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Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4458822
  • Report
  • January 2020
  • Region: Afghanistan
  • 94 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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Afghanistan Finally Sees the Launch of 4G Mobile Services

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Etisalat Afghanistan
  • MTN Afghanistan
  • Wasel Telecom
  • MORE
Afghanistan continues to be confronted by challenges. After many years of war and civil strife, an encouraging aspect of the country's efforts to rebuild has been the considerable success evident in the creating of a functional telecommunications sector virtually from nothing. The telecommunications network now covers over 90% of the population.

Efforts are being made to roll out fixed-line services, but the country's telecommunications services rely heavily on its mobile infrastructure.

Fixed-line broadband market penetration has not grown significantly over the last five years. Over the next five years to 2024 growth is expected to continue but overall market penetration will remain extremely low.

Afghanistan is making good progress on the roll-out of the government project for a nationwide optical fibre backbone. The work on the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project' officially started with the first phase of a plan to install a cross-border fibre link connecting Afghanistan with China.

Afghanistan's mobile market experienced reasonably strong growth between 2012 and 2017 but faced a serious slowdown in 2018, with the number of subscribers falling 8% year-on-year. This was partly due to increasing violence in the country (creating population displacement as well as damage to infrastructure), and also to a downturn in the regional economy. However, there were positive signs of recovery in 2019, with slow growth despite the uncertainty created by the presidential election. Overall, the mobile market has experienced reasonable growth since 2014, with mobile penetration rising from 55% in 2014 to 60% in 2019 and the number of subscribers reaching 22.9 million.

Further moderate growth is predicted over the next five years (through to 2024), though this assumes stable governance and an improving economic environment. Subscriber penetration is expected to reach 69% by 2024, with the market estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5% between 2019 and 2024.

Afghanistan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, with penetration reaching to 22% in 2019 compared to only 1% in 2013. The sector is still at an early stage of development and penetration remains relatively low compared to other Asian nations, though stronger growth is anticipated over the next five years in line with operator investments in 4G and increased competition among operators encouraging lower pricing for end-users and improved service offerings. Mobile broadband penetration could reach 35% by 2024, with a subscriber base of 14.8 million. A CAGR of 12% is forecast between 2019 and 2024.

Key Developments:
  • The MCIT officially launched the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project.
  • Afghanistan is making good progress on the roll-out of a nationwide optical fibre backbone.
  • Afghanistans mobile market has experienced reasonably strong growth.
  • The mobile broadband market is being driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers and strong competition.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Afghan Telecom/Aftel/Salam Telecom/Networks, Afghan Wireless Communications Company/AWCC, Roshan/ Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd (TDCA), Etisalat Afghanistan, MTN Afghanistan, Wasel Telecom.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Etisalat Afghanistan
  • MTN Afghanistan
  • Wasel Telecom
  • MORE
1 Key statistics
1.1 Background
1.2 Economy

2 Telecommunications market
2.1 Market Overview and Analysis
2.2 Regional Market Comparison
2.3 Historical background

3 Regulatory environment
3.1 Overview
3.2 Regulatory authorities
3.3 Framework for emergency telecoms systems
3.4 Spectrum
3.5 Number Portability (NP)
3.6 Access
3.7 Mobile
3.8 Digital Media

4 Telecommunications infrastructure
4.1 Fixed-line Statistics
4.2 Optical fibre Backbone
4.3 IP infrastructure
4.4 Rural Access
4.5 Microwave ring
4.6 International infrastructure
4.7 Cloud Computing

5 Fixed network operators
5.1 Overview
5.2 Afghan Telecom
5.3 Other operators
5.4 Other licences

6 Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
6.1 Internet Service Providers (Isp)
6.2 WiMAX
6.3 WiFi hotspots
6.4 Internet cafes

7 Mobile communications
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Mobile statistics And Forecasts
7.3 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
7.4 Mobile infrastructure
7.5 Mobile data services
7.6 Mobile Satellite

8 Mobile operators
8.1 Operator Statistics
8.2 Afghan Wireless (AWCC)
8.3 Roshan
8.4 MTN Afghanistan
8.5 Etisalat Afghanistan
8.6 Salam Telecom (Aftel)
8.7 Wasel Telecom

9 Digital economy
9.1 e-Commerce
9.2 e-Government
9.3 e-Health
9.4 e-Education
9.5 e-Banking
9.6 Afghanistan National Data Centre (Andc)

10 Digital Media
10.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10.2 Broadcasting market

11 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities 2019 (e)
Table 2 Top Level Country Statistics 2019 (e)
Table 3 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2009 2019
Table 4 Afghan Telecom - wireline and wireless subscribers 2012; 2014 2016
Table 5 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2024
Table 6 Internet Penetration 2009 - 2019
Table 7 International internet bandwidth 2005 2018
Table 8 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 2024
Table 9 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2024
Table 10 Mobile subscribers by category 2019
Table 11 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2019
Table 12 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network 2019 (e)
Table 13 Mobile operator and systems
Table 14 Subscribers and Market share by Major Operators 2019
Table 15 Historic - ARPU by operator 2008 2012
Table 16 AWCC's mobile subscribers 2005 2019
Table 17 Roshan's mobile subscribers 2005 2019
Table 18 MTN's mobile subscribers 2007 2019
Table 19 MTN's ARPU 2011 2019
Table 20 Etisalat's mobile subscribers 2007 2019
Table 21 Key broadcasting statistics 2018

List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2019; 2024
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 3 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 4 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Central Asia (selected countries)
Chart 6 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2009 2024
Chart 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Chart 8 Internet users and Penetration (%) 2009 - 2019
Chart 9 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2024
Chart 10 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2024

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Licensed ISPs 2019
Exhibit 4 Awarding of 3G licences by operator and date
Exhibit 5 Launch of 3G services by operator and date
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  • Afghan Telecom/Aftel/Salam Telecom/Networks
  • Afghan Wireless Communications Company/AWCC
  • Roshan/ Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd (TDCA)
  • Etisalat Afghanistan
  • MTN Afghanistan
  • Wasel Telecom
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