Market Research Logo

Ethiopia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

The Ethiopia - 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

Ethiopia is the last country in Africa allowing its national telco, ETC a monopoly on all telecom services including fixed, mobile, Internet and data communications. This monopolistic control has stifled innovation and retarded expansion. The government tries to encourage foreign investment in a broad range of industries by allowing foreigners up to 100% equity ownership. However, there is no official schedule for the privatisation of the national carrier and the introduction of competition, but once this happens, the potential to satisfy unmet demand in all service sectors is huge. A recently announced management contract with France Telecom is expected to lead to improved performance by ETC and is seen as a first step towards privatisation.

Key highlights:

  • Forecasts for mobile and Internet markets to 2012 and 2015;
  • France Telecom to manage ETC for the next three years;
  • Detailed profile of the monopoly service provider in all market sectors;
  • Extensive rollouts of national and international fibre infrastructure;
  • Multi-billion US$ investments planned before 2012.Estimated market penetration rates in Ethiopia’s telecoms sector - end 2010
  • MarketPenetration rate
  • Mobile6.0%
  • Fixed1.1%
  • Internet0.7%
  • (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Ethiopia, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
  • One of the least developed but fastest growing mobile markets in the region;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • The monopoly telecom provider in the country;
  • Internet and broadband development and growth;
  • Mobile data services, including 3G;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Ethiopia’s telecommunications market. Subjects covered include:
Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Regulatory environment;
  • The monopoly situation in all service segments;
  • Plans for privatisation and market liberalisation;
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
  • Internet development;
  • Broadband, including 3G mobile;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

  • Executive summary
    • Table Estimated market penetration rates in Ethiopia's telecoms sector - end 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Ethiopia - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • Market analysis 2010
    • Regional benchmarking
  • Regulatory environment
    • Regulatory authority
      • Ethiopian Telecommunications Agency (ETA)
    • Telecom service licences
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation of ETC
  • Fixed network operator
    • Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation
      • Table ETC revenue and profit - 2006 - 2008
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2011
      • Fixed-line infrastructure
      • Rural area network
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Leased lines, data services
      • VSAT
      • National backbone network
      • Next Generation Network (NGN)
      • International infrastructure
      • US$4 billion network development plan 2007-2012
  • Internet market
    • Overview
    • Internet statistics
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2011
      • Table Internet subscribers - 1997 - 2008
    • National connectivity
    • Public Internet access locations
    • VoIP grey market
    • E-learning
    • ISP market
      • EthioNet
      • Wholesale
  • Broadband market
    • Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
    • WiMAX
    • Broadband via satellite
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Ethiopia's mobile market
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
    • Mobile operator
      • Ethio-Mobile
    • Mobile voice services
      • Satellite mobile
    • Mobile data services
    • Third generation (3G)
    • Mobile banking
  • Forecasts
    • Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2012; 2015
    • Forecast - Internet users - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast Internet users - 2012; 2015
    • Notes on scenario forecasts

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report