Additional InformationExecutive summary
The global economic crisis has led to only a moderate slowdown of Burkina Faso’s GDP growth to 3.2% in 2009, from where it is expected to rise again steadily to reach more than 6% by 2013.
Fresh investment and new technologies have accelerated the development of the national network infrastructure since Vivendi-owned Maroc Telecom bought a majority stake in the national telco Onatel in 2006. Another 20% of the company was sold in an initial public offering in 2009. Onatel operates the countrys fixed-line network, a CDMA2000 wireless network, a fibre optic backbone and one of three GSM mobile networks, Telmob.
Mobile telephony has experienced strong growth since competition was introduced in 2000 by Celtel (now Zain/Bharti) and Telecel International (now Moov) which was owned by Orascom until it was sold to Atlantique Telecom which was then taken over by Etisalat of the UAE. However, market penetration is still well below the African average.
Onatel’s FasoNet is the country’s leading Internet service provider and also dominates the broadband market with its ADSL and EV-DO offerings. Penetration rates in this sector are still extremely low and services are expensive. Being landlocked, Burkina Faso has traditionally depended on expensive satellite links for its international bandwidth, and more recently on transit fibre links through neighbouring countries which had access to the region’s only international fibre optic submarine cable.
The recent arrival of a second and third international fibre optic submarine cable in Ghana (Glo-1 and Main One) is expected to bring down the cost of international bandwidth further by creating competition with the SAT-3/WASC cable. Several of Burkina Faso’s other neighbouring countries will gain access to a second and in some cases third cable (ACE) in 2011. However, consumers and the country’s entire economy will only benefit from lower broadband prices if Onatel passes these cost savings on to them and also to other ISPs on the wholesale level.
The mobile operators have entered the underdeveloped Internet sector by offering mobile data services using GPRS and EDGE technology, but third generation (3G) mobile broadband technology has not yet been introduced except for Onatel’s EV-DO fixed-wireless service. In August 2010 an international tender for a new combined fixed and mobile licence was launched which will include the provision of 3G mobile services.
Market analysis 2010;
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets to end-2011;
Second fixed-line and fourth mobile licence tendered, including 3G;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Onatel, Telmob, Zain financial results;
New international fibre connections;
Internet and broadband pricing trends by technology - dial-up, ADSL, EV-DO;
Mobile data pricing - SMS, MMS, GPRS/EDGE, Blackberry;
Mobile ARPU trend 2006-2010;
Comparison Zain/Telmob ARPU.FasoNet (Onatel) Internet subscribers - 2006 - 2010
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Burkina Faso’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:
Market and industry overviews;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Regulatory environment and structural reform;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Mobile voice and data markets;
Average Revenue per User;
Internet and broadband development and pricing;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Burkina Faso, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators - privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
Mobile Average Revenue per User.
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