.2 Mobile data
27.2.1 SMS
27.2.2 MMS
27.3 Mobile broadband
27.3.1 Inwi (formerly Wana, Maroc Connect)
27.3.2 Meditel
27.3.3 Maroc Telecom
27.4 UMTS (3G)
27.5 LTE
27.6 GPRS
28. Mozambique
28.1 Overview of the mobile market in Mozambique
28.2 Mobile data
28.3 Mobile broadband
28.4 Third generation (3G)
29. Namibia
29.1 Overview of the mobile market in Namibia
29.2 SMS and MMS
29.3 Mobile broadband
29.4 Third generation (3G)
29.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
29.6 GPRS/EDGE
29.7 HSDPA
30. Nigeria
30.1 Overview of the mobile market in Nigeria
30.2 SMS
30.3 Premium-rate SMS, interactive TV (iTV)
30.4 MMS
30.5 Mobile broadband
30.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
30.7 Other infrastructure developments
30.7.1 GPRS, EDGE
30.7.2 WAP
30.7.3 CDMA2000 1x
30.7.4 VoLTE
31. Rwanda
31.1 Overview of the mobile market in Rwanda
31.2 Mobile data
31.3 Mobile broadband
31.4 Third Generation (3G)
31.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
32. Senegal
32.1 Overview of the mobile market in Senegal
32.2 SMS
32.3 MMS
32.4 Mobile broadband
32.5 Third Generation (3G)
32.6 Long-term-Evolution (LTE)
32.7 GPRS and EDGE
32.8 EV-DO
32.9 WAP
32.10 High Speed packet access (HSPA)
33. Sierra Leone
33.1 Overview of the mobile market in Sierra Leone
33.2 Mobile data services
33.3 Mobile satellite services
33.4 Third generation (3G)
34. South Africa
34.1 Overview of the mobile market in South Africa
34.2 Mobile data
34.2.1 Mobile data revenue
34.2.2 SMS
34.2.3 MMS
34.3 Mobile broadband
34.3.1 Forecast mobile broadband users 2015, 2018
34.4 3G/UMTS
34.4.1 Vodacom
34.4.2 MTN
34.4.3 Cell C
34.4.4 Telkom
34.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
34.6 WAP
34.7 GPRS
34.8 EDGE
34.9 High Sped Packet Access (HSPA)
34.10 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
34.11 M2M networks
35. South Sudan
35.1 Overview of South Sudan's mobile market
35.2 Mobile data
35.2.1 SMS and MMS
35.2.2 GPRS and EDGE
35.3 Mobile broadband
35.4 Third generation (3G)
35.5 LTE (4G)
36. Sudan
36.1 Overview of the mobile market in Sudan
36.2 Third generation (3G)
36.3 GPRS and EDGE
36.4 HSPA
36.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
36.6 SMS and MMS
36.7 Mobile broadband
37. Swaziland
37.1 Overview of the mobile market in Swaziland
37.2 Mobile broadband
37.3 Third Generation (3G)
37.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
38. Tanzania
38.1 Overview of the mobile market in Tanzania
38.2 Mobile data services
38.3 Mobile broadband statistics
38.4 Third generation (3G)
38.5 Long-term Evolution) (LTE)
39. Tunisia
39.1 Overview of the mobile market in Tunisia
39.2 Mobile data
39.3 SMS, MMS
39.4 Mobile broadband
39.5 Third Generation (3G)
39.6 Long-term Evolution (4G/LTE)
39.7 GPRS, EDGE, WAP, Blackberry
39.8 Satellite mobile
40. Uganda
40.1 Overview of the mobile market in Uganda
40.2 SMS
40.3 MMS
40.4 Mobile broadband
40.5 3G, HSPA
40.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
40.7 GPRS and EDGE
40.8 EV-DO
40.9 Mobile satellite
41. Zambia
41.1 Overview of the mobile market in Zambia
41.2 Mobile data
41.3 Mobile broadband
41.4 Third generation (3G)
41.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
41.6 Satellite mobile
42. Zimbabwe
42.1 Overview of the mobile market in Zimbabwe
42.2 Mobile data services
42.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
42.3 Mobile broadband statistics
Table 1 Africa - active mobile broadband subscribers in selected countries 2011 - 2015
Table 2 Africa - active mobile broadband penetration in selected countries 2011 - 2015
Table 3 Algeria - 3G subscribers by operator 2013 - 2014
Table 4 Angola - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009- 2015
Table 5 Angola - Unitel 3G broadband pricing 2015
Table 6 Benin - Mobile internet subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 7 Benin - Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 8 Botswana - Mobile internet subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 9 Côte d'Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 10 Côte d'Ivoire - 3G subscribers by operator 2014 - 2015
Table 11 DRC - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 12 Djibouti - Mobile broadband subscribers in Djibouti 2013 - 2015
