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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Three operators compete with 3G mobile services

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Guinea's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

One of the fastest growing mobile markets in the region;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Key statistics;
Market and industry overviews;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Infrastructure development;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).

Guinea in West Africa has vast mineral resources yet remains 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 has being prepared for renewed privatisation, creating an attractive opportunity for a strategic investor. Despite the rapid growth in the mobile sector, penetration remains below the African average, while the country's fixed-line and internet markets are virtually untapped.

Broadband services are still very limited and expensive. The landing of the first international fibre optic submarine cable in 2012, and the setting up of an IXP in mid-2013, will go far to help the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure.

The country slipped into a mild recession in 2009, but stable GDP growth of around 5% per year is expected from 2014, possibly reaching up to 20% in 2015 and 2016.

Market highlights:

400 cell towers put up for sale;
First ever international fibre optic submarine cable lands;
Second privatisation of Sotelgui expected;
Mobile Money services launched;
The third 3G licence awarded in late 2013;
Government secures a US$350 million loan to build a 4,000km fibre backbone network;
The number of SMS messages sent in the second quarter of 2013 grew 67% year-on-year;
Includes the regulator's market data to June 2013.

Estimated market penetration rates in Guinea's telecoms sector end-2013
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 67%
Fixed | 0.1%
Internet | 1.3%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies covered in this report:

Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (Sotelgui), MTN (Areeba, Investcom), Orange (France Telecom, Spacetel), Intercel (Télécel Guinea), Cellcom Guinee, MiriNet (Afribone), ETI, Universal Communication (DiscoveryTel), Ristel, Afripa Telecom, , Alternet Systems, Broad Telecom, Soguicis, Thucatel, Telekom Malaysia.


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 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 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
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 WiMAX
7.3 SchoolWeb WiFi Network
7.4 VoIP internet telephony
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Overview of Guinea's mobile market
8.1.1 3G services
8.1.2 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 Mobile payments
8.5 Satellite mobile
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Guinea 2013
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2013
Table 3 Internet and social media user statistics 2013
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2013
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2009; 2012 - 2013
Table 7 Market share of revenue by operator Q2 2013
Table 8 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2013
Table 9 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 10 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 11 ISP market share of subscribers Jun 2013
Table 12 Mobile market share of subscribers June 2013
Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 15 MTN Guinea financial data 2011 - 2013
Table 16 MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU 2006 - 2013
Table 17 Orange Guinea subscribers 2007 - 2013
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Guinea
Exhibit 2 West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 3 International submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa 2009 - 2013

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