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Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband


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The Mali - 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

Home to one of the world’s most isolated cities, the fabled Timbuctu, and with a generally challenging geography for the provision of telecommunication services, Mali still has market penetration rates below African averages in all market sectors, including mobile.

France Telecom was extremely successful when it entered the market as the second mobile and fixed-line operator in 2003 and quickly amassed more than 80% market share under the Orange brand, offering converged fixed, mobile and broadband Internet services.

The national telco, Sotelma with its mobile subsidiary Malitel was privatised in early 2009 when a 51% stake was sold to Maroc Telecom, itself majority owned by Vivendi of France. It is expected that the fresh capital and management will enable the incumbent to compete much more aggressively in the future.

In addition, the government is planning to license a third mobile operator. Third generation mobile services have not yet been launched.

The introduction of ADSL, WiMAX and mobile data services has started to accelerate growth in the Internet and broadband market, but Mali’s landlocked location makes it dependent on neighbouring countries for international fibre bandwidth, which has kept prices high. Improvements in this sector can be expected from the arrival of new competitive international submarine fibre systems to the region in 2010/11.

Key highlights:

2010 estimates for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market;
Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
Privatisation of Sotelma;
Third mobile licence expected;
Many products, services and tariffs became cheaper in 2009, including broadband;
Further improvements expected from new international fibre in 2010-2011.Sotelma financial results - 2007 - 2008
YearRevenueEBITDAEarnings from operationsNet profit
(US$ million)
200715355n/an/a
2008169560.14-0.6
(Source: BuddeComm based on company and industry data)
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Mali’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;
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 Mali, 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;
Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends.

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Sotelma financial results - 2007 - 2008
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Mali - 2010
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2010
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF MALI'S TELECOM MARKET
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • CRT
    • LIBERALISATION OF MALI'S TELECOM SECTOR
    • WEST AFRICAN COMMON REGULATORY FRAMEWORK 2005
    • INTERCONNECTION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN MALI
    • SOTELMA
      • Services
      • Network infrastructure
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000 1x EV-DO
      • Privatisation
      • Financial results 2004-2009
        • Table Sotelma financial results - 2007 - 2008
    • ORANGE MALI
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2010
  • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • TERRESTRIAL/SUBMARINE FIBRE
    • NEW INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE FIBRE OPTIC CABLES
      • Table New international submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa - 2009 - 2011
    • SATELLITE
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
    • INTERNET CAFES
    • MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY TELECENTRES (MCTS)
    • THE CYBERTIGI PROJECT
    • SCHOOLNET
    • ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD (OLPC)
    • ISP MARKET
      • Sotelma
      • Orange Mali
      • Afribone
      • CEFIB
      • Datatech
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • ADSL
    • WIMAX
  • CONVERGENCE
    • VOIP TELEPHONY
    • E-HEALTH
    • TELE-EDUCATION
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF MALI'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration rate - 2000 - 2010
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - March 2009
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Malitel
      • Orange Mali (formerly Ikatel)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments and m-banking

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