Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Benin mobile competition to break MTN and Moov duopoly
Development within Benin's telecom market continues to be restricted by the poor condition of the country's fixed-line infrastructure. The use of fixed-line voice and internet services is low, and consequently little revenue is derived from these sectors. Mobile networks account for almost all internet connections, and also carry most voice traffic. As such, it is this sector which is attracting most investment among the two remaining operators, following the closure of services from Glo Mobile and Libercom in 2018.
However, progress is being made in developing fibre infrastructure, partly by the ISP Isocel and partly by support from the World Bank and the government which is aiming to extend broadband more widely and so develop digital inclusion. Other schemes include the government's Smart Gouv program by which all services can be accessible from a single point of entry.
Improved international internet connectivity has also contributed to a reduction in end-user pricing. This additional bandwidth has assisted MTN Benin and Moov to expand their networks and provided the necessary backhaul capacity to support the growing use of mobile data applications and services, including m-commerce and m-banking. 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 fixed-line monopoly operator be.Telecoms (rebranded from Bénin Télécoms in October 2015) 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 through the government's strategy to sell of the company's assets the mobile services unit Libercom was spun off and disbanded, with its subscriber base being migrated to MTN's network.
Although fixed-line internet services have been available in Benin since 1995, access is limited to a small proportion of the population. Fixed-line internet represents only a small fraction of all accesses, with most connections being made via mobile networks. To address these limitations, the government and regulator have been engaged in an ICT development program which aims to provide telecoms services to 80% of the country, mostly via mobile infrastructure.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Isocel makes progress in fibre network build project;
Benin Smart City construction starts;
Government launches a national interoperability platform for its smart government (Smart Gouv) program;
MTN Benin extends managed services partnership with Ericsson;
Infrastructure provider SBIN to enter Benin's mobile market;
Orange commissions new connection from the ACE submarine cable, connecting Benin with Tenerife;
be.Telecoms launches LTE services;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2020, telcos' operating data to Q2 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


1 Key statistics
1.1 TMI vs GDP
1.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
1.3 Fixed and mobile broadband
2 Country overview
3 Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5 Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.2 Fixed network developments
5.3 Mobile network developments
6 Mobile market
6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators
6.5 Mobile content and applications
7 Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Broadband statistics
7.3 Public Internet Access Locations
7.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8 Fixed network operators
8.1 be.Telecoms (Bénin Télécoms)
9 Telecommunications infrastructure
9.1 Overview of the national telecom network
9.2 International infrastructure
9.3 Smart infrastructure
10 Appendix Historic data
11 Glossary of abbreviations
12 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Benin 2020 (e)
Table 2 Telecom market investment by sector 2012 2019
Table 3 Development of fixed-line and mobile revenue 2010 2019
Table 4 Change in mobile revenue by operator 2012 2018
Table 5 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 6 Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Table 7 Development of mobile market investment 2010 2019
Table 8 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 2020
Table 9 Decline in SMS traffic 2012 2020
Table 10 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers 2010 2020
Table 11 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 12 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Table 13 Change in the number of mobile internet subscribers by platform 2019 2020
Table 14 Growth in the number of MTN Benin's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 15 Decline in MTN Benin's mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Table 16 Development of MTN Benin's financial data 2011 2020
Table 17 Growth in the number of Moov's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of mobile money subscribers by provider 2016 2020
Table 19 Increase in the value of m-money transactions by provider 2017 2019
Table 20 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration 2010 2018
Table 21 Change in the number of internet subscribers by technology 2010 2020
Table 22 Change in the market share of fixed internet subscribers by operator 2014 2020
Table 23 DSL subscribers 2010 2018
Table 24 Change in the number of Isocel's broadband subscribers 2014 2020
Table 25 Decline in Bénin Télécoms' revenue 2010 2019
Table 26 Change in Benin Telecoms' fixed-line revenue by type 2016 2019
Table 27 Development of fixed-line and mobile voice traffic 2012 2020
Table 28 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 29 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2010 2020
Table 30 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 31 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009
Table 32 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 33 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 34 CDMA broadband subscribers 2011 2016
Table 35 Historic - Fixed-line and mobile revenue 2006 2009
Table 36 Historic - Mobile market investments 2006 2009
Table 37 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2008 2009
Table 38 Historic - MTN Benin subscribers and ARPU 2003 2009
Table 39 Historic - Mobile internet subscribers 2009
Table 40 Historic - - Libercom subscribers 2011 2018
Table 41 Historic - BBCom subscribers 2011 2015
Table 42 Historic - Glo Mobile subscribers 2011 2017
Table 43 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2000 2009
Table 44 Historic - Internet subscribers by technology 2009
Table 45 Historic - DSL subscribers 2004 2009
Table 46 Historic - WiMAX broadband subscribers 2013 2015
Table 47 Historic - Benin Telecoms revenue 2007 2009
Table 48 Historic - Fixed lines in service by type 2006 2009
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 2 West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Africa Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents)
Chart 4 West Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Development of fixed-line and mobile revenue 2007 2019
Chart 8 Change in mobile revenue by operator 2012 2018
Chart 9 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Change in the number of prepaid and contract mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 11 Development of mobile market investment 2010 2019
Chart 12 Change in the mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 2020
Chart 13 Decline in SMS traffic 2012 2020
Chart 14 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of mobile internet subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Chart 16 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Chart 17 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2019 2020
Chart 18 Growth in the number of MTN Benin's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 19 Decline in MTN Benin's mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Chart 20 Development of MTN Benin's financial data (million ZAR) 2011 2020
Chart 21 Growth in the number of Moov's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Chart 22 Growth in the number of mobile money subscribers by provider 2016 2020
Chart 23 Growth in the number of internet users (thousand) and penetration 2005 2018
Chart 24 Change in the number of internet subscribers by technology 2010 2020
Chart 25 Change in the market share of fixed internet subscribers by operator 2014 2020
Chart 26 Decline in Benin Telecoms' revenue 2010 2019
Chart 27 Change in Benin Telecoms' fixed-line revenue by type 2016 2019
Chart 28 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2020
Chart 29 Change in the number of fixed lines in service by type 2010 2020
Chart 30 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Exhibit 2 West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of Benin
Exhibit 4 West African common regulatory framework 2005

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