Table 13 Egypt - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 14 Egypt - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 15 Ethiopia - Ethio Telecom 3G pricing January 2015
Table 16 Gambia - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 17 Africell Gambia 3G mobile broadband pricing 2014
Table 18 Ghana - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 19 Ghana - Total mobile broadband subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 20 Guinea - SMS traffic 2012 - 2014
Table 21 Guinea - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 22 Kenya - SMS traffic 2012 - 2015
Table 23 Kenya - MMS traffic 2012 - 2015
Table 24 Kenya - Mobile internet subscribers by provider 2013 - 2015
Table 25 Kenya - Mobile internet market share by provider 2014 - 2015
Table 26 Kenya - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 27 Lesotho - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2015
Table 28 Liberia - SMS traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 29 Libya - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 30 Madagascar - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 31 Malawi - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 32 Mali - Mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 33 Orange Mali mobile data pricing 2015
Table 34 Mauritius - SMS traffic 2006 - 2014
Table 35 Mauritius - Orange mobile data/3G broadband post-paid pricing 2011 - 2014
Table 36 Morocco - SMS traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 37 Morocco - SMS termination rate 2012 - 2013
Table 38 Morocco - 3G mobile internet connections 2011 - 2015
Table 39 Morocco - Market share of internet subscribers by ISP 2012 - 2015
Table 40 Mozambique - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 41 Mozambique - mCel 3G prepaid pricing 2015
Table 42 Namibia - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 43 Namibia - Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 44 Nigeria - Mobile internet subscribers by operator (GSM) 2012 - 2015
Table 45 Nigeria - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 46 Visafone Nigeria CDMA-2000 1x and EV-DO pricing 2015
Table 47 Nigeria CDMA subscribers 2014 - 2015
Table 48 Rwanda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2014
Table 49 Rwanda - Mobile broadband market share by operator 2014
Table 50 Rwanda - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2014
Table 51 Senegal - Mobile broadband (2G/3G) subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 52 Senegal - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 53 Senegal - Market share of 2G/3G internet subscribers by operator 2012 - 2015
Table 54 Sierra Leone - Airtel 3G mobile broadband pricing 2012
Table 55 Vodacom SMS traffic 2012 - 2014
Table 56 South Africa - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 57 South Africa - Forecast mobile broadband users 2015; 2018
Table 58 Vodacom South Africa broadband subscribers 2006 - 2012
Table 59 Vodacom South Africa M2M connections 2011 - 2015
Table 60 South Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 61 Sudani mobile internet pricing Dec 2013
Table 62 Sudan - SMS traffic 2010 - 2014
Table 63 Sudan - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 64 Swaziland - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 65 Swazi MTN 3G mobile broadband pricing 2015
Table 66 Tanzania - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2008 - 2014
Table 67 Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers (3G with key) 2010 - 2015
Table 68 Tunisia - Active mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 69 Tunisia - Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 70 Tunisia - Mobile broadband subscribers (3G) and penetration 2013 - 2015
Table 71 Uganda - SMS messages sent 2009 - 2015
Table 72 Uganda - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2016
Table 73 Uganda - Africell 3G/HSPA mobile broadband pricing 2015
Table 74 Zambia - Mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 75 Zambia - Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 76 Zimbabwe - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
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