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Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

Benin now connected to the ACE submarine cable system

Although the telecom market in Benin continues to face considerable hurdles given the country's poor fixed-line infrastructure, recent developments suggest that the sector will be transformed in coming years. Much of this transformation is due to improved international internet connectivity and the rapidly escalating bandwidth available. This is encouraging the deployment of widely available and cheaper services than hitherto. Encouraged by these developments, operators have continued to invest in mobile services which in turn are supporting a range of mobile data applications including m-commerce. Improved telecoms infrastructure has the potential to transform many areas of the country's economy, bringing a greater proportion of the population into the orbit of internet commerce and connectivity.

The third submarine cable system, which came online in 2012, has substantially reduced the cost of international bandwidth. The fixed-line monopoly operator Benin Telecoms has also expanded its fixed-wireless and DSL-based broadband services in recent years, extending its national fibre backbone and international fibre connections. Long-established plans to privatise the company have thus far come to nought, though the government is developing its strategy to sell of the company's assets, including the mobile services unit Libercom which will be spun off as a new entity with separate assets.

The mobile telephony sector enjoys effective competition between Libercom, South Africa's MTN, Etisalat's Moov, Globacom's Glo Mobile, and Bell Benin. Competition among these players pushed market penetration above 100% by mid-2014.

Although fixed-line internet services have been available in Benin since 1995, access is limited a small proportion of the population. Fixed-line internet represents less that 10% of all accesses, with most connections being made via the mobile networks.

The country's first licence for 3G and 4G mobile broadband services was awarded in early 2012. In May 2013 the government launched a tender for Universal Service Licenses'. In the following month licenses were awarded to MTN and Etisalat's Moov. The licences are technology neutral, enabling the operators to offer services based on 3G, LTE and mobile WiMAX technologies.

The vast majority of mobile subscribers are prepaid, with contract subscribers representing only about 0.4% of the total subscriber base.

Estimated market penetration by service end-2014
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 102%
Fixed | 1.7%
Internet | 11.8%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Key developments:

Benin connected to ACE submarine network;
Etisalat Group completes sale of Atlantique Telecom (Moov) operations to Maroc Telecom;
Benin Telecoms launches LTE services;
Orange enters talks to acquire Libercom;
Etisalat Moov launches 3G services, introduces its Flous' m-commerce service;
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donate funds to a mobile vaccine registry program;
Regulator renamed as the Autorité de Regulation des Communications et de la Poste (ARCEP);
Report update includes telcos' operating data to Q1 2015, regulator's market data to December 2014, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN, Moov (Telecel), Libercom, BBCom (Bell Benin), Glo Mobile (Globacom), Benin Telecoms (OPT), Kanakoo (BeninNet), Isocel, EIT, FirstNet, Arts Bobo, Sobiex Informatique, Global Trading Agency, Afripa Telecom, Thuraya, Nitel, Suburban Telecom, CEB.

Publication overview:

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Benin's telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors.

Subjects include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE).


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis and outlook
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 Main One and Glo-1
6.1.3 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 Isocel Telecom
7.3.3 Other ISPs
7.3.4 Benin Internet Service Providers Association (AFAIB)
7.4 Benin Internet Society
8. Broadband market
8.1 ADSL
8.2 EV-DO
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
10.1.2 Mobile market shares
10.1.3 Spectrum auction 2013
10.2 Major mobile operators
10.2.1 MTN (Spacetel-Benin, Areeba)
10.2.2 Moov (Etisalat Moov)
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 data services
10.4.1 SMS
10.4.2 MMS
10.4.3 GPRS
10.5 3G/UMTS
10.6 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
10.7 Mobile internet statistics
10.8 Mobile content and applications
10.8.1 M-banking
10.8.2 M-Health
10.9 Satellite mobile
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Benin 2014 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2014 (Jun)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2014 (Mar)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (Jun)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom market investment by sector 2012 - 2014
Table 8 Fixed-line and mobile revenue 2006 - 2014
Table 9 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Table 11 Fixed lines in service by type 2006 - 2014
Table 12 Benin's international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2013
Table 13 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 14 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Internet subscribers by technology 2009 - 2015
Table 16 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2008 - 2014
Table 17 DSL subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 18 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 19 Wireless broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 20 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2013 - 2014
Table 21 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 22 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Table 23 Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 24 Mobile market investments 2006- 2013
Table 25 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 - 2014
Table 26 MTN Benin subscribers and ARPU 2003 - 2014
Table 27 MTN Benin revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 28 Moov subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 29 Libercom subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 30 BBCom subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 31 Glo Mobile subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 32 Mobile internet subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 33 Mobile internet subscribers by provider 2009 - 2014
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 Internet subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 2 Map of Benin

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