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Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Gambia sees increased take up of mobile money solutions

Gambia's telecom market is dominated by the incumbent telco Gamtel, which retains a monopoly on fixed-line telephony services. There are four mobile networks operating. The market's leader is Africell, with a 62% share of subscribers as of November 2016, while Comium and QCell compete closely for second and third place. Gamtel's mobile unit Gamcel is by far the smallest operator, with about 10% share. Mobile penetration is well above the African average, itself a testament to the poor condition of the fixed-line infrastructure and the lack of availability of fixed services in many rural areas of the country.

Although the incumbent has a relatively well-developed national fibre backbone network, low fixed-line penetration has hindered internet usage. There are only three licensed ISPs, which are small operators serving local areas, and so competition is minimal.

The launch of a second 3G mobile broadband service in early 2012 brought more competition to the internet sector also served by DSL, WiMAX and EV-DO wireless broadband. The landing of the first international submarine fibre-optic cable in the country in 2011, followed by a second one more recently, has dramatically increased internet bandwidth and reduced the cost of internet services for end-users.

Key developments:

QCell launched its Qodoo Mobile Money service;
Gamtel reports further declines in revenue;
Netpage launches' Gambia's first commercial LTE-based broadband service;
International Network Management Center (IINMC) opens, facilitating traffic on ACE cable;
Africell contracts Alepo for Data Solutions;
Mobile penetration broaches 150%;
Gamtel contracts Huawei for fibre backbone project;
Continuing political chaos following 2016 election;
Report update includes Gamtel financial data, Africell subscriber updates to November 2016.

Estimated market penetration rates in Gambia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration
Fixed-line telephony | 2.2%
Internet users | 16.9%
Mobile SIM (population) | 154%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Gambia Telecommunications (Gamtel), Gamcel, Africell, Comium, QCell, Globacom, Thuraya, GamNet, QuantumNet, Netpage, Airtip.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 National Communications and Information Policy (NACIP)
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 2009 ICT Act
5.4 Interconnection
5.5 Universal Access Fund (UAF)
5.6 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.7 Privatisation
6. Fixed network operator
6.1 Gambia Telecommunications (Gamtel)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.1.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine fibre
7.2.2 Satellite
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
8.5 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.5.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.5.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.5.3 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 e-government
10. Digital Media
10.1 Videostreaming
10.2 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.1.1 Mobile statistics
11.2 Mobile data
11.2.1 SMS and MMS
11.3 Mobile broadband
11.4 Regulatory issues
11.4.1 SIM card registration
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.5.1 Digital networks
11.5.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.6 Major mobile operators
11.6.1 Gamcel
11.6.2 Africell
11.6.3 Comium
11.6.4 QCell
11.6.5 Additional licensees
11.7 Mobile content and applications
11.7.1 M-banking
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Gambia 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 Gamtel financial data 2012 2014
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia 1999 - 2009
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia 2010 - 2017
Table 9 Gambias international internet bandwidth 2002 - 2015
Table 10 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia 1999 - 2009
Table 11 Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia 2010 - 2017
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2004 - 2017
Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia 1999 - 2009
Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia 2010 - 2017
Table 15 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration in Gambia 2009 - 2017
Table 16 Africell Gambia 3G mobile broadband pricing 2016
Table 17 Gamcel mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 18 Africell mobile subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 19 Comium mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 20 QCell mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia 2005 2017
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia 2005 2017
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia 20025 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Map of Gambia

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