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Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Lesotho gaining on universal access project

Telecom services in Lesotho are managed by a privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The mobile sector is a duopoly between South Africa-based Vodacom and ETL, though competition is insufficient to promote effective price reductions for consumers. Mobile penetration remains below the regional average, while the small size of the market provides little incentive for new entrants.

Fixed-line teledensity is also low, but the fixed network has gained value since DSL services were launched in 2007. In parallel, ETL has rolled out a fixed-wireless network. In addition, the company has introduced a fixed-mobile convergence product based on its GSM network and capitalising on its multi-platform capabilities.

Vodacom was the first operator to introduce mobile broadband services in the country, supplemented with a WiMAX network. In late 2014 the company launched commercial services based on LTE technology.

Although landlocked, Lesotho has benefited from connectivity to the several submarine fibre optic cables which land on African east and west coasts. These have considerably improved international bandwidth, though access prices for the two ISPs remain high and as a consequence internet take-up among consumers has been stymied.

Key developments:

Vodacom Foundation launches m-health service facilitated by M-Pesa; regulator considers imposing SIM card registration; ETL launches 100Mb/s FttP services; improved internet connectivity following landing of international cables; regulator revokes BTL's telecom licence; ETL invests in a GPON network; Universal Service Agency expanding base tower infrastructure in remote areas; report update includes ITU statistics, regulator's March 2017 ICT market report, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Lesotho, Econet Ezi-Cel, Vodacom Lesotho, Eskom, Comnet.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunication Policy of 1999
5.2 ICT policy 2005
5.3 Communications Policy 2008
5.4 National Master Plan
5.5 Telecommunications Act of 2000
5.6 Communications Act of 2012
5.7 National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP)
5.8 Regulatory authority
5.9 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.10 Privatisation
5.11 Licence fees
5.12 SIM card registration
5.13 Universal Service Fund (USF)
6. Fixed network operator
6.1 Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Satellite
7.2.2 Terrestrial and submarine fibre
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.3.1 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.3.2 Other fixed broadband services
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.3 Mobile broadband
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Vodacom Lesotho
9.5.2 ETL
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 m-payment
9.6.2 m-learning
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Lesotho 2017 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2018
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 1999 - 2009
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2010 - 2018
Table 9 International bandwidth 2005 - 2016
Table 10 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 - 2009
Table 11 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 - 2018
Table 12 Proportion of households with internet access in Lesotho 2007 - 2017
Table 13 Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 14 DSL broadband subscribers 2012- 2017
Table 15 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 - 2009
Table 16 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 - 2018
Table 17 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018
Table 18 Vodacom Lesotho subscribers and churn rate 2002 - 2017
Table 19 Vodacom Lesotho active data subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 20 Vodacom Lesotho ARPU 2011 - 2017
Table 21 Vodacom Lesotho revenue 2017 - 2018
Table 22 ETL mobile subscribers 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2005 2018
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2005 2018
Chart 3 Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers 2007 2018
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Map of Lesotho

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