Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Guinea's telecommunications sector was given a tremendous boost following the market entry of MTN Group and Orange Group. During the following years the number of subscribers grew strongly while revenue also increased steadily. The mobile market by 2006 included 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. The heavily indebted fourth mobile player Intercel was obliged to close down its network in late 2018.
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 nearing completion, connecting administrative centres across the country, though in practice almost all internet connectivity will remain via mobile infrastructure.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

Orange secures ten-year mobile licence;
Intercel shut down by the government;
National fibre backbone nears completion;
Guinea and Mali sign agreement to abolish roaming and harmonize interconnection rates;
Mobile smartphones and apps deployed to tackle outbreaks of disease;
Mobile Money services gain strong customer take-up;
MTN signs management services contract with Huawei;
Cellcom Guinea launches 3G+ services;
Report update includes the regulators annual report for 2017, market data to September 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, 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

1 Key statistics
2 Country overview
3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure
4 Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5 Regional Africa Market Comparison
6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Privatisation
7 Fixed network operator
7.1 Sotelgui
8 Telecommunications infrastructure
8.1 Overview of the national telecom network
8.2 VoIP
8.3 IXP
8.4 International infrastructure
9 Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.2 Broadband subscribers
9.3 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
9.4 Satellite broadband
10 Digital economy
10.1 SchoolWeb Wi-Fi Network
11 Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Regulatory issues
11.4 Major mobile operators
11.5 Mobile infrastructure
11.6 Mobile content and applications
12 Related reports
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Guinea 2020 (e)
Table 2 Telecom sector revenue 2009- 2018
Table 3 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009
Table 4 Fixed-lines in service and teledensity 2010 2018
Table 5 Fixed-line voice traffic 2010 2014
Table 6 International bandwidth 2006 2016
Table 7 Historic Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 8 Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate 2010 2018
Table 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 10 Cumulative mobile market investment by operator 2010 2017
Table 11 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019
Table 13 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2014 2018
Table 14 Mobile voice traffic 2010 2018
Table 15 Mobile market revenue 2012 2016
Table 16 Mobile market revenue by operator 2012 2017
Table 17 Mobile market share of revenue by operator 2012 2018
Table 18 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 2018
Table 19 Mobile coverage of main towns by operator 2011 2018
Table 20 SMS message sent 2014 2018
Table 21 Active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea 2012 2018
Table 22 Mobile internet subscribers in Guinea 2010 2018
Table 23 Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) 2010 2014
Table 24 Mobile internet market share by operator 2012 2018
Table 25 MTN Guinea financial data 2011 2018
Table 26 MTN Guinea financial data 9GNF) 2017 2018
Table 27 MTN Guinea subscribers and ARPU 2006 2018
Table 28 Orange Guinea subscribers 2007 2018
Table 29 Orange Guinea revenue 2012 2018
Table 30 Intercel mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 31 Cellcom mobile subscribers 2013 2018
Table 32 3G mobile coverage of main towns by operator 2017 2016
Table 33 Mobile money subscriptions by operator 2018
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 2 West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018
Chart 3 Africa Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents) 2018
Chart 4 West Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018
Chart 5 West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2019
Chart 8 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2012 2018
Chart 9 Mobile internet market share by operator 2012 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Guinea
Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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