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The Telecommunications Market in Central Africa—Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators : Operators Look to Sharing of Resources to Sustain their Growth
This research service provides an analysis of the Central African telecommunications market. The areas of focus are fixed-line, mobile, and Internet communications with special interest in broadband communications. Technologies include fibre, satellite, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, 3G, ADSL, and CDMA. Each of the 8 Central African countries is analyzed on country and regional levels. This report highlights key mobile network operators and fixed-line operators in each country and assesses their strategies to compete in the telecommunications market. In addition, strategic insights on trending areas such as mobile money, mInsurance, and mCommerce services are included. A brief look into the market’s future and an analysis of the current market landscape are provided.
Countries with the highest penetration rate for developed telecommunications in Central Africa are Gabon ( %), the Republic of Congo ( %), and Equatorial Guinea ( %).
- Gabon’s high penetration rate in mobile communications is %; this is largely a result of consumers owning multiple SIMs.
- In addition, Gabon continues to retain the highest ICT Development Index (IDI) rank ( out of countries) and the highest Networked Readiness Index (NRI) rank ( out of countries) in the Central African region.
- The telecommunications markets in Central Africa are still in the growth stage and have 3 to operators in most countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), however, has operators, due to the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) benefitting from On-Net call revenue as a result of interconnectivity issues.
- Telecommunications providers are joining together to embrace the concept of ‘sharing network infrastructure,’ as this is expected to reduce capital investment costs and consequently, offer lower prices to subscribers. For instance, Camtel and MTN Cameroon signed a ten-year fibre capacity agreement to share a common transmission structure.
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