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Africa - Fixed-line Telecommunications and Infrastructure Statistics (tables only)

This report provides 126 statistical tables for the fixed-line communications activities for the major 38 African countries. Included are statistics for infrastructure and the major pan-African companies operating within Africa.


While being the world’s most rapidly growing market for mobile telephony, Africa is also home to some of the fastest growing fixed-line markets in the world. The continent still has some of the world’s lowest penetration rates in both market sectors.

The difficulties of rolling out fixed-line networks across its vast land mass have meant that by early-2010 mobile users constituted more than 90% of all African telephone subscribers. However, as lower income groups are being targeted, a price-sensitive market for lower-cost fixed or limited-mobility services is emerging.

A surge in demand for Internet access and broadband capabilities is accelerating this fixed-line renaissance in some of Africas more advanced markets. Despite reasonable growth of the traditional fixed-line markets in some countries, subscriber access to both voice and data services is shifting more and more to fixed-wireless solutions as a substitute for inadequate fixed-line infrastructure.

For over 60 operators in around 40 countries in Africa, CDMA-2000 has been the technology of choice to provide fixed-wireless access. It supports full mobility, and converged licensing regimes are now allowing many of these operators to move into the lucrative mobile sector. WiMAX technology, however, offers higher data rates and is quickly gaining ground in Africa with well over 100 networks already in operation.

The landing of several new international fibre optic submarine cables in Africa in 2009 and 2010 - in many countries for the first time ever - has led to massive investments into terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population centres in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries. Prior to this, backbone network infrastructure across the continent was largely substituted by microwave radio relay and satellite links, with the associated limitations in capacity, quality of service and high cost. However, both technologies will continue to play a significant role in reaching Africas extensive rural and remote areas.

Despite the global economic crisis, foreign investor interest has remained high in Africa’s telecoms sector as market liberalisation continues, national telcos are being privatised and new operating licenses issued.

