Market Research Logo

Africa - Mobile Voice and Data Communication Statistics (tables only)

This report provides 181 statistical tables showing trends and developments in the mobile telecommunications and mobile data markets of the 38 most significant African countries in terms of telecommunications. Statistics are given up to 2008.


Mobile phone networks dominate Africa’s telecommunications markets; they provide around 90% of all subscriber connections. The subscriber base is still growing at around 40% per year across the continent, but the growth curves are beginning to flatten in the more mature markets, forcing operators to compete more aggressively on price, quality of service and by introducing new services. However, enormous further potential remains, with overall market penetration only standing at around 40% while the first African countries have recently broken the 100% barrier.

  With their superior national coverage and large subscriber bases compared with the fixed-line networks, Africa’s mobile operators have built up a level of market power to the extent that they have been called ‘the new incumbents’. However, newly introduced converged licensing regimes are now allowing many old national telcos and other second tier players to enter the lucrative mobile market as well, but they also allow the mobile operators to branch out into new service segments.

  Due to Africa’s limited fixed-line infrastructure, the mobile networks are beginning to play an increasing role in Internet service provision, following the launch of 3G mobile broadband services in a growing number of markets. Mobile payment and banking services are revolutionising Africa’s banking sector where only a small percentage of the population has access to bank accounts.

These new services provide welcome new revenue streams in an almost entirely prepaid environment of low ARPU levels. Mobile ARPU has bottomed in many African markets, rising again on the back of mobile data services and streamlined operations.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band. The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data. All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

1. National Comparative Tables
2. Mobile Communications and mobile Data Statistics
2.1 Algeria
2.1.1 Subscribers
2.1.2 Operator statistics
2.2 Angola
2.3 Benin
2.4 Botswana
2.5 Burkina Faso
2.6 Cameroon
2.7 Chad
2.8 Cote d’Ivoire
2.9 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
2.10 Egypt
2.10.1 Subscribers
2.10.2 Operator statistics
2.10.3 ARPU
2.11 Ethiopia
2.12 Gabon
2.13 Gambia
2.14 Ghana
2.15 Guinea
2.16 Kenya
2.17 Lesotho
2.18 Liberia
2.19 Libya
2.20 Madagascar
2.21 Malawi
2.22 Mali
2.23 Mauritius
2.24 Morocco
2.25 Mozambique
2.26 Namibia
2.27 Nigeria
2.27.1 Subscribers
2.27.2 Operator statistics
2.27.3 ARPU statistics
2.28 Rwanda
2.29 Senegal
2.30 Sierra Leone
2.31 South Africa
2.31.1 Subscribers
2.31.2 Operator statistics
2.32 Sudan
2.33 Swaziland
2.34 Tanzania
2.35 Tunisia
2.36 Uganda
2.37 Zambia
2.38 Zimbabwe
List of Tables
Table 1 - Mobile subscribers in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 2 - Mobile penetration in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 3 - Algeria mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 4 - Algeria mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 5 - Algeria mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 6 - Algeria forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 7 - Djezzy blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 8 - Djezzy GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 9 - Angola mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 10 - Angola mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 11 - Angola mobile operators and subscribers - March 2008
Table 12 - Angola forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 13 - Benin mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 14 - Benin mobile subscribers and penetration rate - - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 15 - Benin mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 16 - Benin forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 17 - MTN Benin monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 23 - Burkina Faso mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 24 - Burkina Faso mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 25 - Burkina Faso mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 26 - Celtel Burkina monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 33 - Côte d’Ivoire mobile key statistics - 2007
Table 34 - Côte d’Ivoire mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2007
Table 35 - Côte d’Ivoire mobile operators and subscribers - 2007
Table 46 - Egypt forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 51 - Egypt blended monthly mobile ARPU - 2003 - 2007
Table 53 - Egypt forecast blended mobile ARPU - 2010; 2015
Table 61 - Gambia mobile key statistics - September 2007
Table 62 - Gambia mobile subscribers and penetration rate - - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 64 - Ghana mobile subscribers and penetration rate - - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 65 - Ghana mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 66 - Ghana forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 67 - MTN Ghana monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 68 - Guinea mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 69 - Guinea mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 70 - Guinea mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 71 - MTN Guinea monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 79 - Liberia mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 80 - Liberia mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2008
Table 81 - Liberia mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 82 - LoneStar/MTN Liberia subscribers and market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 83 - MTN Liberia monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2008
Table 87 - Madagascar mobile key statistics - March 2008
Table 88 - Madagascar mobile subscribers, penetration, traffic & revenue - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 89 - Madagascar mobile operators and subscribers - March 2008
Table 90 - Madagascar forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 91 - Zain Madagascar monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 92 - Orange Net mobile data pricing - 2008
Table 93 - Malawi mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 94 - Malawi mobile subscribers and penetration rate - - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 95 - Malawi mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 96 - Zain Malawi monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 97 - Mali mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 100 - Mauritius mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 101 - Mauritius mobile subscribers and penetration rate - - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 102 - Mauritius mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 103 - Cellplus mobile data pricing - 2008
Table 104 - Emtel mobile data pricing - 2008
Table 105 - MTML EV-DO pricing - 2008
Table 106 - Morocco mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 107 - Morocco mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1994; 1996; 1998 - 2008
Table 108 - Morocco mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 109 - Morocco forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 110 - Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers & market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 111 - Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue and EBIT - 2005 - 2008
Table 112 - Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU & churn rate - 2003 - 2008
Table 113 - Maroc Telecom GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 114 - Meditel mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2008
Table 115 - Meditel GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 116 - Mozambique mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 117 - Mozambique mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 118 - Mozambique mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 119 - Vodacom Mozambique monthly ARPU - 2004 - 2008
Table 122 - Namibia mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 124 - Nigeria mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 125 - Nigeria mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 126 - Nigeria mobile operators and subscribers - 2008
Table 127 - Nigeria forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 128 - Starcomms total and mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 129 - Nigeria blended monthly mobile ARPU - 2006 - 2007
Table 130 - MTN Nigeria monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 131 - Celtel Nigeria monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 132 - Nigeria forecast blended monthly mobile ARPU - 2010; 2015
Table 136 - Senegal mobile key statistics - 2008
Table 137 - Senegal mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 138 - Senegal mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 139 - Sonatel Mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2008
Table 140 - Sierra Leone mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 141 - Sierra Leone GSM licences issued
Table 142 - Sierra Leone mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2008
Table 143 - Sierra Leone mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 144 - Zain (Celtel) SL subscribers and market share - 2003 - 2008
Table 145 - Celtel/Zain SL monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 152 - Sudan mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 153 - Sudan mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 154 - Sudan mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 155 - Zain Sudan monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2008
Table 156 - MTN Sudan monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2008
Table 160 - Tanzania mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 161 - Tanzania mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 162 - Tanzania mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 163 - Tunisia mobile key statistics - September 2008
Table 164 - Tunisia mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 165 - Tunisia mobile operators and subscribers - September 2008
Table 166 - Tunisiana subscribers and blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 167 - Tunicell GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 168 - Tunisiana GPRS pricing - 2008

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report