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


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

This report provides 215 statistical tables for the mobile voice and data communications activities for the major 38 African countries. Full details are given elsewhere in the annual reports listed at the end of the Contents section.  


Mobile phone networks dominate Africa’s telecommunications markets, providing around 90% of all subscriber connections. The subscriber base is still growing at around 30% per year across the continent, but the growth curves have begun to flatten in the continent’s more mature markets, forcing operators to compete more aggressively on price, quality of service and by introducing new services. However, further subscriber growth potential remains, with overall market penetration standing at only around 45% while the first African countries have 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’. Many of them are building national fibre backbone networks rivalling those of the fixed-line incumbents. However, newly introduced converged licensing regimes are now also allowing many old national telcos and other second tier players to enter the lucrative mobile market, 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 third-generation (3G and 3.5G) 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 conventional bank accounts.  

These new services provide welcome new revenue streams in an almost entirely prepaid environment of low average revenue per user (ARPU) levels. Mobile ARPU has bottomed in some African markets, rising again on the back of mobile data services and streamlined operations, but in others it has fallen to new lows due to price wars between a sometimes unsustainable numbers of licensed competing networks. The future is likely to bring some consolidation to the most crowded markets.  

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

1. Algeria
1.1 Overview
1.2 Subscribers
1.3 Operator statistics
1.4 Forecasts
2. ANGOLA
2.1 Overview
2.2 Subscribers
2.3 Operator statistics
3. BENIN
3.1 Overview
3.2 Subscribers
3.3 Operator statistics
4. BOTSWANA
4.1 Overview
4.2 Subscribers
4.3 Operator statistics
5. BURKINA FASO
5.1 Overview
5.2 Operator ARPU
6. CAMEROON
6.1 Overview
6.2 Subscribers
6.3 Operator ARPU
7. CHAD
7.1 Overview
7.2 Subscribers
7.3 Operator statistics
8. CÔTE D’IVOIRE (Ivory Coast)
8.1 Overview
8.2 Subscribers
8.3 Industry finances
8.4 Operator ARPU
9. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
9.1 Overview
9.2 Subscribers
10. Egypt
10.1 Overview
10.2 Subscribers
10.3 Operator statistics
11. ETHIOPIA
11.1 Overview
11.2 Subscribers
12. GABON
12.1 Overview
12.2 Subscribers
12.3 Operator ARPU
13. GAMBIA
13.1 Overview
13.2 Subscribers
14. Ghana
14.1 Overview
14.2 Subscribers
14.3 Operator ARPU
15. Guinea
15.1 Overview
15.2 Subscribers
15.3 Operator ARPU
16. Kenya
16.1 Overview
16.2 Subscribers
16.3 Operator statistics
17. Lesotho
17.1 Overview
17.2 Subscribers
17.3 Operator statistics
18. Liberia
18.1 Overview
18.2 Subscribers
18.3 Operator statistics
19. Libya
19.1 Overview
19.2 Subscribers
19.3 Operator statistics
20. MADAGASCAR
20.1 Overview
20.2 Subscribers
20.3 Operator statistics
21. MALAWI
21.1 Overview
21.2 Subscribers
21.3 Operator statistics
22. MALI
22.1 Overview
22.2 Subscribers
23. MAURITIUS
23.1 Overview
23.2 Subscribers
23.3 Operator statistics
24. Morocco
24.1 Overview
24.2 Subscribers
24.3 Operator statistics
25. MOZAMBIQUE
25.1 Overview
25.2 Subscribers
25.3 Operator statistics
26. NAMIBIA
26.1 Overview
26.2 Subscribers
26.3 Operator statistics
27. Nigeria
27.1 Overview
27.2 Subscribers
27.3 Operator statistics
28. RWANDA
28.1 Overview
28.2 Subscribers
28.3 Operator statistics
29. SENEGAL
29.1 Overview
29.2 Subscribers
29.3 Operator statistics
30. Sierra Leone
30.1 Overview
30.2 Subscribers
30.3 Operator statistics
31. South Africa
31.1 Overview
31.2 Subscribers
31.3 Operator statistics
32. Sudan
32.1 Overview
32.2 Subscribers
32.3 Operator statistics
33. Swaziland
33.1 Overview
33.2 Subscribers
33.3 Operator statistics
34. TANZANIA
34.1 Overview
34.2 Subscribers
34.3 Operator statistics
35. TUNISIA
35.1 Overview
35.2 Subscribers
35.3 Operator statistics
36. Uganda
36.1 Overview
36.2 Subscribers
36.3 Operator statistics
37. ZAMBIA
37.1 Overview
37.2 Subscribers
37.3 Operator statistics
38. Zimbabwe
38.1 Overview
38.2 Subscribers
Table 1 - Algeria - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 2 - Algeria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 3 - Algeria - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 4 - Algeria - Djezzy blended ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 5 - Algeria - Djezzy GPRS pricing - 2009
Table 6 - Algeria - forecast mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2013
Table 7 - Algeria - forecast blended mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2013
Table 8 - Algeria - forecast mobile services market size - 2009 - 2013
Table 9 - Angola - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 10 - Angola - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 11 - Angola - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 12 - Angola - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 13 - Angola - Unitel 3G broadband pricing - 2009
Table 14 - Benin - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 15 - Benin - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 16 - Benin - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 17 - Benin - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 18 - Benin - MTN Benin ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 19 - Botswana - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 20 - Botswana - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
Table 21 - Botswana - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 22 - Botswana - Mascom mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 23 - Botswana - Mascom 3G broadband pricing - 2009
Table 24 - Botswana - Mascom monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2009
Table 25 - Botswana - Orange Botswana mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 26 - Botswana - Orange Flybox 3G+ pricing - 2009
Table 27 - Burkina Faso - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 28 - Burkina Faso - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 29 - Burkina Faso - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - Sept 2009
Table 30 - Burkina Faso - Zain Burkina Faso ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 31 - Burkina Faso - Telmob ARPU - 2007 - 2009
Table 32 - Cameroon - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 33 - Cameroon - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 1996; 1998 - 2009
