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Burkina Faso - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

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The Burkina Faso - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband 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

Burkina Faso’s economy slowed only moderately to 3.5% growth in 2009 as a result of the global economic crisis and is expected to recover to pre-crisis levels of between 5 and 6% by 2011.

Fresh investment and new technologies have accelerated the development of the national network infrastructure since Vivendi-owned Maroc Telecom bought a 51% stake in the national telco Onatel in 2006. Another 20% of the company was sold in an initial public offering in early 2009. Onatel operates the countrys fixed-line network, a CDMA2000 wireless network, a fibre optic backbone and one of three GSM mobile networks, Telmob.

Mobile telephony has experienced strong growth since competition was introduced in 2000 by Celtel (now Zain) and Telecel International (now Moov) which was owned by Orascom until it was sold to Atlantique Telecom in which Etisalat of the UAE now owns a majority stake. However, market penetration is still well below the African average.

Onatel’s FasoNet is the country’s leading Internet service provider (ISP) and also dominates the broadband market with its ADSL and EV-DO offerings. Penetration rates in this sector are still extremely low and services are expensive. Being landlocked, Burkina Faso has traditionally depended on expensive satellite links for its international bandwidth, and more recently on transit fibre links through neighbouring countries which have access to the region’s only international fibre optic submarine cable.

The arrival of a second international fibre optic submarine cable (Glo-1) in Ghana in September 2009 is expected to bring down the cost of international bandwidth dramatically by creating competition with the SAT-3/WASC cable. Several of Burkina Faso’s other neighbouring countries will gain access to a second and in some cases third cable (ACE) in 2011. However, consumers and the country’s entire economy will only benefit from lower broadband prices if Onatel passes these cost savings on to them and also to other ISPs on the wholesale level.

The mobile operators have entered the underdeveloped Internet sector by offering mobile data services using GPRS and EDGE technology, but third generation mobile broadband services have not yet been introduced except for Onatel’s EV-DO fixed-wireless service.

Key highlights:

Market analysis 2010;
2010 estimates for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Onatel, Telmob, Zain financial results 2008-2009;
Onatel valuation 2008 versus 2009;
Update on international fibre connections;
First WiMAX network;
Internet and broadband pricing trends by technology;
Mobile data pricing;
Mobile ARPU trend 2006-2009;
Comparison Zain/Telmob ARPU.Telmob ARPU - 2007 - 2009
YearARPU (US$/month)
2009 (H1)9.40
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Burkina Faso’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).For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Burkina Faso, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators - privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis 2010
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic background
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Artel
4.3 NICI development plan
4.4 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.5 Market liberalisation
4.6 Universal service fund
5. Fixed network operators in Burkina Faso
5.1 Onatel
5.1.1 Privatisation
5.1.2 IPO
5.1.3 National telecom network
5.1.4 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.5 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
5.1.6 National backbone network
5.2 International infrastructure
6. Internet market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Internet statistics
6.2 Public Internet access locations
6.3 Low-cost computers
6.4 ISP market
6.4.1 Onatel (FasoNet)
6.4.2 Other ISPs
6.5 E-government
7. Broadband market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.3 Evolution-Data Optimised (EV-DO)
7.4 WiMAX
7.5 Broadband via satellite
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Overview of Burkina Faso’s mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Major mobile operators
8.2.1 Zain (formerly Celtel)
8.2.2 Telmob (Onatel)
8.2.3 Moov (Telecel, Etisalat)
8.3 Mobile data services
9. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Country statistics Burkina Faso - 2010
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2009
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2009
Table 4 - Internet user statistics - 2009
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2009
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 8 - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 9 - FasoNet (Onatel) Internet subscribers - 2006 - 2009
Table 10 - FasoNet (Onatel) ADSL pricing - November 2009
Table 11 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 12 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2009
Table 13 - Zain Burkina Faso ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Table 14 - Telmob ARPU - 2007 - 2009
Exhibit 1 - Map of Burkina Faso
Exhibit 2 - West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 3 - Telmob ‘Djamana’ public GSM phone

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