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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

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The Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband 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

Guinea in West Africa has vast mineral resources and is yet one of the poorest countries in the world. With five competing mobile networks, its telecommunications sector has shown triple digit growth rates for three years in a row following the entry of two world-class international operators, MTN and Orange. The other competitors are Intercel, Cellcom and Lagui, the mobile unit of the national fixed-line operator, Sotelgui.

Following the exit of Telekom Malaysia in 2008, Sotelgui is being prepared for renewed privatisation, creating an attractive opportunity for a strategic investor. Despite the rapid growth, mobile market penetration is still well below the African average, and the country’s fixed-line and Internet markets are virtually untapped.

Broadband services are still very limited and expensive. The planned arrival of at least two international fibre optic submarine cables in 2010 and 2011 will bring abundant and competitive international bandwidth to Guinea for the first time which will have nothing short of a revolutionary effect on telecommunications in the country.

Key highlights:

2010 estimates for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market
Profiles of major players in all market sectors
Second privatisation of Sotelgui expected
International fibre optic submarine cables to arrive in 2010 and 2011
Broadband pricing trends 2009.MTN Guinea ARPU - 2006 - 2009
YearARPU (US$/month)
2009 (Sep)8
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Guinea’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)
Internet and broadband development and pricing
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).For those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecommunications sector in Guinea, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

One of the fastest growing mobile markets in the region
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues
The impact of the global economic crisis
Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences
Internet and broadband development and growth
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Guinea’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.3 Regulatory authority
4.3.1 DNPT
5. Fixed network operators in Guinea
5.1 Sotelgui
5.1.1 Privatisation
5.1.2 Network infrastructure
5.1.3 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.4 Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
5.1.5 Public payphones
5.1.6 Telecentres
5.2 International infrastructure
5.2.1 New submarine fibre optic cables
6. Internet market
6.1 Overview
6.1.1 Internet statistics
6.2 ISP market
6.2.1 Sotelgui
6.2.2 MiriNet
6.2.3 ETI (Biasy)
6.2.4 Universal Communication, Ristel
7. Broadband market
7.1 Overview
7.2 SchoolWeb WiFi Network
7.3 VoIP Internet telephony
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Overview of Guinea’s mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Major mobile operators
8.2.1 MTN Guinea (Areeba)
8.2.2 Sotelgui (Lagui)
8.2.3 Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
8.2.4 Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
8.2.5 Cellcom Guinee
8.3 Mobile data services
8.4 Satellite mobile
9. Related reports
List of Tables and Exhibites
Table 1 - Country statistics Guinea - 2010
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2009
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2009
Table 4 - Mobile statistics - 2009
Table 5 - National telecommunications authority
Table 6 - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
Table 7 - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 8 - Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 9 - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
Table 10 - MTN Guinea monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2009
Exhibit 1 - Chart of fixed-line, mobile subscriber and Internet user growth - 1999 - 2010
Exhibit 2 - Map of Guinea
Exhibit 3 - West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 4 - International submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa - 2009 - 2011

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