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Benin - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

The Benin - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and 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

Benin, the dwarf that became an international fibre hub

The global economic crisis has led to a downturn in Benin’s economy in 2009 and GDP growth has remained weak at around 3% in 2010. It is expected to exceed pre-crisis levels continuously from 2012 onwards at 5%-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 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.

Benin Telecoms’ mobile unit Libercom is competing with South Africa’s MTN, 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 closer to the African average of around 50%.

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 are available, but 3G mobile broadband services have not yet been introduced. 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 forecasts to end-2011 of the country’s mobile, fixed-line and Internet markets.

Market highlights:

Market analysis 2010 and outlook to 2015;
Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets to end-2011;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
National fibre rollout;
Second international fibre to arrive in 2011;
International fibre bandwidth resale to neighbouring countries;
ADSL, WiMAX and mobile data pricing trends 2009/10;
Mobile ARPU trend 2003-2010.

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;
Internet and broadband development and pricing;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).Estimated market penetration rates in Benin’s telecoms sector - end-2010
MarketPenetration rate
Mobile53%
Fixed1.5%
Internet2.5%

(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

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:

One of the fastest growing mobile markets 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.

  • Executive summary
    • Table Estimated market penetration rates in Benin's telecoms sector - end-2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Benin - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • Telecommunications market
    • Market analysis 2010 and outlook to 2015
  • Regulatory environment
    • Overview
    • West African common regulatory framework 2005
    • The big `clean-up' 2007
  • Fixed-line operators in Benin
    • Benin Telecoms
    • Network infrastructure
      • CDMA2000 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • National fibre backbone
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2011
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine fibre
      • SAT-3/WASC
      • Glo-1 and ACE
    • Terrestrial fibre
    • Satellite
  • Internet market
    • Overview
      • Table Benin's International Internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2009
      • Table Internet subscribers, users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
    • Public Internet access locations
      • Telecentre projects
    • ISP market
      • Kanakoo (formerly BeninNet)
      • Isocel
        • Table Isocel wireless broadband pricing - August 2010
      • Other ISPs
      • Benin Internet Service Providers Association (AFAIB)
    • Benin Internet Society
  • Broadband market
    • ADSL
      • Table DSL versus dial-up subscribers - 2001 - 2009
    • WiMAX
    • WiFi
  • Convergence
    • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Benin's mobile market
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscriber and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN (Spacetel-Benin, Areeba)
        • Table MTN Benin ARPU - 2003 - 2010
      • Moov (Telecel Benin)
      • Libercom (Benin Telecoms)
      • BBCom (Bell Benin)
      • Glo Mobile Benin (Globacom)
    • Government confrontation with MTN and Moov
    • Mobile data services
      • SMS
      • MMS
      • GPRS
    • Mobile content and applications
      • Mobile banking
    • Satellite mobile

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