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


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

Highly competitive mobile market waiting for 3G broadband

Following the end of a civil war in 2003, GDP growth in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has recovered and saw only a small dip to 3% in 2010, from where it is forecast to grow steadily and reach 6% by 2015.

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

A fifth mobile network was launched by Libya’s LapGreen in late 2008 under the name Oricel (also refereed to as Green Network or GreenN). UAE-based Warid Telecom is standing by to enter the market as the sixth player pending problems with frequency spectrum allocation, and Nigeria’s Globacom was awarded a licence in November 2009.

Globacom has announced it will land its Glo-1 international submarine fibre optic cable in the country which will bring down the cost of international bandwidth. In addition, several other cables are scheduled to reach Cote d’Ivoire in the coming years. 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. WiMAX and EV-DO wireless broadband services are also available, some of them at very competitive prices.

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.

Third generation mobile broadband services have not yet been introduced 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 (ARPU) in the voice market.

Market highlights:

Market analysis 2010 and outlook 2011;
Forecasts to end-2011 for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market;
Mobile revenue forecast 2012;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Four new international fibre optic submarine cables planned;
Broadband and mobile data pricing trends 2009/10;
Mobile market crowded with seven players;
Mobile ARPU trend 2005-2009.Orance CI subscribers - 2002 - 2010
YearSubscribers (thousand)
2002497
2003640
2004844
20051,267
20061,752
20072,860
20084,143
20093,817
2010 (Mar)3,822
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
0Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

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;
Forecasts;
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;
Internet and broadband development and pricing, including mobile data;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).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;
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.

  • Executive summary
    • Table Orance CI subscribers - 2002 - 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Côte d'Ivoire - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • Market analysis 2010 and outlook 2011
  • Regulatory environment
    • Overview
    • Regulatory authorities
      • Agence des Télécommunications de Côte d'Ivoire (ATCI)
    • Interconnection
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Universal service fund
  • Fixed network operators in Côte d'Ivoire
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2011
    • CI-Telecom
      • Privatisation
      • Network infrastructure
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000
    • Arobase Telecom
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine fibre
      • SAT-3/WASC
      • Glo-1
      • Main One
      • ACE
      • WACS
    • Terrestrial fibre
    • Satellite
  • Internet market
    • Overview
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2000 - 2011
    • Public Internet access locations
    • ISP market
      • Africa Online
      • AfNet
      • Aviso
    • Internet via satellite
    • VoIP
    • E-Commerce
  • Broadband
    • ADSL
      • Table Africa Online ADSL pricing by speed - September 2010
      • Table Aviso residential ADSL pricing - September 2010
      • Table Aviso business ADSL pricing - September 2010
    • WiFi
    • WiMAX
      • Table DreamNet WiMAX pricing by speed - 2009
    • EV-DO
      • Table MTN EV-DO pricing - September 2010
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Côte d'Ivoire's mobile market
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2011
    • Major mobile operators
      • MTN Côte d'Ivoire (formerly Loteny)
        • Table MTN-CI subscribers - 2002 - 2010
        • Table MTN Côte d'Ivoire ARPU - 2005 - 2010
      • Orange CI
        • Table Orange CI subscribers - 2002 - 2010
      • Comium (KoZ)
        • Table Comium CI subscribers - 2007 - 2010
      • Moov (Etisalat)
      • Green Network (Oricel, LapGreen)
      • Warid Telecom
      • Globacom
      • CORA de Comstar and Aircomm CI (Historic)
    • Mobile data services
      • SMS
      • MMS
      • GPRS/EDGE
    • Mobile content and applications
      • M-payments
    • Satellite mobile

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