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Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


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The Lesotho - 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

Telecommunications in this small Southern African country has undergone transformation from a state-owned monopoly to a privatised national operator, with competition in the mobile sub-sector between two networks, South Africa-based Vodacom and Econet. However, at around 30%, mobile market penetration is still below the African average. Vodacom is the market leader with a market share of around 80%

Econet also controls the national fixed-line operator, Telecom Lesotho (TL). Fixed-line teledensity is low, but the network gained more value when ADSL broadband technology was deployed in 2007. In parallel, TL is rolling out a CDMA2000 fixed-wireless network to provide fixed-line replacements and wireless broadband services, following an upgrade to EV-DO technology. In addition, the company has introduced a fixed-mobile convergence product based on its GSM network.

Vodafone on the other hand was first to introduce 3G HSDPA mobile broadband services in the country. In parallel, the company is rolling out a WiMAX wireless broadband network. Several other Internet service providers have rolled out their own wireless infrastructure.

Although landlocked, Lesotho is set to benefit from the greater choice of international bandwidth sources that the arrival of several new submarine fibre optic cables to the African east and west coasts will bring in 2010 and 2011.

Key highlights:

2010 estimates for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market
Profiles of major players in all market sectors
Broadband pricing trends 2008-2009
Strong mobile data revenue growth
Second 3G mobile network set to launch
New fibre link with South Africa
Lower international bandwidth prices expected from 2010.Telecom Lesotho ADSL pricing - 2009
Downlink speedLimitedUnlimited
Download includedLSL/monthLSL/month
192Kb/s4GB500850
384Kb/s7GB6201,400
512Kb/s10GB8001,800
1Mb/s15GB1,1003,750
(Source: BuddeComm based on company data)
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Lesotho’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, including 3G
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 Lesotho, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

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, including 3G mobile
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends
Mobile Average Revenue per User (ARPU).

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Telecom Lesotho ADSL pricing - 2009
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Lesotho - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - March 2010
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - March 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF LESOTHO'S TELECOM MARKET
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • TELECOMMUNICATION POLICY OF 1999
      • National Master Plan
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 2000
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN LESOTHO
    • LICENSING AND LICENCE FEES
      • Table Licences issued by category - 2000 - 2008
    • UNIVERSAL ACCESS FUND
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR IN LESOTHO
    • TELECOM LESOTHO (TL)
      • Privatisation
      • Services
      • National telecom infrastructure
      • Wireless local loop (WLL), CDMA2000 1x EV-DO
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1997 - 2010
  • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SATELLITE
    • TERRESTRIAL AND SUBMARINE FIBRE
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
    • LESOTHO'S ISP MARKET
      • LEO
      • Comnet
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • ASYMMETRIC DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Telecom Lesotho ADSL pricing - 2009
    • WIMAX
    • EV-DO
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF LESOTHO'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
        • Table Mobile subscribers by operator, technology, annual change - March 2009
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Vodacom Lesotho
        • Table Vodacom Lesotho ARPU and churn rate - 2002 - 2009
      • Econet Ezi-Cel
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
    • SATELLITE MOBILE

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