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The Telecommunications Market in Central Africa - Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators

  • ID: 3620041
  • Report
  • February 2016
  • Region: Africa
  • 87 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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.

Key Findings

- Countries with the highest penetration rate for developed telecommunications in Central Africa are Gabon (X%), the Republic of Congo (X%), and Equatorial Guinea (X%).

- Gabon’s high penetration rate in mobile communications is X%; 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 X countries) and the highest Networked Readiness Index (NRI) rank (out of X 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) benefiting 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.

- Telecommunications providers are partnering with IT technology vendors to monetise their data services and streamline real-time operations. For instance, GETESA, a fixed-line operator with a monopoly in Equatorial Guinea, partnered with Alepo, a software solution provider, so as to be in a better position to adapt to the dynamic changes in the market.

- Virtual SIM solutions are gaining traction in Central Africa, as this helps low-income groups to perform operations on a mobile handset, while eliminating the need to purchase a handset. For instance, Airtel in partnership with Movirtu, offers virtual SIM solutions in the DRC.

- Despite penetration of mobile communications approaching X% in nearly half of the Central African countries, the relatively low Internet penetration indicates growth opportunities for broadband services.

- Integration of the telecommunications, banking, and insurance industries in Central Africa is redefining the business models of telecommunications providers.
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1. Executive Summary

2. Market Overview

3. Total Central African Telecommunications Market

4. Country Analysis
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The Republic of Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
5. The Last Word
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This research will focus on telecommunication service providers that have been segmented into the following:

- Fixed-line operators
- Mobile operators
- Internet service providers

Technology Scope

This research service outlines the range of broadband technologies deployed and planned in the above-mentioned market sectors.

Technologies include optic fibres, satellite, WiMax, Wi-Fi, 3G, Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL), and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).

Geographic Scope

- This research service focuses on the Central African telecommunications market. The countries covered are:

- Cameroon
- The Central African Republic
- Chad
- The DRC
- The Republic of Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Gabon
- São Tomé and Príncipe
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