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

Mobile phones represent more than 90% of all telephone lines in Africa. Market penetration passed the 65% mark in early 2012, with an annual growth rate of around 20%. However, individual markets are still growing at 50% p.a. or more, and others stand at less than half the penetration rate. The continent’s most advanced markets have passed the 100% penetration mark.

The introduction of prepaid services and a steady decline in tariffs has meant that two thirds of Africa’s more than one billion people can now afford a mobile phone. However, as lower income groups are being targeted, the declining Average Revenue per User (ARPU) is putting pressure on the network operators profit margins. Price wars have broken out in some markets where a large number of operators have been licensed. Despite this, international investors are still very keen to enter the market through new mobile licences or shares in existing mobile operations in Africa.

Mobile broadband technologies are increasingly being used as a substitute for poor or non-existent fixed-line infrastructure in Africa. As subscriber growth peaks in the voice market, many mobile network operators have established themselves as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and are playing an increasing role in the broadband sector, competing directly with fixed or wireless broadband services such as DSL and WiMAX – a welcome new revenue stream in an environment of shrinking voice ARPU.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • NATIONAL COMPARISONS
    • Table Active mobile subscribers in selected African countries - 2009 - 2012
    • Table Active mobile penetration in selected African countries - 2009 - 2012
  • ALGERIA
    • Table Angola - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS STATISTICS
      • Table Algeria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Algeria - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Algeria - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - September 2010
      • Table Algeria - Djezzy blended ARPU - 2002 - 2010
  • ANGOLA
    • Table Angola - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS STATISTICS
      • Table Angola - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS STATISTICS FORECASTS
      • Table Angola - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
  • BENIN
    • Table Benin - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS STATISTICS
      • Table Benin - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table MTN Benin ARPU - 2003 - 2010
  • BOTSWANA
    • Table Botswana - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Botswana - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Botswana - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - September 2010
      • Table Botswana - Mascom ARPU - 2005 - 2011
  • BURKINA FASO
    • Table Burkina Faso - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Burkina Faso - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Zain Burkina Faso subscribers and ARPU - 2006 - 2009
      • Table Zain Burkina Faso financial results and capital expenditure - 2006 - 2009
      • Table Burkina Faso - Telmob subscribers and ARPU - 2007 - 2011
  • BURUNDI
    • Table Burundi - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Burundi - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
  • CAMEROON
    • Table Cameroon- Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Cameroon - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Cameroon - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Cameroon - mobile subscribers by technology and operator- June 2011
      • Table MTN Cameroon ARPU - 2003 - 2011
  • CHAD
    • Table Chad - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Chad - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Zain Chad subscribers - 2005 - 2010
      • Table Zain Chad ARPU - 2002 - 2009
      • Table Tigo Chad subscribers - 2008 - 2011
      • Table Tigo Chad quarterly ARPU - 2009 - 2010
  • COTE D'IVOIRE
    • Table Cote D'Ivoire - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Cote D'Ivoire - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Cote d'Ivoire - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2014; 2017
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Cote d'Ivoire - MTN-CI subscribers - 2002 - 2011
      • Table MTN Côte d'Ivoire ARPU - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Cote d'Ivoire - Orange CI subscribers - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Cote d'Ivoire - Comium CI subscribers - 2007 - 2010
  • DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
    • Table DRC - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table DRC - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table DRC - Vodacom Congo subscribers - 2002 - 2011
      • Table DRC - Vodacom Congo ARPU - 2003 - 2011
      • Table Zain DRC ARPU - 2002 - 2009
  • DJIBOUTI
    • Table Djibouti - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Djibouti - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2012
  • EGYPT
    • Table Egypt - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Egypt - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2000 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Egypt - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Egypt - Mobinil active subscribers - 2000 - 2011
      • Table Egypt - Mobinil financial results - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Egypt - Mobinil blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Vodafone Egypt subscribers - 2000 - 2011
      • Table Vodafone Egypt blended monthly ARPU - 2003 - 2011
  • ERITREA
    • Table Eritrea - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Eritrea - mobile subscribers and penetration - 2004 - 2012