1. PAN-AFRICAN OPERATORS
1.1 Major African-based players
1.1.1 MTN Group Limited
1.1.2 Orascom Telecom Holding
1.1.3 Telkom South Africa Ltd
1.1.4 Vodacom Group
1.2 Major off-shore players
1.2.1 Zain Group (previously MTC)
1.2.2 Orange (France Telecom)
1.2.3 Millicom International Cellular (Tigo)
2. Country comparisons
3. Individual country statistics
3.1 ALGERIA
3.1.1 Infrastructure
3.2 ANGOLA
3.2.1 Infrastructure
3.3 BENIN
3.3.1 Infrastructure
3.4 BOTSWANA
3.4.1 Infrastructure
3.4.2 Company results
3.5 BURKINA FASO
3.5.1 Infrastructure
3.6 CAMEROON
3.6.1 Infrastructure
3.7 CHAD
3.7.1 Infrastructure
3.8 CôTE D’IVOIRE
3.8.1 Infrastructure
3.8.2 Company statistics
3.9 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
3.9.1 Infrastructure
3.10 EGYPT
3.10.1 Infrastructure
3.10.2 Subscribers
3.10.3 Company statistics
3.11 ETHIOPIA
3.11.1 Infrastructure
3.11.2 Company statistics
3.12 GABON
3.12.1 Infrastructure
3.12.2 Company statistics
3.13 GAMBIA
3.13.1 Infrastructure
3.14 GHANA
3.14.1 Infrastructure
3.15 GUINEA
3.15.1 Infrastructure
3.16 KENYA
3.16.1 Infrastructure
3.17 LESOTHO
3.17.1 Infrastructure
3.18 LIBERIA
3.18.1 Infrastructure
3.19 LIBYA
3.19.1 Infrastructure
3.20 MADAGASCAR
3.20.1 Network indicators
3.21 MALAWI
3.21.1 Infrastructure
3.22 MALI
3.22.1 Infrastructure
3.22.2 Company statistics
3.23 MAURITIUS
3.23.1 Infrastructure
3.23.2 Company statistics
3.24 MOROCCO
3.24.1 Infrastructure
3.24.2 Subscriber forecast
3.25 MOZAMBIQUE
3.25.1 Infrastructure
3.25.2 Company statistics
3.26 NAMIBIA
3.26.1 Infrastructure
3.27 NIGERIA
3.27.1 Infrastructure
3.28 RWANDA
3.28.1 Infrastructure
3.29 SENEGAL
3.29.1 Infrastructure
3.29.2 Company statistics
3.30 SIERRA LEONE
3.30.1 Infrastructure
3.31 SOUTH AFRICA
3.31.1 Infrastructure
3.31.2 Company statistics
3.32 SUDAN
3.32.1 Infrastructure
3.33 SWAZILAND
3.33.1 Infrastructure
3.33.2 Company statistics
3.34 TANZANIA
3.34.1 Infrastructure
3.35 TUNISIA
3.35.1 Infrastructure
3.36 UGANDA
3.36.1 Infrastructure
3.36.2 Subscribers
3.37 ZAMBIA
3.37.1 Infrastructure
3.38 ZIMBABWE
3.38.1 Infrastructure
List of Tables
Table 1 - MTN total subscribers - 1998 - 2009
Table 2 - MTN revenue - 2000 - 2009
Table 3 - MTN revenue by service - 2009
Table 4 - MTN operating data by region - December 2009
Table 5 - MTN operating data by major country - December 2009
Table 6 - MTN subscribers by country - 2004 - 2009
Table 7 - MTN operations - market share and ARPU by region and country - December 2009
Table 8 - Orascom GSM subscribers and market share by major subsidiary - 2008
Table 9 - Orascom revenue - 1999 - 2009
Table 10 - Orascom GSM ARPU by country - 2008
Table 11 - Telkom SA fixed-line statistics - pre and postpaid, ISDN and payphones - 1997 - 2009
Table 12 - Telkom SA fixed-line traffic - 2009
Table 13 - Telkom SA mobile statistics - South Africa and other African countriers - 2005 - 2009
Table 14 - Telkom SA revenue - 1996 - 2009
Table 15 - Telkom SA percentage of revenue by service - 2007 - 2009
Table 16 - Vodacom Group subscribers and percent prepaid - 1996 - 2009
Table 17 - Vodacom Group revenue - 1999 - 2009
Table 18 -Vodacom South Africa percentage of revenue by service - 2009
Table 19 - Vodacom Group percentage of revenue by country - 2009
Table 20 - Vodacom International revenue by country - 2002 - 2009
Table 21 - Vodacom International customers by country - 2002 - 2009
Table 22 - Vodacom Group operating statistics by country - 2009
Table 23 - Zain Group customers and financial data - 2002 - 2009
Table 24 - Zain’s operating statistics by country - 2008
Table 25 - Orange’s African operations - customers by country - 2005 - 2009
Table 26 - Orange’s African operations - revenue by country - 2005 - 2009
Table 27 - Millicom’s African operations - subscribers and financial statistics - 2006 - 2009
Table 28 - Millicom’s African operations - ownership, subscribers, market share by country - 2009
Table 29 - Africa - fixed-lines in service by country - 2005 - 2010
Table 30 - Africa - fixed-line teledensity by country - 2005 - 2010
Table 31 - Algeria - key national statistics - 2010
Table 32 - Algeria - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 33 - Algeria - Forecast - fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 34 - Angola - key national statistics - 2010
Table 35 - Angola - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1996 - 2010
Table 36 - Benin - key national statistics - 2010
Table 37 - Benin - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 38 - Botswana - key national statistics - 2010
Table 39 - Botswana - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 40 - Botswana - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2008
Table 41 - Burkina Faso - key national statistics- 2010
Table 42 - Burkina Faso - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 43 - Cameroon - key national statistics - 2010
Table 44 - Cameroon - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
Table 45 - Chad - key national statistics - 2010
Table 46 - Chad - fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 47 - Côte d’Ivoire - key national statistics- 2010
Table 48 - Côte d’Ivoire - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 49 - Côte d’Ivoire - CI-Telecom subscribers, revenue and CAPEX - 1998 - 2008
