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Burkina Faso - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Burkina Faso - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Burkina Faso government launches metropolitan fibre network project

The telecom sector in Burkina Faso continues to be stymied by slow regulatory procedures and insufficient mobile spectrum, compounded by the poor condition of fixed-line networks which has held back the development of fixed-line internet services. The fixed-line incumbent Onatel is now majority-owned by Maroc Telecom. It operates the country's fixed-line network as well as one of the three mobile networks, Telmob.

Mobile telephony has experienced strong growth since competition was introduced in 2000. There has been some fluidity in ownership, with Zain having been acquired by Bharti Airtel before being sold on to Orange Group in 2016, and with Telecel becoming part of Maroc Telecom and being rebranded as Moov. Although market penetration remains below the African average, is continues to grow steadily.

Onatel's FasoNet is the country's leading internet service provider, offering DSL and EV-DO services. Internet penetration is extremely low, exacerbated by the high cost of connectivity despite price cuts introduced since 2011 in the wake of improved international bandwidth via fibre links through adjacent countries. These links provide access to the region's international submarine cables. Although about 50 ISPs have been licensed, only three compete with FasoNet, and collectively these have fewer than 1,000 subscribers.

As a result of poor fixed-line infrastructure the mobile operators have become significant players in the internet sector, accounting for most connections.

Key developments:

Government proposes technology neutral licences to boost mobile broadband connectivity; Huawei starts phase one of a new national fibre backbone project; ECOWAS mobile roaming agreement comes into play; government launches XOF23.6 billion project to provide metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure; Vodafone Wholesale and Huawei complete cable to Ghanaian border; Orange Burkina Faso completes rebranding exercise; G-Cloud project aiming to connect more than 400 institutions in all 13 regions; government contracts Alcatel-Lucent to provide cloud networking technology facilitating digital public services; international internet bandwidth increases to 7.2Gb/s; report includes the regulator's annual reports and market statistical updates to June 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Onatel, Telmob, Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel), Orange Burkina Faso, Moov (Telecel, Etisalat), FasoNet, ZCP, Delgi, Cenatrin, CFAO Technologies, River Telecom, Net Access, Maroc Telecom, Vivendi.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic background
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.2.1 ARCEP (formerly Artel)
5.3 NICI development plan
5.4 Market liberalisation
5.4.1 Second fixed-line and fourth mobile licence
5.5 Universal Service Fund
6. Fixed-network operators
6.1 Onatel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 National telecom network
7.1.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
7.1.3 National fibre backbone
7.1.4 Cloud-based services
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Public Internet access locations
8.4 Other ISPs
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.5.1 Other fixed broadband services
8.6 Broadband via satellite
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-government
9.2 E-education
10. Mobile market
10.1 Market analysis
10.1.1 Mobile statistics
10.1.2 Mobile data
10.1.3 Mobile broadband
10.1.4 Regulatory measures
10.2 Major mobile operators
10.2.1 Orange Burkina Faso (formerly Airtel, Zain, Celtel)
10.2.2 Telmob (Onatel)
10.2.3 Moov
10.3 Mobile infrastructure
10.3.1 Third generation (3G)
10.3.2 Other infrastructure developments
10.4 Mobile content and applications
10.4.1 m-payment
10.4.2 m-health
11. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Burkina Faso 2017 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2017
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 ICT parameters by service 2004 - 2018
Table 8 Onatel subscribers by service 2010 - 2017
Table 9 Onatel financial data 2011 - 2016
Table 10 Fixed-line market revenue, investment 2013 - 2017
Table 11 Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2009
Table 12 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 13 CDMA lines in service 2009 - 2014
Table 14 CDMA subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 15 Burkina Fasos international internet bandwidth 2002 - 2016
Table 16 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2009
Table 17 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 18 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2009 2018
Table 19 Public telecentres 2009 - 2017
Table 20 FasoNet (Onatel) internet subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 21 Onatel DSL subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 22 Wireless broadband subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 23 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Burkina Faso 1999 - 2009
Table 24 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Burkina Faso 2010 - 2018
Table 25 Mobile operator market share of subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 26 Mobile market revenue, investment 2013 - 2017
Table 27 SMS traffic 2004 - 2017
Table 28 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2013 - 2018
Table 29 Mobile internet subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 30 Orange Burkina Faso mobile subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 31 Onatel mobile subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 32 Onatel revenue 2011 - 2014
Table 33 Onatel annualised ARPU 2011 - 2015
Table 34 Historic - Moov mobile subscribers 2007 - 2010
Chart 1 Onatel subscribers by service 2010 - 2017
Chart 2 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Burkina Faso 2005 2018
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Burkina Faso

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