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Ghana - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics

Ghana - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics

Since launching the first cellular mobile network in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992, Ghana has developed one of the continent's most vibrant mobile markets, with six competing operators including regional heavyweights such as MTN, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). The entry of Nigeria's Globacom as the sixth player in 2012 has delivered another boost to the sector. Subscriber growth, however, has come at the expense of lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). While the voice market is saturated, there is enormous growth potential in both subscriber and ARPU for mobile broadband services. Mobile broadband already accounts for the vast majority of internet connections in the country.

Key developments:

Regulator prepares to licence up to three MVNOs, government agrees to remove 20% tax on smartphone imports; 87% year-on-year increase in mobile number portings; Surfline Communications launches LTE in the capital and in Tema; mobile operators ordered to repeat SIM card registration following widespread use of fake IDs during the process; Thuraya to provide mobile satellite services for Airtel Ghana; ATC Tower and Helios join the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications; Blu Telecoms launches LTE services; regulator's fines on MNOs for QoS issues stimulate additional investments; 3G mobile broadband services representing majority of internet connections; Ericsson supporting Millennium Villages project in rural areas; regulator's corrected market data to January 2015; telcos' operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN Ghana; Vodafone (Ghana Telecom; OneTouch); Millicom Ghana (Tigo); Expresso Telecom (Sudatel, Kasapa); Globacom (Glo Mobile); Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel); Thuraya.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Ghana's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.1.1 General statistics
2.2 Mobile voice
2.3 Mobile broadband/data
2.3.1 SMS
3. Forecasts
3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Licensing
4.2 Spectrum
4.3 Roaming
4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.6 Network sharing
4.7 Tariffs
4.8 Taxation
4.9 Registration of subscriber details
4.10 Billing
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 GSM
5.2.2 UMTS (3G)
5.2.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 GPRS
5.3.2 EDGE
6. Satellite mobile
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Vodafone (Ghana Telecom, OneTouch)
7.1.1 Network development and coverage
7.1.2 Services
7.2 MTN Ghana (formerly ScanCom, Spacefon Areeba)
7.2.1 Network development and coverage
7.2.2 Services
7.3 Tigo (Millicom Ghana, Mobitel)
7.4 Expresso
7.5 Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel)
7.6 Glo Mobile
7.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 M-banking
8.2 Mobile TV
8.3 M-health
9. Mobile handsets
10. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 3 Overview of mobile network launch dates
Table 4 Total mobile voice subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 5 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 6 Mobile voice subscriber market share by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 7 Forecast mobile subscribers 2014; 2017
Table 8 Cumulative mobile number portings 2011 - 2015
Table 9 Vodafone Ghana subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 10 MTN Ghana financial data 2011 - 2014
Table 11 MTN Ghana mobile subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 12 MTN Ghana ARPU 2002 2014
Table 13 Tigo Ghana mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 14 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 15 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 16 Glo Mobile subscribers 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Chart 2 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011 2015
Exhibit 1 SMS as a weapon against drug counterfeiting

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