Table 50 - Dem. Rep. of Congo - key national statistics- 2010
Table 51 - Dem. Rep. of Congo - fixed telephone lines and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
Table 52 - Egypt - key national statistics - 2010
Table 53 - Egypt - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 54 - Egypt - public payphones by operator - 2002 - 2009
Table 55 - Egypt - forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2012; 2015
Table 56 - Egypt - Telecom Egypt key performance indicators - 2003 - 2009
Table 57 - Ethiopia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 58 - Ethiopia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
Table 59 - Ethiopia - ETC revenue and profit - 2006 - 2008
Table 60 - Gabon - key national statistics - 2010
Table 61 - Gabon - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2011
Table 62 - Gabon - Gabon Télécom fixed-line versus mobile revenue - 2006 - 2009
Table 63 - Gambia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 64 - Gambia - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 65 - Ghana - key national statistics - 2010
Table 66 - Ghana - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 67 - Guinea - key national statistics - 2010
Table 68 - Guinea - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 69 - Kenya - key national statistics - 2010
Table 70 - Kenya - fixed lines in service - 1995 - 2011
Table 71 - Lesotho - key national statistics - 2010
Table 72 - Lesotho - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2010
Table 73 - Lesotho - licences issued by category - 2000 - 2008
Table 74 - Liberia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 75 - Liberia - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 76 - Libya - key national statistics - 2010
Table 77 - Libya - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 78 - Madagascar - key national statistics - 2010
Table 79 - Madagascar - fixed-line network key indicators: lines, subscribers, teledensity, public payphones, traffic and revenue - 1998 - 2008
Table 80 - Malawi - key national statistics - 2010
Table 81 - Malawi - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 82 - Mali - key national statistics - 2010
Table 83 - Mali - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 84 - Mali - Sotelma financial results - 2007 - 2008
Table 85 - Mauritius - key national statistics - 2010
Table 86 - Mauritius - fixed lines in service by operator and teledensity - 1995 - 2008
Table 87 - Mauritius - Mauritius Telecom Group financial results - 2004 - 2008
Table 88 - Morocco - key national statistics - 2010
Table 89 - Morocco - fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2010
Table 90 - Morocco - forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2012; 2015
Table 91 - Mozambique - key national statistics - 2010
Table 92 - Mozambique - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 93 - Mozambique - TDM financial overview - 2006 - 2008
Table 94 - Namibia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 95 - Namibia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 96 - Nigeria - key national statistics - 2010
Table 97 - Nigeria - fixed lines in service, Nitel vs. PTOs and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 98 - Nigeria - fixed and fixed-wireless lines by operator and market share - September 2009
Table 99 - Rwanda - key national statistics - 2010
Table 100 - Rwanda - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 101 - Senegal - key national statistics - 2010
Table 102 - Senegal - fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 103 - Senegal - Sonatel financial overview - 2004 - 2009
Table 104 - Senegal - Sonatel fixed-line ARPU - 2004 - 2008
Table 105 - Sierra Leone - key national statistics- 2010
Table 106 - Sierra Leone - fixed and fixed-wireless lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 107 - South Africa - key national statistics - 2010
Table 108 - South Africa - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 109 - South Africa - Telkom SA ISDN channels - 2000 - 2009
Table 110 - South Africa - Telkom SA’s fixed line data revenue - 2002 - 2009
Table 111 - Sudan - key national statistics - 2010
Table 112 - Sudan - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1994 - 2010
Table 113 - Swaziland - key national statistics - 2010
Table 114 - Swaziland - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 115 - Swaziland - SPTC financial results - 2004 - 2008
Table 116 - Tanzania - key national statistics - 2010
Table 117 - Tanzania - fixed-lines in service by operator and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
Table 118 - Tunisia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 119 - Tunisia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 120 - Uganda - key national statistics - 2010
Table 121 - Uganda - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 122 - Uganda - MTN Uganda fixed-line subscribers - 2004 - 2008
Table 123 - Zambia - key national statistics - 2010
Table 124 - Zambia - fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2010
Table 125 - Zimbabwe - key national statistics - 2010

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