  • ETHIOPIA
    • Table Ethiopia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Ethiopia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Ethiopia - forecast mobile subscribers - 2014; 2017
  • GABON
    • Table Gabon - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Gabon - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Zain Gabon subscribers and ARPU - 2002 - 2009
      • Table Gabon - Libertis subscribers and ARPU - 2007 - 2011
  • GAMBIA
    • Table Gambia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Gambia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATORS STATISTICS
      • Table Africell Gambia 3G mobile broadband pricing - 2012
  • GHANA
    • Table Ghana - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Ghana - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Ghana - forecast mobile subscribers - 2014; 2017
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Ghana - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - May 2012
      • Table MTN Ghana ARPU - 2002 - 2010
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table MTN Ghana 3G mobile broadband pricing - August 2010
      • Table Vodafone Ghana 3G mobile broadband prepaid pricing - August 2010
      • Table Vodafone Ghana 3G mobile broadband postpaid pricing - August 2010
  • GUINEA
    • Table Guinea - Mobile statistics overview - 2011
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Guinea - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU - 2006 - 2010
      • Table Orange Guinea subscribers - 2007 - 2011
  • KENYA
    • Table Kenya - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Kenya - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Kenya - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Kenya - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - December 2011
      • Table Kenya Safaricom voice/data revenue composition - 2011
      • Table Kenya - Safaricom ARPU - 2007 - 2011
      • Table Zain Kenya ARPU - 2006 - 2009
  • LESOTHO
    • Table Lesotho - Mobile statistics overview - 2011
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Lesotho - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Vodacom Lesotho subscribers, ARPU and churn rate - 2002 - 2011
  • LIBERIA
    • Table Liberia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Liberia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2001 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table LoneStar/MTN Liberia subscribers, ARPU and market share - 2003 - 2011
  • LIBYA
    • Table Libya - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Libya - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Libyana 3G/HSDPA broadband pricing - 2010 - 2012
  • MADAGASCAR
    • Table Madagascar - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Madagascar - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Madagascar - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Zain Madagascar financial data before takeover - 2006 - 2009
      • Table Orange Madagascar subscribers - 2007 - 2011
  • MALAWI
    • Table Malawi - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Malawi - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Malawi - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2014; 2017
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Malawi - TNM (Telekom Networks Malawi) financial results - 2009 - 2011
      • Table Malawi - TNM (Telekom Networks Malawi) ARPU - 2003 - 2011
  • MALI
    • Table Mali - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Mali - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mali - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - June 2011
      • Table Malitel subscribers and ARPU - 2008 - 2011
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Mali - Orange Mali mobile data pricing - 2012
      • Table Mali - Malitel GPRS pricing - 2012
  • MAURITIUS
    • Table Mauritius - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Mauritius - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Mauritius - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mauritius - Orange mobile data/3G broadband post-paid pricing - 2008/09, 2011, 2012
      • Table Mauritius - Emtel mobile data/3G broadband pricing - 2011
      • Table Mauritius - MTML EV-DO mobile broadband pricing - 2012
  • MOROCCO
    • Table Morocco - Mobile statistics overview - 2011
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Morocco - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Morocco - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - September 2011
      • Table Morocco - 3G mobile broadband subscribers by operator and market share - September 2011
      • Table Maroc Telecom domestic mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Maroc Telecom domestic blended monthly mobile ARPU and churn rate in Morocco - 2003 – 2011
      • Table Maroc Telecom domestic mobile revenue and EBIT - 2005 - 2011
      • Table Maroc Telecom 3G broadband pricing - 2009 vs 2010
      • Table Maroc Telecom GPRS pricing - July 2010
      • Table Morocco - Meditel mobile subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Morocco - Meditel 3G+ broadband pricing - 2009 vs 2010
  • MOZAMBIQUE
    • Table Morocco - Mobile statistics overview - 2013
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Mozambique - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Mozambique - Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2014; 2017
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mozambique - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - September 2010
      • Table Vodacom Mozambique financial results - 2007 - 2010
      • Table Vodacom 3G post-paid pricing - 2010-2012
