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Madagascar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Madagascar - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Madagascar sees more competition in the LTE sector

Madagascar's economy has shown steady growth in recent years, benefiting from a revived tourist sector. The Plans to exploit and export crude oil, gas and other natural resources may also deliver a boost to the economy, despite the falling price of these commodities on international markets.

This period of strengthening economic output is helping to increase consumer spend on telecom services. These services are becoming cheaper as a result of intensifying competition between the main operators, including Orange Madagascar, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and the incumbent telco Telma. A fourth mobile operator, Blueline, now operates its own network having been an MVNO since 2010.

Positive developments in the internet and broadband sector are also materialising following the arrival of the first international submarine fibre optic cables, LION and EASSy on the island in 2009 and 2010. This ended the country's dependency on satellites for international connections, bringing down the cost of international bandwidth and making internet access more affordable to a wider part of the population. The IOX cable is expected to be ready for service in early 2019, which will provide additional capacity to support the fast growing mobile data market.

A national fibre backbone is being implemented connecting the major cities, and Telma expects to invest an additional $250 million to expand the backbone network from 5,000km to 11,000km by 2019. Wireless broadband access networks are being rolled out, enabling converged voice, data and entertainment services. The launch of 3G and LTE mobile broadband services has enabled the mobile operators to reverse their rapidly declining average revenue per user (ARPU).

The fixed-line sector has been undergoing a revolution following the privatisation of Telma. ADSL2+ broadband services have been introduced and the decline in fixed-line revenue has been successfully reversed. Despite these positive developments, the national telco is considering various divestiture options.

Penetration rates in all market sectors are still below African averages, and so there remains excellent growth potential.

Key developments:

Orange Madagascar launches LTE services;

Orange extends Digital Schools project to Madagascar;

Government and regulator work on SIM card registration scheme;

Telecom service tax raised to 10% in 2016 Finance Act;

Airtel extends mobile license for a further ten years;

Orange secures mobile licence renewal;

Telma launches LTE services across Madagascar;

Gulfsat improves IPTV capabilities;

Lower international bandwidth costs leading to retail broadband price cuts;

National fibre rollout continues;

Report update includes the regulator's market data, telcos operating data, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Madagascar's telecoms sector 2016 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 1.0%

Fixed internet | 5.9%

Mobile SIM (population) | 51%

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Malagasy (Telma); Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel); Orange Madagascar; Madamobil; Gulfsat Madagascar; Blueline; Datacom; Data Telecom Services (DTS, Moov)

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunications reform
5.2 National ICT Policy
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.3.1 ARTEC
5.4 Universal Service Fund
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Telecom Malagasy (Telma)
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.2 Gulfsat Madagascar
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Network infrastructure
7.2 National fibre optic backbone
8. International infrastructure
9. Broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.2 Market analysis
9.3 Broadband statistics
9.4 Public internet access locations
9.5 Data licensees
9.6 Broadband infrastructure
9.6.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
9.6.2 Other fixed-line broadband services
10. Digital media
10.1 Videostreaming
10.2 Communications
10.2.1 Voice over internet protocol (VoIP)
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.2.2 Mobile broadband
11.2.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
11.3 Regulatory measures
11.3.1 Spectrum licenses
11.3.2 SIM card registration
11.4 Mobile infrastructure
11.4.1 GPRS/EDGE
11.4.2 Third generation (3G)
11.4.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11.4.4 Satellite mobile
11.5 Major mobile operators
11.5.1 Bharti Airtel (formerly Madacom, Zain/Celtel)
11.5.2 Orange Madagascar (formerly SMM)
11.5.3 Telma Mobile
11.5.4 Madamobil
11.5.5 Blueline
11.6 Mobile handsets
11.7 Mobile content and applications
11.7.1 Mobile money transfer, m-banking
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Madagascar 2016 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom market revenue by service 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2018
Table 9 Fixed-line traffic 2006 - 2015
Table 10 International internet bandwidth and traffic 2000 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2018
Table 12 Internet subscribers 2000 2016
Table 13 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 14 DSL broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2018
Table 16 Mobile network traffic 2006 - 2015
Table 17 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 18 Mobile internet traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 19 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 20 Zain Madagascar financial data before takeover 2006 - 2009
Table 21 Orange Madagascar subscribers and ARPU 2007 - 2016
Table 22 Orange Madagascar revenue 2007 - 2014
Chart 1 Telecom market revenue by service 2006 2015
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2018
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate 2000 2015
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers in Madagascar 2000 - 2018

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