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Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4458822
  • Report
  • April 2020
  • Region: Afghanistan
  • 114 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 networks 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 2023 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 MCIT officially launched the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project', the first phase of a plan to install a cross-border fibre link connecting Afghanistan with China.

Afghanistan has a highly competitive mobile market that continues to flourish despite the background of the ongoing conflict throughout the country. The mobile sector has been boosted by the absence of effective fixed-line alternatives. There are five mobile operators competing in Afghanistan's telecom sector.

Afghanistan's mobile market has experienced reasonably strong growth over the 2012 to 2018 period from a relatively small base. Moderately strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023.

Afghanistan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past five years, however the mobile broadband market is still at an early stage of development and penetration remains relatively low compared to other Asian nations. Strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023 by which time the market is predicted to reach market penetration of 30%. The mobile broadband market will be driven by a rising level of mobile subscribers and strong competition.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

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.

Report update includes an assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector

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 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure

3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Market Overview and Analysis
3.2 Regional Market Comparison
3.3 Historical background

4 Regulatory environment
4.1 Overview
4.2 Regulatory authorities
4.3 Framework for emergency telecoms systems
4.4 Spectrum
4.5 Number Portability (NP)
4.6 Access
4.7 Mobile
4.8 Digital Media

5 Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Fixed-line Statistics
5.2 Optical fibre Backbone
5.3 IP infrastructure
5.4 Rural Access
5.5 Microwave ring
5.6 International infrastructure
5.7 Cloud Computing

6 Fixed network operators
6.1 Overview
6.2 Afghan Telecom
6.3 Other operators
6.4 Other licences

7 Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
7.1 Internet Service Providers (Isp)
7.2 WiMAX
7.3 WiFi hotspots
7.4 Internet cafes

8 Mobile communications
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Mobile statistics And Forecasts
8.3 Mobile Broadband Statistics and Forecasts
8.4 Mobile infrastructure
8.5 Mobile data services
8.6 Mobile Satellite

9 Mobile operators
9.1 Operator Statistics
9.2 Afghan Wireless (AWCC)
9.3 Roshan
9.4 MTN Afghanistan
9.5 Etisalat Afghanistan
9.6 Salam Telecom (Aftel)
9.7 Wasel Telecom

10 Digital economy
10.1 e-Commerce
10.2 e-Government
10.3 e-Health
10.4 e-Education
10.5 e-Banking
10.6 Afghanistan National Data Centre (Andc)

11 Digital Media
11.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
11.2 Broadcasting market

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Top Level Country Statistics 2018 (e)
Table 3 Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration 2007 2018
Table 4 Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and teledensity 1994; 2000 2008
Table 5 Historic - Fixed-line subscribers wireline v. wireless - 2009 2016
Table 6 Afghan Telecom - wireline and wireless subscribers 2012; 2014 2016
Table 7 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Table 8 Internet Users and Penetration 2007 - 2017
Table 9 Historic - Internet users (ITU) 2002 2006
Table 10 Historic - Fixed internet subscribers 2003 2016
Table 11 International internet bandwidth 2005 2017
Table 12 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 2023
Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and annual change 2002 2006
Table 14 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2023
Table 15 Mobile subscribers by category 2018
Table 16 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2018
Table 17 Percentage of Population Covered by Type of Mobile Network
Table 18 Mobile operator and systems
Table 19 Subscribers and Market share by Major Operators 2018
Table 20 Historic - ARPU by operator 2008 2012
Table 21 AWCC's mobile subscribers 2005 2018
Table 22 Roshan's mobile subscribers 2005 2018
Table 23 MTN's mobile subscribers 2007 2018
Table 24 MTN's ARPU 2011 2016
Table 25 Etisalat's mobile subscribers 2007 2018
Table 26 Key broadcasting statistics 2016

List of Charts
Chart 1 Mobile, Mobile Broadband & Fixed Broadband Penetration 2018; 2023
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 Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2008 2023
Chart 7 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 2023
Chart 8 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2013 2023

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 2018
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.
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
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