      • Table Vodacom Mozambique ARPU - 2004 - 2012
      • Table Mozambique - mCel 3G prepaid pricing - 2010-2012
  • NAMIBIA
    • Table Namibia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Namibia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2012
    • DATA STATISTICS
      • Table Namibia - Netman 3G mobile broadband pricing - May 2012
      • Table Namibia - Netman 4G mobile broadband pricing - May 2012
  • NIGERIA
    • Table Nigeria - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Nigeria - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Nigeria - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Nigeria - mobile subscribers by technology and operator - December 2011
      • Table MTN Nigeria ARPU - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Zain Nigeria ARPU - 2006 - 2009
      • Table Nigeria - Starcomms total and mobility/mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2011
  • RWANDA
    • Table Rwanda - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Rwanda - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Rwanda - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Rwanda - mobile subscribers by operator - November 2011
  • SENEGAL
    • Table Senegal - Mobile statistics overview - 2013
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Senegal - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Senegal - Mobile subscribers in Senegal by operator and annual change - June 2012
      • Table Senegal - Sonatel/Orange mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2012
      • Table Orange Senegal mobile ARPU, prepaid versus postpaid - 2004 - 2012
  • SIERRA LEONE
    • Table Sierra Leone - Mobile statistics overview - 2011
    • MOBILE LICENCES
      • Table Sierra Leone - GSM licences and operations - 1998 - 2011
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Sierra Leone - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Sierra Leone - Zain SL subscribers and market share - 2003 - 2009
      • Table Sierra Leone - Zain mobile Internet pricing by data download - January 2010
      • Table Sierra Leone - Celtel/Zain SL ARPU - 2002 - 2009
  • SOMALIA
    • Table Somalia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Somalia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2012
  • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Table South Africa - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table South Africa - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1994 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table South Africa - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table MTN South Africa subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2011
      • Table MTN South Africa key statistics - six months ended June 2011
      • Table Vodacom South Africa subscribers and market share - 2002 - 2011
      • Table Vodacom South Africa broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2011
      • Table Vodacom South Africa key statistics - year ended March 2011
      • Table South Africa - Telkom SA mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2011
      • Table South Africa - Telkom SA WiMAX subscribers - 2008 - 2011
      • Table South Africa - Sentech MyWireless subscribers - 2005 - 2008
  • SUDAN
    • Table Sudan - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Sudan - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Zain Sudan subscribers and ARPU - 2003 - 2012
      • Table MTN Sudan subscribers and ARPU - 2006 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Sudan - Sudani 3G mobile broadband pricing - July 2012
  • SWAZILAND
    • Table Swaziland - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Swaziland - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Swaziland - Swazi MTN messaging prices - 2009; 2010
      • Table Swaziland - Swazi MTN ARPU - 2001 - 2011
  • TANZANIA
    • Table Tanzania - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Tanzania - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Tanzania - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Tanzania - mobile subscribers by operator and annual change - September 2011
      • Table Vodacom Tanzania ARPU - 2003 - 2011
      • Table Zain Tanzania ARPU - 2002 - 2009
  • TUNISIA
    • Table Tunisia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Tunisia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2012
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Tunisiana subscribers and blended monthly ARPU - 2002 - 2011
  • UGANDA
    • Table Uganda - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Uganda - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Uganda - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table MTN Uganda subscribers - 2000 - 2012
      • Table MTN Uganda ARPU - 2002 - 2012
      • Table Zain Uganda subscribers - 2002 - 2009
      • Table Zain Uganda ARPU - 2006 - 2009
      • Table Orange Uganda mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Uganda - Warid Telecom GPRS/EDGE pricing - 2012
      • Table Uganda Telecom GPRS/EDGE pricing - 2012
      • Table MTN Uganda Blackberry pricing - 2012
  • ZAMBIA
    • Table Zambia - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Zambia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2012
    • FORECASTS MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Zambia - forecast mobile subscribers - 2013; 2016
    • OPERATOR STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile ARPU in Zambia - Zain and MTN - 2005 - 2009/10
  • ZIMBABWE
    • Table Zimbabwe - Mobile statistics overview - 2012
    • SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Zimbabwe - mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2012

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