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Democratic Republic of Congo - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses 2016

  • ID: 3774256
  • June 2016
  • Region: Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo
  • 34 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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The Global Economic Crisis Reduced GDP Growth to Around 3% in 2009, But It Has Returned to Above 8%

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Following a 30-year dictatorship between 1967 and 1997, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) has suffered from several wars and considerable social upheaval. There remain violent conflicts in the eastern part of the country, exacerbated by considerable corruption within the government as well as by ethnic tensions resulting from disputes among and within bordering countries which have spilled over in the DRC itself. These circumstances have made it difficult for the government to extend its control effectively in these regions.

The economy is heavily dependent on revenue from the mining sector though much economic activity occurs informally and is not reflected in GDP data. The global economic crisis reduced GDP growth to around 3% in 2009, but it has returned to above 8%. It is expected to remain stable at that level for the next two to three years, largely supported by mining, though the accuracy of monitored economic growth is questionable.

Key developments:

- Orange Group completes acquisition of Tigo DRC;
- Smile Communications planning LTE launch later in 2016;
- MoU signed between Telecom Congo and SCPT to establish a fibre link between READ MORE >

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Competition in the telecom sector
5.3 Interconnection
5.3.1 Privatisation
5.4 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.5 SCPT (formerly OCPT)
5.6 National backbone
5.7 Tatem Telecom
5.8 Other operators
5.9 International infrastructure
5.9.1 Satellite
5.9.2 Submarine fibre
5.9.3 Terrestrial fibre
5.9.4 The Central African Backbone (CAB)

6. Fixed-line broadband market
6.1 Broadband statistics
6.2 ISP market
6.2.1 Africanus.net
6.2.2 InterConnect, Vodanet
6.2.3 Microcom
6.2.4 Cielux Telecom
6.2.5 Global Broadband Solution (GBS)
6.2.6 Other ISPs
6.3 Internet cafes
6.4 Internet exchange points (IXP)
6.5 Wi-Fi
6.6 Internet satellite

7. Mobile market
7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile data services
7.3 Mobile broadband
7.4 Regulatory issues
7.4.1 Licence conditions, fees and taxes
7.4.2 Quality of service (QoS)
7.4.3 SIM card registration
7.5 Mobile infrastructure
7.5.1 Third generation (3G)
7.5.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
7.5.3 Other infrastructure developments
7.6 Major mobile operators
7.6.1 Vodacom Congo
7.6.2 Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain, Celtel)
7.6.3 Tigo (Millicom, Oasis)
7.6.4 Orange (CCT)
7.6.5 Africell
7.7 Mobile content and applications
7.7.1 Mobile banking

8. Related reports

Table 1 - Country statistics Democratic Republic of Congo - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2015
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telecom sector revenue - 2010 - 2015
Table 8 - Historic - Fixed telephone lines and teledensity in the DRC - 1999 - 2009
Table 9 - Fixed telephone lines and teledensity in the DRC - 2010 - 2016
Table 10 - International bandwidth - 2005 - 2014
Table 11 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in the DRC - 1999 - 2009
Table 12 - Internet users and penetration rate in the DRC - 2010 - 2016
Table 13 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in the DRC - 1999 - 2009
Table 14 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in the DRC - 2010 - 2016
Table 15 - Major mobile operator launch dates in the DRC
Table 16 - Major mobile operator market share - Mar 2016
Table 17 - Active mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 18 - Vodacom Congo subscribers - 2002 - 2015
Table 19 - Vodacom Congo data subscribers - 2013 - 2015
Table 20 - Vodacom Congo ARPU - 2003 - 2015
Table 21 - Vodacom Congo ARPU (ZAR) - 2012 - 2015
Table 22 - Tigo subscribers - 2010 - 2015
Table 23 - Orange DRC subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 24 - Orange DRC revenue - 2013 - 2016

Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate in the DRC - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016

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Largely due to the country’s troubled history, the national telecom system remains one of the least developed in the region. The national operator, SCPT, theoretically has monopoly rights under 1970 legislation. However, recognising the need for telecommunications infrastructure, the government is only loosely regulating the sector. SCPT has little capital to invest, and so much of the investment in infrastructure is from donor countries or from the efforts of foreign (particularly Chinese) companies and banks.

Mobile network operators are the principal providers of basic telecom services. By 2001, some 16 private operators had been granted mobile telephony licences and the subscriber base grew rapidly. The proliferation of networks, and the poor monitoring of also spectrum assets, caused frequent problems with spectrum shortages, interference and compatibility issues. As a result, the mobile sector has since consolidated. In the latest round of consolidation, Orange Congo completed its acquisition of Tigo Congo in April 2016, which greatly increased its market share. In late 2015 Yozma Timeturns eventually launched services, having been awarded a mobile licence in 2009.

Development of the DRC’s internet and broadband market has been held back by the poorly developed national and international infrastructure. However, the country was finally connected to low-cost, high-quality international bandwidth through the WACS submarine fibre optic cable in 2013, and SCPT is rolling out a fibre optic national backbone network with support from China. International bandwidth is still limited, and as a result internet pricing is high and backhaul capacity (for both fixed and mobile internet services) is low.

An alternative terrestrial international fibre connection exists via neighbouring countries. Broadband access is provided by 3G mobile services and wireless networks using WiMAX and EV-DO technology. The country’s first commercial LTE networks are imminent. Mobile operators are keen to develop mobile data services, capitalising on the growth of smartphones usage, but in mid-2016 their attempts to dramatically increase mobile internet pricing was criticised by the regulator.

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- AfriTel (Starcel)
- Africanus.net
- Africell (Lintel)
- Afrinet
- Alcatel-Lucent
- Bharti Airtel (Zain Celtel)
- Cielux Telecom
- Congo Chine Telecom
- Congo Korea Telecom
- Ericsson
- Gecamines
- Geolink
- Global Broadband Solution (GBS)
- Huawei Technologies
- ICP Net
- Interconnect (Vodanet)
- Liquid Telecom
- Microcom
- Millicom (Tigo)
- O3b Networks
- Orioncom
- Paconet (Pan African Communication Network)
- RagaNet
- Roffe Hi-Tech
- Sattel
- Smile Telecom
- Société Congolais des Postes et des Télécommunications
- Société Internet Congolaise (SIC)
- Sogetel
- Standard Telecom
- Tatem Telecom
- Telecel International
- Vodacom Congo
- ZTE

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