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Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Mauritania's network operators still failing consumers on service quality

Mauritania's small population and low economic output has limited the country's ability to develop growth. There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment. The telecom sector similarly faces a number of hurdles, though efforts continue to be made to address them, with financial support from the government as well as the World Bank and European Investment Bank. These efforts have been focussed on implementing appropriate regulatory measures and promoting the further penetration of fixed-line broadband services by improving the national backbone network, ensuring connectivity to international telecom cables, and facilitating operator access to infrastructure.

Despite these efforts, Mauritel maintains a virtual monopoly in the fixed-line sector, and there is little stimulus for new market entrants. Penetration of fixed telephony and broadband penetration is very low, and is expected to remain so in coming years. Most voice and data services are carried over the mobile networks maintained by Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel. Population penetration of 3G is relatively high, though as yet there are few developments in LTE and as a consequence mobile broadband access speeds are low, placing a break on the potential for mobile commerce and related applications. The regulator still struggles to enforce good quality of service among these operators, despite fines being imposed. This represents a significant challenge, given the importance of mobile networks for basic telecom services.

Key developments:

Mauritania expected to join regional free roaming initiative later in 2018;

All three MNOs fined for SIM card registration failings;

Poor Quality of Service remaining an issue for consumers;

Mattel secures satellite backhaul connectivity for remote areas;

Report updates include recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Mauritel, Mattel, Chinguitel, Sudatel, Expresso Telecom, Tunisie Telecom.

1. Executive Summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Telecommunications Law 1999
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Universal Service
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5 Privatisation
5.6 Quality of Service (QoS)
5.7 SIM card registration
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Mauritel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General Statistics
9.2.2 Roaming
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.3 Major mobile operators
9.3.1 Mauritel Mobiles
9.3.2 Mattel
9.3.3 Chinguitel
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Mauritania 2017 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2018
Table 4 Internet and broadband user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom market revenue ($) - 2005-2012
Table 8 Mobile and fixed-line market revenue (MRO) 2009 - 2013
Table 9 Mobile and fixed voice traffic 2009 - 2015
Table 10 Mauritel fixed line subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 11 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000-2009
Table 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 13 International bandwidth 2002 - 2016
Table 14 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania 1999 - 2009
Table 15 Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania 2010 - 2022
Table 16 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration in Mauritania 2005 - 2018
Table 17 Mauritel fixed broadband subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 18 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2000 - 2009
Table 19 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 20 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009- 2018
Table 21 Mauritel Mobiles mobile subscribers 2013 - 2017
Table 22 Mattel mobile subscribers 2013 - 2017
Table 23 Chinguitel mobile subscribers 2013 - 2017
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2018
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania 2005 2022
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Chart 4 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009- 2018

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