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Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mali grants its first LTE licence

Mali has a challenging geography for the provision of telecommunication services, with large tracks of the country being sparsely populated desert. Many settlements are hard to reach, making them difficult and expensive to service with effective backhaul infrastructure. Security issues have also been a concern, leading to delays in the national backbone network being built by Huawei.

Compounding these difficulties is the fact that underinvestment in fixed-line networks has meant that telecom infrastructure is barely adequate to serve consumer needs in most towns and is largely absent in many areas of the country. In addition, a combination of poverty, high illiteracy and low PC use has led to a very low take-up of fixed-line internet services. In common with many other countries in the region, Mali has taken to mobile networks for voice and data services.

Orange Mali entered the market as the second mobile and fixed-line operator in 2003 and soon became the dominant provider. The duopoly with national telco, Sotelma, continued until late 2017 when Alpha Telecom (after much delay) launched mobile services. A fourth mobile licence is also being considered by the government in a bid to improve market competition. In June 2018 the Algerian operator Mobilis expressed an interest in entering the Malian mobile market by acquiring this licence.

Mobile penetration in Mali is relatively high and given the sparse nature of the fixed-line infrastructure there is considerable potential for mobile broadband services. Nevertheless, Mali's landlocked location makes it dependent on neighbouring countries for international bandwidth, which has kept prices high. Improvements in this sector can be expected from the recent arrival of several new competitive international submarine fibre optic cables in the region, while the government in late 2017 set in motion plans for a local Internet Exchange Point.

Key developments:

Malitel launches Mobicash money transfer service, secures 4G licence;
Orange Mali pays XOF100 million for renewed 15-year concession;
Alpha Telecom Mali launches mobile services;
Government agrees loan to fund the Mali Numerique 2020' fibre network project;
Huawei granted extension to complete the national fibre backbone network;
Vodafone Wholesale completes its second fibre-optic network connecting Ghana to Mali and Niger;
Orange Mali and Ecobank develop m-banking service;
G5 Sahel countries adopt free mobile roaming measures;
Sonatel begins project to upgrade its network infrastructure;
Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2016, telcos' operating data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Société des Télécommunications du Mali (Sotelma, Maroc Telecom, Vivendi), Orange Mali (Ikatel, Orange Group), Monaco Telecom, Planor Afrique, Afribone, CEFIB, Datatech.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mali – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telcom market investments – 2005 - 2016
      • Table Telcom market investments by operator– 2006 - 2014
      • Table Telcom market revenue by sector – 2005 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • PRIVATISATION
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • SOTELMA
      • Table Sotelma revenue (XOF) –2005 - 2014
      • Table Sotelma fixed-line statistics – 2005 - 2018
    • ORANGE MALI
      • Table Orange Mali fixed-line statistics – 2005 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali – 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali – 2010 - 2018
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Terrestrial/submarine fibre
        • Table International bandwidth – 2001 - 2016
        • Table Internet bandwidth by operator – 2009 - 2014
      • Satellite
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Orange Mali broadband fixed-internet subscribers– 2008 - 2016
      • Table Sotelma internet subscribers – 2008 - 2018
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mali – 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Mali – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali – 2000 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 4G (LTE)
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS
        • Table SMS traffic – 2006 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile internet subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Third mobile licence
      • Fourth mobile licence
      • Roaming
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Malitel
        • Table Malitel mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2018
        • Table Malitel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
      • Orange Mali (formerly Ikatel)
        • Table Orange Mali mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2018
        • Table Orange Mali revenue (€) –2007 - 2018
        • Table Orange Mali revenue (XOF) –2005 - 2014
        • Table Orange Mali ARPU (€) –2014 - 2016
      • Alpha Telecom Mali
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-payments and m-banking
  • RELATED REPORTS

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