In 2016, Central African Republic generated telecom service revenue of US$41.0m (equivalent to 2.0% of nominal GDP), a decline of about 13.9% from 2015 due to an uncertain political and security scenario. Accounting for 85.2% of total telecom service revenue in 2016, mobile voice services was the largest revenue-generating segment, as most citizens in CAR, given the low income levels, predominantly use their mobile phones for basic voice.
The top two mobile operators, Orange CAR and Telecel CAR, accounted for 75.4% of total service revenue in 2016. Orange CAR will continue to maintain its leadership position in the mobile market through 2021. Operators will continue their focus on 2G/3G network expansion and upgrades, offering segmented bundles and rolling out VAS such as mobile money services to drive future growth.
2G remains the most used technology in CAR, accounting for 95.1% of mobile subscriptions in 2016. Its share of the overall mobile subscriber base will, however, decline over the forecast period to reach 82.6% by 2021, due to rising adoption of 3G. 3G subscriptions will grow at a CAGR of 47.1% during 2016-2021, to reach 0.3m subscriptions by 2021, driven by 3G network expansion, rising smartphone adoption and increasing demand for mobile data services. Broadband lines penetration of population will increase from 0.02% in 2016 to 0.10% by 2021, as the Central African Backbone (CAB) project will give CAR more reliable and affordable access to the terminal station of the SAT-3/WASC intercontinental submarine cable.
The report "Central African Republic: Expansion of 2G/3G Coverage, Rising Mobile Data Adoption and Improvement in Broadband Connectivity to Fuel Telecom Growth" provides detailed analysis of the near-term opportunities, competitive dynamics and evolution of demand by service type and technology/platform across the fixed telephony, broadband and mobile sectors, as well as a review of key regulatory trends.
In particular, this report provides the following analysis
- Regional context: Telecom market size and trends in Central African Republic compared with other countries in the region.
- Economic, demographic and political context in Central African Republic.
- The regulatory environment and trends: A review of the regulatory setting and agenda for the next 18-24 months as well as relevant developments pertaining to spectrum licensing, national broadband plans, number portability and more.
- A demand profile: Analysis as well as historical figures and forecasts of service revenue from the fixed telephony (including VoIP), broadband, mobile voice and mobile data markets.
- Service evolution: A look at changes in the breakdown of overall revenue between the fixed and mobile sectors and between voice, data and video from 2016 to 2021.
- The competitive landscape: An examination of key trends in competition and in the performance, revenue market shares and expected moves of service providers over the next 18-24 months.
- In-depth sector analysis of fixed telephony, broadband, mobile voice and mobile data services: A quantitative analysis of service adoption trends by network technology and by operator, as well as of average revenue per line/subscription and service revenue through the end of the forecast period.
Companies mentioned in this report: Orange CAR, Telecel CAR, Moov CAR, Azur CAR, Société Centrafricaine de Télécommunications (Socatel)
- The overall telecom service revenue in Central African Republic is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 10.3% during 2016-2021. Mobile revenue will account for 92.9% of total telecom revenue in 2021; mobile data will constitute the fastest-expanding segment, growing at a CAGR of 25.2% over the 2016-2021 forecast period.
- 2G will remain the most used mobile technology through 2021. However, its share of the overall mobile subscriber base will decline over the forecast period to reach 82.6% by 2021, owing to rising adoption of 3G services.
- The top two mobile operators, Orange CAR and Telecel CAR, accounted for 75.4% of total service revenue in 2016. Orange CAR will continue to maintain its leadership position in the mobile market through 2021. Operators will continue their focus on 2G/3G network expansion and upgrades, offering segmented bundles and rolling out VAS such as mobile money services to drive future growth.
Reasons to buy
- This Country Intelligence Report offers a thorough, forward-looking analysis of Central African Republic’s telecommunications market, service providers and key opportunities in a concise format to help executives build proactive and profitable growth strategies.
- Accompanying the author’s Forecast products, the report examines the assumptions and drivers behind ongoing and upcoming trends in Central African Republic’s mobile communications, fixed telephony/VoIP and broadband markets, including the evolution of service provider market shares.
- With more than 20 charts and tables, the report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality.
- The report provides an easily digestible market assessment for decision-makers built around in-depth information gathered from local market players, which enables executives to quickly get up to speed with the current and emerging trends in Central African Republic’s telecommunications market.
- The broad perspective of the report coupled with comprehensive, actionable detail will help operators, equipment vendors and other telecom industry players succeed in the challenging telecommunications market in Central African Republic.
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