Table 34 - Cameroon - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 35 - Cameroon - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 36 - Cameroon - MTN Cameroon ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 37 - Chad - key mobile statistics - June 2009
Table 11 - Chad - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2009
Table 38 - Chad - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - June 2009
Table 39 - Chad - Zain Chad subscribers - 2005 - 2009
Table 40 - Chad - Zain Chad ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 12 - Chad - Tchad Mobile (defunct) subscribers - 2001 - 2004
Table 41 - Chad - Tigo Chad quarterly ARPU, local currency versus US$ - 2009
Table 42 - Ivory Coast - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 43 - Ivory Coast - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 44 - Ivory Coast - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 45 - Ivory Coast - mobile revenues and CAPEX - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 46 - Ivory Coast - MTN Côte d’Ivoire ARPU - 2005 - 2009
Table 47 - Dem Rep Congo - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 48 - Dem Rep Congo - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998 - 2009
Table 49 - Dem Rep Congo - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 50 - Dem Rep Congo - Vodacom Congo subscribers - 2002 - 2009
Table 51 - Dem Rep Congo - Vodacom Congo mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 52 - Dem Rep Congo - Vodacom Congo ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 53 - Dem Rep Congo - Zain DRC ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 54 - Egypt - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 55 - Egypt - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 56 - Egypt - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 57 - Egypt - Mobinil active subscribers - 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 58 - Egypt - Mobinil key performance indicators - 2002 - 2008
Table 59 - Egypt - Mobinil blended monthly ARPU and AUPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 60 - Egypt - Vodafone Egypt subscribers - 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 61 - Egypt - Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2007
Table 62 - Ethiopia - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 63 - Ethiopia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 64 - Ethiopia - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 65 - Gabon - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 66 - Gabon - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 67 - Gabon - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 68 - Gabon - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 69 - Gabon - Zain Gabon ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 70 - Gabon - Libertis ARPU - 2007 - 2009
Table 71 - Gambia - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 72 - Gambia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 73 - Gambia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 74 - Ghana - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 75 - Ghana - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 76 - Ghana - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 77 - Ghana - MTN Ghana monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 78 - Guinea - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 79 - Guinea - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 80 - Guinea - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 81 - Guinea - MTN Guinea monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 82 - Kenya - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 83 - Kenya - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 84 - Kenya - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 85 - Kenya - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 86 - Kenya - Zain Kenya GPRS/EDGE pricing - 2009
Table 87 - Kenya - Safaricom monthly ARPU - 2007 - 2009
Table 88 - Kenya - Zain Kenya monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 89 - Lesotho - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 90 - Lesotho - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 91 - Lesotho - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 92 - Vodacom Lesotho ARPU and churn rate - 2002 - 2009
Table 93 - Liberia - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 94 - Liberia - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2001 - 2010
Table 95 - Liberia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 96 - Liberia - LoneStar/MTN Liberia subscribers and market share - 2003 - 2009
Table 97 - Liberia - MTN Liberia (LoneStar) ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 98 - Libya - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 99 - Libya - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 100 - Libya - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 101 - Libya - Libyana 3G/HSDPA broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 102 - Madagascar - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 103 - Madagascar - subscribers, penetration, traffic and revenue - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 104 - Madagascar - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 105 - Madagascar - forecast - mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 106 - Madagascar - Zain Madagascar subscribers and ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 107 - Madagascar - Zain Madagascar financial data - 2006 - 2009
Table 108 - Madagascar - Orange Net mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 109 - Madagascar - Telma Net mobile data pricing - November 2009
Table 110 - Malawi - key mobile statistics - June 2009
Table 111 - Malawi - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 112 - Malawi - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - June 2009
Table 113 - Malawi - Zain Malawi subscribers, market share and ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 114 - Malawi - TNM GPRS pricing - October 2009
Table 115 - Mali - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 116 - Mali - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2010
Table 117 - Mali - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 118 - Mauritius - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 119 - Mauritius - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 120 - Mauritius - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 121 - Mauritius - Orange mobile data/3G broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 122 - Mauritius - Emtel mobile data/3G broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 123 - Mauritius - MTML EV-DO mobile broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 124 - Morocco - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 125 - Morocco - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1994; 1996; 1998 - 2009
