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Benin - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband & Forecasts

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The Benin - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband & Forecasts report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

Executive summary

The global economic crisis has led to only a slight downturn in Benin’s economy in 2009, which is expected to continue in 2010 with GDP growth of around 3% before exceeding pre-crisis levels continuously from 2011 onwards at around 6% per annum. Telecom service providers in the country have reacted to the downturn with price cuts and the introduction of innovative new services.

Fixed-line monopolist Benin Telecoms (BT) is expanding its CDMA2000 fixed-wireless and its ADSL broadband service and has launched the country’s first WiMAX wireless broadband network. In parallel it has been extending its national fibre backbone and international fibre connections, enabling it to act as a national and regional bandwidth hub. To fully exploit these assets, the company will depend on capital and management from a strategic international investor. Its privatisation has been planned since 2006 but has so far not come to fruition.

BT’s mobile unit Libercom is currently losing customers to its more aggressive and innovative competitors, first and foremost the country’s fifth mobile network which launched in mid 2008, operated by Nigeria’s Globacom. South Africa’s MTN is still the mobile market leader, followed by Etisalat’s Moov, Globacom’s Glo Mobile, and Bell Benin which is operating under the name BBCom. The increased level of competition has taken market penetration close to the African average of around 40%.

Although the Internet has been available in Benin since 1995, it is used by only a small percentage of the population. Development of the sector has been hampered by the poor fixed-line network and the high cost of international connectivity. Mobile data services have been introduced, but 3G mobile broadband services have not yet been licensed. The arrival of a second international submarine fibre optic cable to compete with the SAT-3/WASC cable from 2011 is expected to lead to drastic reductions in the cost of international bandwidth.

This report provides an overview of the telecommunications sector in Benin, profiles of major players in all market sectors, key statistics, analysis and scenario forecasts to 2010 and 2015 of the country’s mobile, fixed-line and Internet markets.

Key highlights:

Market analysis 2009 and outlook to 2014;
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets to 2010 and 2015;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
National fibre rollout update;
Second international fibre to arrive in 2011;
International fibre bandwidth resale to neighbouring countries;
ADSL and mobile data pricing trends 2008/09;
WiMAX launch, VoIP bundling;
Mobile banking launch;
Mobile ARPU trend 2003-2009.MTN Benin ARPU - 2003 - 2009
YearARPU (US$/month)
2009 (Sep)12
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Benin, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

The fastest growing mobile market in the region;
The regional hub for international fibre bandwidth;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Benin’s

telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:

Key statistics;
Market and industry overviews;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Regulatory environment and structural reform;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Infrastructure development;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Average Revenue per User (ARPU);
Internet and broadband development and pricing;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis 2009 and outlook to 2014
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Overview
4.2 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.3 The big ‘clean-up’ 2007
5. Fixed-line operators in Benin
5.1 Benin Telecoms
5.2 Network infrastructure
5.2.1 CDMA2000 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.2.2 National fibre backbone
5.3 Fixed-line statistics
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Submarine fibre
6.1.1 SAT-3/WASC
6.1.2 Glo-1 and ACE
6.2 Terrestrial fibre
6.3 Satellite
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.2 Public Internet access locations
7.2.1 Telecentre projects
7.3 ISP market
7.3.1 Kanakoo (formerly BeninNet)
7.3.2 Other ISPs
7.3.3 Benin Internet Service Providers Association (AFAIB)
7.4 Benin Internet Society
8. Broadband market
8.1 Overview
8.1.1 Broadband statistics
8.2 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.3 WiMAX
8.4 WiFi
9. Convergence
9.1 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
10. Mobile communications
10.1 Overview of Benin’s mobile market
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.2 Major mobile operators
10.2.1 MTN (Spacetel-Benin, Areeba)
10.2.2 Moov (Telecel Benin)
10.2.3 Libercom (Benin Telecoms)
10.2.4 BBCom (Bell Benin)
10.2.5 Glo Mobile Benin (Globacom)
10.3 Government confrontation with MTN and Moov
10.4 Mobile voice services
10.4.1 Satellite mobile
10.5 Mobile data services
10.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
10.5.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
10.5.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
10.6 Mobile content and applications
10.6.1 Mobile banking
11. Forecasts
11.1 Forecasts - fixed-line market - 2010; 2015
11.2 Forecasts - Internet users - 2010; 2015
11.3 Forecasts - mobile market - 2010; 2015
11.4 Notes on scenario forecasts
12. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Country statistics Benin - 2009
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2008
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2009
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2008
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - March 2009
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2008
Table 8 - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2008
Table 9 - Broadband versus dial-up subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 10 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 11 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
Table 12 - MTN Benin ARPU - 2003 - 2009
Table 13 - Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 14 - Forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 15 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2010; 2015
Exhibit 1 - West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 2 - Map of Benin
Exhibit 3 - Benin Telecoms ADSL points of presence - November 2009

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