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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Guinea's Sotelgui not ready for a relaunch

Guinea's telecommunications sector was given a tremendous boost following the market entry of MTN Group and Orange Group. For the following three years the number of subscribers grew strongly while revenue also increased steadily, a trend which has continued unabated since then. The mobile market now has four competing networks, and though the number of subscribers dipped slightly in 2016 this was due to the removal of dormant SIM cards among operators. The debt-stricken incumbent fixed-line operator Sotelgui operated its Lagui mobile unit before it closed down in late 2012. Sotelgui was declared bankrupt in 2013, and though there have been several announcements regarding its revival the government in late 2017 confirmed that there was no prospect of its return without a public private partnership to inject substantial cash and equip the company with skilled management.

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, has gone some way to developing the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure. A National Backbone Network is being built to connect administrative centrs across the country, though in practice almost all internet connectivity will remain via mobile networks.

Key developments:

Guinea and Mali sign agreement to abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates;

Additional sections of the National Backbone Network are commissioned;

Mobile smartphones and apps deployed to tackle Ebola;

Mobile Money services gain strong customer take-up;

MTN signs management services contract with Huawei;

Cellcom Guinea launches 3G+ services;

Sotelgui revival still with little hope;

Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2016, market data to December 2017, operator data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - Guinea - 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom sector revenue - 2009- 2018
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • PRIVATISATION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR
    • SOTELGUI
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic - 2010 - 2014
      • Telecentres
    • VOIP
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International bandwidth - 2006 - 2016
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2018
    • FIXED WIRELESS (WI-FI AND WIMAX)
    • SATELLITE BROADBAND
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • SCHOOLWEB WI-FI NETWORK
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Cumulative mobile market investment by operator - 2010 - 2016
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2019
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers - 2014 - 2017
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market revenue - 2012 - 2016
        • Table Mobile market revenue by operator - 2012 - 2014
        • Table Mobile market share of revenue by operator - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile coverage of main towns by operator - 2011 - 2017
      • Mobile data
        • Table SMS message sent - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea - 2012 - 2017
        • Table Mobile internet subscribers in Guinea - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Mobile internet market share by operator - 2012 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Roaming
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTN Guinea (Areeba)
        • Table MTN Guinea financial data - 2011 - 2017
        • Table MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU - 2006 - 2017
      • Sotelgui (Lagui)
      • Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
        • Table Orange Guinea subscribers - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Orange Guinea revenue - 2012 - 2017
      • Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
      • Cellcom Guinee
        • Table Cellcom mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2016
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
        • Table 3G mobile coverage of main towns by operator - 2017 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-payments
        • Table Mobile money subscriptions by operator - 2017
      • m-health
  • RELATED REPORTS

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