Table 126 - Morocco - mobile subscribers by operators and technology - Dec 2008
Table 127 - Morocco - Maroc Telecom domestic subscribers, market share - 2002 - 2009
Table 128 - Morocco - Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue and EBIT - 2005 - 2008
Table 129 - Morocco - Maroc Telecom GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 130 - Morocco - Maroc Telecom domestic ARPU and churn rate - 2003 - 2008
Table 131 - Morocco - Meditel mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2009
Table 132 - Morocco - Meditel GPRS pricing - 2008
Table 133 - Mozambique - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 134 - Mozambique - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 135 - Mozambique - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 136 - Mozambique - mCel financial overview - 2006 - 2008
Table 137 - Mozambique - mCel mobile data pricing - November 2009
Table 138 - Mozambique - mCel BlackBerry service pricing, home versus business - November 2009
Table 139 - Mozambique - Vodacom Mozambique financial overview - 2007 - 2009
Table 140 - Mozambique - Vodacom Mozambique monthly ARPU - 2004 - 2009
Table 141 - Namibia - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 142 - Namibia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 143 - Namibia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 144 - Namibia - MTC ARPU - 2004 - 2009
Table 145 - Namibia - MTC mobile data bundle pricing - November 2009
Table 146 - Nigeria - key mobile statistics - April 2009
Table 147 - Nigeria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
Table 148 - Nigeria - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 149 - Nigeria - MTN Nigeria monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 150 - Nigeria - Celtel Nigeria monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 151 - Nigeria - Starcomms total and mobility/mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2009
Table 152 - Rwanda - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 153 - Rwanda - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 154 - Rwanda - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 155 - Rwanda - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 156 - Rwanda - MTN Rwanda ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 157 - Senegal - key mobile statistics - September 2009
Table 158 - Senegal - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 159 - Senegal - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - September 2009
Table 160 - Senegal - Sonatel Mobiles subscribers - 1999 - 2009
Table 161 - Senegal - Orange mobile ARPU, prepaid versus postpaid - 2004 - 2008
Table 162 - Senegal - Orange GPRS pricing - 2009
Table 163 - Senegal - Expresso E-express mobile Internet pricing - 2009
Table 164 - Sierra Leone - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 165 - Sierra Leone - GSM licences issued - 1998 - 2009
Table 166 - Sierra Leone - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2010
Table 167 - Sierra Leone - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 168 - Sierra Leone - Zain SL subscribers and market share - 2003 - 2009
Table 169 - Sierra Leone - Zain mobile Internet pricing by data download - January 2010
Table 170 - Sierra Leone - Celtel/Zain SL ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 171 - South Africa - key mobile statistics - June 2009
Table 172 - South Africa - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1994; 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 173 - South Africa - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 174 - South Africa - Vodacom South Africa key statistics - September 2009
Table 175 - South Africa - Vodacom South Africa subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2009
Table 176 - South Africa - Vodacom active 3G/HSDPA broadband users - 2006 - 2009
Table 177 - South Africa - MTN South Africa key statistics - September 2009
Table 178 - South Africa - MTN South Africa subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2009
Table 179 - Sudan - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 180 - Sudan - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
Table 181 - Sudan - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 182 - Sudan - Zain Sudan ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 183 - Sudan - MTN Sudan ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 184 - Swaziland - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 185 - Swaziland - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 186 - Swaziland - Swazi MTN messaging prices - December 2009
Table 187 - Swaziland - Swazi MTN ARPU - 2001 - 2009
Table 188 - Tanzania - key mobile statistics - June 2009
Table 189 - Tanzania - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 190 - Tanzania - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 191 - Tanzania - mobile subscribers by operator - June 2009 (TCRA)
Table 192 - Tanzania - Vodacom Tanzania mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 193 - Tanzania - Vodacom Tanzania ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 194 - Tanzania - Zain Tanzania ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 195 - Tunisia - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 196 - Tunisia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 197 - Tunisia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 198 - Tunisia - Tunisiana subscribers and blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 199 - Tunisia - Tunicell GPRS/EDGE pricing - November 2009
Table 200 - Tunisia - Tunisiana GPRS/EDGE pricing - November 2009
Table 201 - Uganda - key mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 202 - Uganda - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2009
Table 203 - Uganda - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - March 2009
Table 204 - Uganda - forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 205 - Uganda - MTN Uganda subscribers - 2000 - 2009
Table 206 - Uganda - MTN Uganda ARPU - 2002 - 2009
Table 207 - Uganda - Zain Uganda ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 208 - Zambia - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 209 - Zambia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 210 - Zambia - mobile subscribers by operator and technology - September 2009
Table 211 - Zambia - Mobile ARPU for Zain/Celtel and MTN - 2005 - 2009
Table 212 - Zambia - Zain Zambia prepaid mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 213 - Zimbabwe - key mobile statistics - 2009
Table 214 - Zimbabwe - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2010

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