Market Research Logo

Mali - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

The Mali - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts 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

Strong mobile growth following privatisation

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 2009 when a 51% stake was sold to Maroc Telecom, itself majority owned by Vivendi of France. The fresh capital and management has enabled the incumbent to compete much more aggressively.

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 2011 and 2012.

Market highlights:

  • Forecasts to end-2011 for mobile, fixed-line and Internet market;
  • Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
  • Strong mobile subscriber growth;
  • Third mobile licence expected;
  • New international fibre will improve broadband connectivity from 2011/12.Estimated market penetration rates in Mali’s telecoms sector - end-2010
  • MarketPenetration rate
  • Mobile40%
  • Fixed0.5%
  • Internet2.1%
  • (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
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;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and regulatory environment;
  • Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
  • Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Infrastructure development;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Average Revenue per User;
  • Internet and broadband development and growth;
  • Broadband and mobile data services and pricing trends;
  • Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table Estimated market penetration rates in Mali's telecoms sector - end-2010
  • 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 and tariffs
      • Network infrastructure
        • Table Sotelma fixed-line statistics - 2008 - 2010
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL), CDMA-2000 1x EV-DO
      • Privatisation
      • Financial results 2004-2010
        • Table Sotelma financial results - 2007 - 2008
        • Table Sotelma financial results - 2009 - 2010 (after privatisation)
    • ORANGE MALI
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali - 1999 - 2011
  • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • TERRESTRIAL/SUBMARINE FIBRE
    • NEW INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE FIBRE OPTIC CABLES
      • Table New international submarine fibre optic cables in West Africa - 2009 - 2012
    • SATELLITE
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Internet statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2011
    • INTERNET CAFES
    • MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY TELECENTRES (MCTS)
    • THE CYBERTIGI PROJECT
    • SCHOOLNET
    • ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD (OLPC)
    • ISP MARKET
      • Table Internet subscribers, Sotelma vs Orange - 2008 - 2010
      • 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 and penetration rate - 2000 - 2011
        • Table Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - December 2009
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Malitel
        • Table Malitel subscribers and ARPU - 2008 - 2010
      • Orange Mali (formerly Ikatel)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-payments and m-banking

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook

Share this report