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Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

The Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - 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

Following the end of a civil war in 2003, GDP growth in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has accelerated every year since 2006, which is expected to continue and reach 6% in 2014.

Most segments of the telecommunications market continued to flourish during the crisis which started in 1999. The sector is dominated by mobile telephony, with France Telecom-owned Orange and South Africa’s MTN leading the market. The aggressive launches of a third and a fourth GSM network in 2006/07 by Moov (in which the UAE’s Etisalat holds a majority stake) and KoZ (operated by the Lebanese Comium Group) accelerated the already fast growth and have pushed mobile market penetration past the 50% mark, well above the African average.

A fifth mobile network was launched by Libya’s LapGreen in late 2008 under the name Oricel, and UAE-based Warid Telecom is standing by to enter the market as the sixth player pending problems with frequency spectrum allocation.

Fixed-line incumbent Cote d’Ivoire Telecom (CI-Telecom) was majority-privatised in 1997 when France Telecom bought a controlling stake. A second national operator (SNO), Arobase was licensed before the crisis but only got off the ground in 2006 and was then acquired by MTN. Both companies are rolling out CDMA2000 1x fixed-wireless systems and fibre optic backbone networks and also control leading ISPs in the country.

The Internet and broadband market has remained underdeveloped due to the high cost of international bandwidth, caused by a monopolisation of access to the SAT-3/WASC international fibre optic submarine cable, the only one currently serving the country. Despite these obstacles, Cote d’Ivoire has become West Africa’s third largest Internet market after Nigeria and Ghana, with services superior to those in many other African countries, including ADSL with up to 8Mb/s. The arrival of a second international fibre optic submarine cable to the region in 2009, with three more to follow in 2010 and 2011, is expected to lead to significantly lower prices for international bandwidth.

Third generation mobile broadband services have not yet been licensed but are expected in the near future as a means for the mobile operators to broaden their service portfolio and combat the rapidly decreasing average revenue per user in the voice market.

Key highlights:

Market analysis 2010;
2010 estimates for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market;
Mobile revenue forecast 2012;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Update on cross-border fibre links, international bandwidth resale;
Three new international fibre optic submarine cables to arrive in 2010, 2011;
Broadband and mobile data pricing trends 2008-2009;
Fifth mobile network launched, sixth in waiting;
Mobile ARPU trend 2005-2009.Cote d’Ivoire mobile revenues and capital expenditure - 2000 - 2008
YearFCFA billion
RevenueCAPEX
200010741
200113247
200214233
200317234
200422844
200528046
2006340139
2007427170
2008554123
(Source: BuddeComm based on ATCI data)
Peter Lange
January 2010
Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Cote d’Ivoire, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

One of the most competitive mobile market in the region;
A 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;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Cote d’Ivoire’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).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis 2010
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Overview
4.2 Regulatory authorities
4.2.1 Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire (ATCI)
4.3 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.4 Interconnection
4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
4.6 Universal service fund
5. Fixed network operators in Côte d’Ivoire
5.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 CI-Telecom
5.2.1 Privatisation
5.2.2 Network infrastructure
5.2.3 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000
5.3 Arobase Telecom
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Submarine fibre
6.1.1 SAT-3/WASC
6.1.2 Other projects
6.2 Terrestrial fibre
6.3 Satellite
7. Internet market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.2 Public Internet access locations
7.3 ISP market
7.3.1 Africa Online Côte d’Ivoire
7.3.2 AfNet
7.3.3 Aviso
7.4 Internet via satellite
8. Broadband
8.1 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
8.2 WiFi
8.3 WiMAX
8.4 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8.5 E-Commerce
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Overview of Côte d’Ivoire’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Major mobile operators
9.2.1 MTN Côte d’Ivoire (formerly Loteny)
9.2.2 Orange CI
9.2.3 KoZ (Comium Mobile)
9.2.4 Moov (Etisalat)
9.2.5 Oricel (LapGreen)
9.2.6 Warid Telecom
9.2.7 CORA de Comstar and Aircomm CI (Historic)
9.3 Mobile data services
9.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
9.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.3.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)/Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.4 Mobile content and applications
9.4.1 Mobile banking
9.5 Satellite mobile
10. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibits
Table 1 - Country statistics Côte d’Ivoire - 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 authorities
Table 7 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2010
Table 8 - CI-Telecom subscribers, revenue and CAPEX - 1998 - 2008
Table 9 - Internet users, penetration rate and Internet subscribers - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 10 - DreamNet WiMAX pricing by speed - 2009
Table 11 - Côte d’Ivoire mobile revenues and CAPEX - 1997 - 2008
Table 12 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2010
Table 13 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
Table 14 - MTN Côte d’Ivoire ARPU - 2005 - 2009
Exhibit 1 - Map of Côte d’Ivoire
Exhibit 2 - West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 3 - Comium Côte d’Ivoire coverage map - December 2009

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