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Gabon - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

The Gabon - 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

Gabon’s oil revenues make it one of the wealthiest nations in Africa. GDP per capita is well above the African average, although a distorted income distribution and poor social indicators are evident. The telecom market was liberalised in 1999 when the government awarded three mobile telephony licences and two Internet Service Provider (ISP) licences and established an independent regulatory authority. Following two unsuccessful attempts, the privatisation of Gabon Telecom (GT) finally succeeded in 2007 when Vivendi-controlled Maroc Telecom bought a majority stake.

With competition between three service providers - Zain (formerly Celtel), GT’s Libertis, and Etisalat’s Moov - Gabon became one of the first countries in Africa to exceed 100% mobile market penetration in 2008. A fourth operator, USAN (operated by Bintel under the brand name Azur) entered this virtually saturated market in late 2009. This is expected to accelerate the downward trend in average revenue per user (ARPU) which until recently has remained at remarkably high levels.

In contrast with the mobile market, Gabon’s fixed-line and Internet/broadband sectors have remained underdeveloped due to a lack of competition and the resulting high prices. The country has sufficient international bandwidth on the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE fibre optic submarine cable which runs from Portugal via South Africa to the Far East, but this facility has been monopolised by GT. The arrival of new international submarine fibre optic cables in 2010 and 2011 is expected to bring improvements in this sector. However, no licences for the frequency spectrum required to launch third generation (3G) mobile broadband services have yet been issued to the operators. In the meantime, ISPs are rolling out WiMAX wireless broadband networks and are competing in the fixed-voice market by offering VoIP Internet telephony.

This report contains an overview and analysis of Gabon’s telecommunications market, profiles of the major players in all market sectors, relevant statistics, and scenario forecasts for 2012 and 2015 for the country’s fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets.

Key highlights:

  • Forecasts for fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets for 2012 and 2015;
  • One of the highest levels of mobile penetration and ARPU in Africa;
  • GDP per capita fell by 25% as a result of the global economic crisis;
  • Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
  • Fourth mobile network has entered the market.Estimated market penetration rates in Gabon’s telecoms sector - end 2010
  • MarketPenetration rate
  • Mobile124%
  • Fixed2.5%
  • Internet7.4%
  • (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Gabon, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:
  • One of the most penetrated mobile markets in Africa;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Internet and broadband development and growth;
  • Mobile data services;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU).This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Gabon’s telecommunications market.
Subjects covered include:
  • Key statistics;
  • Market and industry overviews;
  • Regulatory environment and structural reform;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
  • Internet and broadband development;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

  • Executive summary
    • Table Estimated market penetration rates in Gabon's telecoms sector - end 2010
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics Gabon - 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
    • Historical background
    • Regulatory authority
      • Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ARTEL)
    • Market liberalisation
    • Interconnection
  • Fixed network operator
    • Gabon Télécom
      • Privatisation
      • Financial results
        • Table Gabon Télécom fixed-line versus mobile revenue - 2006 - 2009
      • National telecom network
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2011
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine fibre
      • SAT-3/WASC
        • Table New international submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa - 2010 - 2011
    • Terrestrial fibre
      • The Central African Backbone (CAB)
  • Broadband and Internet market
    • Overview
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2002 - 2011
    • ISP market
      • Gabon Télécom
        • Table Gabon Telecom Internet subscribers - 2007 - 2009
      • Internet Gabon
      • Solsi
    • Broadband market
      • ADSL
      • WiMAX
    • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of Gabon's mobile market
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - September 2009
    • Major mobile operators
      • Zain Gabon (formerly Celtel)
        • Table Zain Gabon ARPU - 2002 - 2009
      • Libertis (Gabon Telecom)
        • Table Libertis ARPU - 2007 - 2009
      • Moov (Telecel Gabon)
    • Azur (USAN, Bintel)
  • Forecasts
    • Forecast - fixed-line market - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast fixed-line and fixed-wireless subscribers - 2012; 2015
    • Forecast - Internet market - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast Internet users - 2012; 2015
    • Forecast - mobile market - 2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers - 2012; 2015
    • Notes on scenario forecasts

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