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Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4480182
  • Report
  • April 2019
  • Region: Lesotho
  • 61 pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Comnet.
  • Econet a
  • Eskom
  • Telecom Lesotho
  • Vodacom Lesotho
  • MORE
Telecom services in Lesotho are managed by a privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The mobile sector is a duopoly between South Africa-based Vodacom and ETL, though competition is insufficient to promote effective price reductions for consumers. Mobile penetration remains below the regional average, while the small size of the market provides little incentive for new entrants.

Fixed-line teledensity is also low, but the fixed network has gained value since DSL services were launched in 2007. In parallel, ETL has rolled out a fixed-wireless network. In addition, the company has introduced a fixed-mobile convergence product and is capitalising on its multi-platform capabilities.

Vodacom was the first operator to introduce mobile broadband services in the country, supplemented with a WiMAX network. In late 2014 the company launched commercial services based on LTE technology. This was followed by fixed-wireless 5G trials in early 2019 based on a trial 3.5GHz licence. Vodacom Lesotho was among the first network operators in the region to conduct such trials.

Although landlocked, Lesotho has benefited from connectivity to the several submarine fibre optic cables which land on African east and west coasts. These have considerably improved international bandwidth, though access prices for the two ISPs remain high and as a consequence internet take-up among consumers has been stymied.

Key Developments:

Vodacom Lesotho starts 5G trials;
ETL expands FttP network;
Vodacom Foundation launches m-health service facilitated by M-Pesa;
Regulator considers imposing SIM card registration;
Improved internet connectivity following landing of international cables;
Universal Service Agency expanding base tower infrastructure in remote areas;
Report update includes ITU statistics, regulator's 2017 ICT market report, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, operator data to Q4 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

Telecom Lesotho, Econet a, Vodacom Lesotho, Eskom, Comnet.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Comnet.
  • Econet a
  • Eskom
  • Telecom Lesotho
  • Vodacom Lesotho
  • MORE
1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 Telecommunications market
3.1 Historical overview

4 Regional Africa Market Comparison
4.1 TMI vs GDP
4.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
4.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunication Policy of 1999
5.2 ICT policy 2005
5.3 Communications Policy 2008
5.4 National Master Plan
5.5 Telecommunications Act of 2000
5.6 Communications Act of 2012
5.7 National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP)
5.8 Regulatory authority
5.9 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.10 Privatisation
5.11 Licence fees
5.12 SIM card registration
5.13 Universal Service Fund (USF)

6 Fixed network operator
6.1 Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL)

7 Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Mobile broadband
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.6 Mobile content and applications

10 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Lesotho 2018 (e)
Table 2 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 1999 2009
Table 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2010 2018
Table 4 International bandwidth 2001 2016
Table 5 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009
Table 6 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018
Table 7 Proportion of households with internet access in Lesotho 2007 2018
Table 8 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2002 2018
Table 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018
Table 10 DSL broadband subscribers 2011- 2018
Table 11 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018
Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018
Table 14 Vodacom Lesotho subscribers and churn rate 2002 2018
Table 15 Vodacom Lesotho active data subscribers 2014 2018
Table 16 Vodacom Lesotho ARPU 2011 2018
Table 17 Vodacom Lesotho revenue 2017 2018
Table 18 ETL mobile subscribers 2014 2016
Table 19 Vodacom Lesotho M-Pesa subscribers 2017 2018

List of Charts
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 2 Southern Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers) 2018
Chart 4 Southern Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018
Chart 5 Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2005 2018
Chart 8 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2005 2018
Chart 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2018
Chart 10 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2018
Chart 11 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Map of Lesotho
Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 Southern Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
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  • Telecom Lesotho
  • Econet a
  • Vodacom Lesotho
  • Eskom
  • Comnet.
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