A number of significant macroeconomic hurdles hamper the telecommunications market growthin the Central African Republic and some of these hurdles include extremely low consumer spending powerand macroeconomic uncertainty. There are fewer active mobile users in the country than was previouslyreported, suggesting the challenges faced by the operators. Furthermore, a large rural population and thelimited fixed infrastructure means that wireless technologies will remain the dominant platform forcommunications. Furthermore, a growing number of users will access the internet via mobile devices asOrange looks to invest in advanced 3G mobile technologies in the country.
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We estimate that the mobile market will end 2017 with a total of 1.217mn subscribers, a number we seerising to only 1.326mn by end of 2021.