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Ghana - Internet and Broadband Market - Overview and Statistics

Ghana - Internet and Broadband Market - Overview and Statistics

Ghana was among the first countries in Africa connected to the internet and to introduce ADSL broadband services. The sector is highly competitive with more than 140 licensed ISPs, although the market is dominated by only a few players. Internet user growth was for many years held back by the poor condition of the national fixed-line network and the high cost of connectivity. As a result, internet penetration, by population, languished below 10%. However, the sector has in recent years developed rapidly following the introduction of wireless and 3G mobile and wireless broadband technologies such as HSPA, WiMAX and iBurst. In addition, the arrival of a further two international fibre links in 2012 and 2013 dramatically brought down pricing for international bandwidth, and these lower costs have been passed on to consumers. The re-privatised national carrier, Ghana Telecom, under the Vodafone banner, is also more effective in driving the broadband market by expanding its retail and wholesale offerings.

Key developments:

A fifth international submarine fibre optic cable comes on stream; WHO-sponsored eHealth system developments; fibre network for Eastern Corridor completed; bandwidth cost plummets to a tenth of the price in 2007; regulator's market data to July 2013; telcos' operating data to Q2 2013; market developments to early 2014.

Companies covered in this report:

Vodafone (Ghana Telecom); Expresso Telecom; Globacom; Network Computer Systems (NCS); InternetGhana; Africa Online; BusyInternet; Linkserve; IDN; Infinite Stream Ghana; Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG); Cactel Communications; Main One; O3b Networks; VoltaCom; Internet Solutions; Phase3 Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Internet market
2.1 Overview
2.2 eHealth
2.2.1 Internet statistics
2.3 Facebook and LinkedIn
2.4 PC penetration, Affordable computer programs
2.5 Public Internet Access Venues (PAVs)
2.5.1 Shared access centres
2.5.2 Mobile Telecentre To-Go
2.6 Dial-up
3. ISP market
3.1 Major ISPs
3.1.1 Network Computer Systems (Ghana.com)
3.1.2 InternetGhana
3.1.3 Africa Online
3.1.4 BusyInternet
3.1.5 Linkserve
3.1.6 IDN
3.2 Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA)
3.3 Ghana Internet Exchange Point (GIX)
4. Broadband market
4.1 Overview
4.2 Broadband statistics
4.3 ADSL
4.4 Wireless broadband
4.4.1 iBurst
4.4.2 WiMAX
4.4.3 WiFi
4.4.4 EV-DO
4.5 Powerline Communication (PLC)
4.6 Internet via satellite
5. International bandwidth
5.1 SAT-3/WASC submarine fibre
5.2 Other international fibre optic cables
5.3 O3b
6. Domestic backbone network infrastructure
6.1 Ghana National Public Data Network (DataNet)
6.2 GT FastNet
6.3 VoltaCom
6.4 Internet Solutions (IS)
6.5 Phase3 Telecom
6.6 Electronic Data Interchange
6.7 VSAT networks
7. Convergence
7.1 VoIP telephony
7.2 Broadband TV (IPTV)
7.3 E-commerce
7.4 E-government, e-Ghana project
7.5 E-learning
8. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 3 DSL, mobile broadband and dial-up subscribers 2005 - 2013
Chart 1 - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2014

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