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South Sudan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics


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South Sudan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

South Sudan joins the One Network Area

Following a referendum, oil-rich South Sudan seceded from Sudan and became the world's youngest independent nation in 2011. Having been deprived of development for decades, it has one of the least developed telecommunications and internet markets in the world. Although this potentially can create investment opportunities for infrastructure and service providers, such developments largely depend on a negotiate end to the civil war which erupted in December 2013, and which has caused considerable mayhem and bloodshed, particularly in the oil-producing areas. While the struggle continues into 2014, and many international workers have sought sanctuary in UN bases across the country, investors in all economic sectors have been discouraged though there is activity among existing mobile network operators seeking to expand their networks in some areas of the country.

At only around 20% penetration, one of the lowest in Africa, South Sudan's mobile market has many years of strong growth ahead of it. The virtually untapped internet and broadband market will kick off once the country gains access to international fibre optic cables and a national backbone network is put in place. Sophisticated infrastructure solutions are needed to reach the 80% of the population that live outside of the main urban centres. With a negligible rate of bank account ownership, mobile payment and banking solutions are set to dominate the country's financial services sector as well.

The limits to growth are currently defined by widespread poverty and a low literacy rate, but the government recognises the positive feedback loop on development that access to information and communication technologies (ICT) can have and is providing a range of investment incentives. The international community has provided $4 billion in aid to strengthen governance and institutions in the young nation.

Estimated market penetration rates in South Sudan's telecoms sector end 2014
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 29%
Fixed | 0%
Internet
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Key developments:

South Sudan joins the One Network Area scheme, removing international roaming charges for calls between Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan;
Government revisits plan to build 1,600km fibre network to connect to submarine cables via Uganda and Tanzania;
Kenyan telecom regulator helping South Sudan develop ICT regulation;
Kenya and South Sudan begin work on new World Bank-funded terrestrial fibre cable;
Government forms national committee to speed up designing and building the national backbone, considers setting up the National Communications Authority (NCA) to oversee the telecoms sector;
New international fibre connections expected later in 2015;
Mobile banking solutions set to revolutionise the largely cash-based economy;
Investment incentives in the ICT sector.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Zain, Vivacell (Network of the World; NOW); MTN; Gemtel Green Network (G Telecom; LAP Green); Sudatel; Sudani; Canar Telecom (Canartel, Etisalat); fastNet; RCS Communication; iBurst; Thuraya; Yahsat; O3b Networks; Fujairah Media Group (FMG); Equity Bank.

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in South Sudan's emerging telecommunications market and the business environment for investors.

Subjects covered include:

Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Infrastructure developments;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets, mobile ARPU;
Broadband ( DSL, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and industry issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE);


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics South Sudan - 2013
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2012
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2014
    • Table Internet and broadband statistics - 2013
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2013
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
    • Table Poverty rate in South Sudan by state - 2010
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • BACKGROUND
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • ICT POLICY
    • UNIVERSAL ACCESS
    • INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY
    • SIM CARD REGISTRATION
  • BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
    • WORLD BANK RANKING
    • TAX SYSTEM, INVESTOR INCENTIVES
    • INVESTMENT PROTECTION
    • FOREIGN OWNERSHIP RESTRICTIONS
    • ACCESS TO LAND
    • ELECTRICITY
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS IN SOUTH SUDAN
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in South Sudan - 2010 - 2013
    • SUDATEL
      • Fixed-line infrastructure
      • Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT)
      • National fibre backbone
    • CANARTEL (CANAR TELECOM)
  • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • SATELLITE
    • SUBMARINE AND TERRESTRIAL FIBRE
    • THE CENTRAL AFRICAN BACKBONE (CAB)
  • INTERNET MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table International internet bandwidth in South Sudan - 2010 - 2012
    • INTERNET STATISTICS
      • Table Broadband subscriptions in South Sudan, fixed vs. wireless - 2010 - 2014
    • SOUTH SUDAN'S ISP MARKET
      • fastNet
      • RCS
      • iBurst
      • Other ISPs
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
    • EV-DO
    • WIMAX AND WIFI
    • BROADBAND VIA SATELLITE
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF SOUTH SUDAN'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Cell towers in South Sudan by operator and state - 2010
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in South Sudan - 2010 - 2015
      • Table South Sudan mobile market share by operator - September 2013
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Vivacell
      • Gemtel
      • Zain South Sudan
        • Table Zain South Sudan subscribers and ARPU - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Zain South Sudan financial KPI - 2012 - 2013
        • Table Zain South Sudan network quality and broadband KPI - 2012
      • MTN South Sudan
        • Table MTN South Sudan revenue - 2012 - 2014
      • Sudani (Sudatel)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • SMS and MMS
      • GPRS and EDGE
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • LTE (4G)
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile banking
  • FORECASTS
    • MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers in South Sudan - 2015; 2020
    • MOBILE BANKING
    • INTERNET AND BROADBAND MARKET
  • RELATED REPORTS

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