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The Telecommunications Market in East Africa—Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators

The Telecommunications Market in East Africa—Key Fixed and Mobile Market Indicators

The most-developed telecommunications countries by penetration rate in East Africa are Seychelles (􂀀%), Kenya (􂀀%), and Sudan (􂀀%).

The mobile communications penetration of 􂀀% for Seychelles is largely a result of the tourism industry where multiple SIM cards are bought for short-term use.

In addition, Seychelles continues to retain the highest ICT development index (IDI) rank (􂀀 out of 􂀀 countries) and the highest networked readiness index (NRI) rank (􂀀 out of 􂀀 countries) in the region.

Market characteristics include a drive for market liberalization and fierce competition.

Market liberalization has been a key driver of telecommunications development, as opposed to the slow growth experienced in countries with government-owned monopolies.

Fierce competition is driving market consolidation and expansion into neighbouring countries. As a result, mobile network operators (MNO), e.g., MTN, Vodafone, Airtel, and Millicom are increasing their geographic presence in multiple countries across Africa. The telecommunications market in Uganda is ripe for consolidation as a result of high competition.

About this report

This research provides an analysis of the East African telecommunications market. The focus areas are fixed-line, mobile, and Internet communications, with special interest in broadband communications. The study includes analysis for the 13 East African countries on country and regional levels. The study highlights key mobile network operators and fixed-line operators in each country and their strategies to compete in this market. In addition, strategic insights on trending areas such as mobile money, mInsurance, and mCommerce services are included. A look into the market's future and an analysis of the current market landscape are provided.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • East African Telecommunications Market-Overview
    • Research Scope
    • Geographic Scope
    • East African Countries-Overview
      • Table Total Telecommunications Market: Country Overview, East Africa, 2014
    • Breakdown of Submarine Cables in East Africa
      • Table Total Telecommunications Market: Submarine Cable Overview, East Africa, 2014
    • IDI (ICT Development Index)
      • Table Total Telecommunications Market: IDI, East Africa, 2010-2013
    • NRI (Networked Readiness Index)
      • Table Total Telecommunications Market: NRI, East Africa, 2010-2014
    • 3G and 4G Network Presence
    • Market Definitions
  • Total East African Telecommunications Market
    • Total Telecommunications Market-Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers
      • Table Total Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, East Africa, 2008-2014
    • Total Telecommunications Market-Percent of Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers by Country
    • Mobile Money Market-Account Penetration on a Global Level
    • Mobile Money Market-Account Penetration in East Africa
    • Mobile Money Market-Key Participants in East Africa
    • mCommerce and mInsurance-Overview
    • mInsurance Services-Market Highlights
  • Burundi
    • Burundi-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Burundi-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Burundi-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Burundi-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Burundi, 2008-2014
    • Burundi-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Burundi, 2014
  • Comoros
    • Comoros-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Comoros-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Comoros, 2008-2014
  • Djibouti
    • Djibouti-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Djibouti-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Djibouti-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Djibouti-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Djibouti, 2008-2014
  • Eritrea
    • Eritrea-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Eritrea-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Eritrea, 2008-2014
  • Ethiopia
    • Ethiopia-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Ethiopia-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Ethiopia-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Ethiopia-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Ethiopia, 2008-2014
  • Kenya
    • Kenya-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Kenya-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Kenya-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Kenya-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Kenya, 2008-2014
    • Kenya-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Kenya, 2014
  • Rwanda
    • Rwanda-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Rwanda-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Rwanda-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Rwanda-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Rwanda, 2008-2014
    • Rwanda-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Rwanda, 2014
  • Seychelles
    • Seychelles-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Seychelles-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Seychelles-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Seychelles-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Seychelles, 2008-2014
    • Seychelles-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Seychelles, 2014
  • Somalia
    • Somalia-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Somalia-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Somalia-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Somalia-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Somalia, 2008-2014
    • Somalia-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Somalia, 2014
  • South Sudan
    • South Sudan-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • South Sudan-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • South Sudan-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • South Sudan-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, South Sudan, 2011-2014
    • South Sudan-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, South Sudan, 2014
  • Sudan
    • Sudan-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Sudan-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Sudan-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Sudan-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Sudan, 2011-2014
    • Sudan-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Sudan, 2014
  • Tanzania
    • Tanzania-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Tanzania-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Tanzania-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Tanzania-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Tanzania, 2008-2014
    • Tanzania-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Tanzania, 2014
  • Uganda
    • Uganda-Telecommunications Market Overview
    • Uganda-Telecommunications Market Analysis
    • Uganda-Telecommunications Market Highlights
    • Uganda-Telecommunications Market Analysis
      • Table Telecommunications Market: Population and Fixed-line and Mobile Subscribers, Uganda, 2008-2014
    • Uganda-Telecommunications Operators Analysis
      • Table MNO Analysis, Uganda, 2014
  • The Last Word
    • Conclusion

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