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Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Tunisia's regulator accepts bids from the three MNOs for LTE licenses

As a result of heavy investments in the telecom sector since the mid-1990s, Tunisia has one of the most developed telecommunications and broadband infrastructures in Northern Africa, sporting some of the continent's highest market penetration rates and lowest prices. The events of the Arab Spring' revolution in 2011 drove the country into a mild recession, but GDP growth returned to pre-crisis levels the following year and is expected to remain stable at around 4.5% from 2015 onwards. Nevertheless, subsequent political difficulties have had an impact on the telecom sector, notably causing the delay in the sale of EIT's 35% interest in Tunisie Telecom, the country's fixed-line incumbent which offers a full range of services.

The mobile sector has experienced exceptional growth since the introduction of a second GSM network in 2002, operated initially by Egypt's Orascom under the name Tunisiana and now by Qatar Telecom (Qtel) which rebranded it to Ooredoo. France Telecom/Orange entered the market as the third operator in 2010 and launched Tunisia's first commercial 3G mobile service, followed by Tunicell in 2011 and Tunisiana in 2012. HSPA+ services with up to 42Mb/s using dual carrier technology are now available, while there are moves to develop commercial LTE services by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

Ooredoo and Orange are also licensed as fixed-line operators and have launched DSL and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) services. In addition, eleven ISPs compete in this sector, supported by a nationwide fibre optic backbone network and international access via submarine and terrestrial fibre. The former government encouraged and promoted internet use but at the same time kept tight control by restricting access to certain websites. A reform of the country's Telecommunications Act was initiated in 2013 and government internet censorship was officially abolished. In addition, laws supporting e-commerce and digital signatures have been passed, which has led to one of the most active e-government and e-commerce sectors in Africa.

In mid-2014 the regulator put in place a number of new measures and rules centred on consumer rights in the telecom sector. It also affirmed its commitment to implement a universal service regime and Number Portability in a bid to encourage market competition, as well as develop a mechanism to encourage infrastructure sharing agreements among operators.

Market penetration rates in Tunisia's telecoms sector July 2014
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 132%
Fixed | 8.2%
Internet | 49%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Key developments:

Ooredoo Tunisia, Tunisie Telecom and Orange Tunisia have bids for LTE spectrum accepted by the regulator; Orange Tunisia launches MBC shahid plus' IPTV/VoD service; Ooredoo Tunisia and Tunisie Telecom sign a RAN sharing deal; MVNO Lycamobile planning launch of services to capitalise on expat Tunisians; regulator opens consultation on LTE services; FttP and VDSL2 vectoring services launched, offering data at up to 100Mb/s; X-Labs develops mesh WiFi networks; MNOs call for committee to manage launch of LTE services; Didon submarine cable makes landing in Tunisia and is lit for services to Sicily and beyond; minority stake in Tunisie Telecom delayed through political difficulties; reform of Telecommunications Act initiated; government's censorship of the internet s officially abolished; 3G mobile broadband growth outshines fixed-line broadband; report updates include the regulator's market data, telcos' financial and operating date to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Tunisie Telecom (Tunicell), Orange (France Telecom), Ooredoo (Tunisiana, Orascom, Wataniya, Qatar Telecom/Qtel), Planet Tunisie, 3S GlobalNet, HexaByte, Tunet, Topnet, Divona Telecom, Thuraya, Nokia Systems and Networks (NSN), Huawei Technologies, ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Davos World Economic Forum ranking 2008-2013
3.2 Market analysis
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.2 Telecommunications Act 2001
4.2.1 2008 amendments
4.2.2 2013 reform
4.2.3 Developments in 2014
4.3 Regulatory authorities
4.3.1 INT
4.3.2 ONT
4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation in Tunisia
4.5 Number Portability (NP)
5. Fixed network operators in Tunisia
5.1 Tunisie Telecom (TT)
5.1.1 Privatisation
5.1.2 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.3 National telecom network
5.2 Orange Tunisie
5.3 Ooredoo (Tunisiana)
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Submarine fibre
6.2 Terrestrial
6.3 Satellite
7. Fixed-line broadband market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Statistics
7.2.1 Broadband statistics
7.2.2 Subscriber statistics
7.2.3 PC market and penetration
7.3 Public Internet access locations
7.4 Agence Tunisienne d'Internet (ATI)
7.5 Internet censorship, Net neutrality
7.6 Tunisia's ISP market
7.6.1 Public sector ISPs
7.6.2 Private sector ISPs
7.7 Data market
7.7.1 Public data networks
7.7.2 VSAT
8. Broadband Infrastructure
8.1 DSL
8.1.1 ADSL
8.1.2 VDSL
8.2 WiMAX
8.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
9. Digital Economy
9.1 VoIP
9.2 E-commerce
9.3 E-learning
9.4 E-government
10. Digital media
11. Mobile communications
11.1 Overview of Tunisia's mobile market
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 Mobile broadband statistics
11.3 Regulatory issues
11.3.1 Network sharing
11.3.2 LTE spectrum
11.4 Major mobile operators
11.4.1 Tunicell (Tunisie Telecom)
11.4.2 Ooredoo (Tunisiana)
11.4.3 Orange Tunisie
11.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.6 Mobile Infrastructure
11.6.1 SMS, MMS
11.6.2 Third Generation (3G)
11.6.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
11.6.4 GPRS, EDGE, WAP, Blackberry
11.6.5 GSM-R
11.6.6 Mesh WiFi
11.6.7 Satellite mobile
11.7 Mobile content and applications
11.7.1 Mobile TV
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Tunisia 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2015
Table 4 Internet statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 1995 - 2004
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 2005 - 2015
Table 9 Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 10 Fixed-line market share by operator 2009 - 2014
Table 11 Tunisia's international bandwidth 2001; 2006 - 2014
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband connections by data speed 2014 - 2015
Table 13 Internet subscribers, users and penetration rate in Tunisia 1999 - 2015
Table 14 PC penetration in Tunisia 1999 - 2013
Table 15 Orange Tunisia broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 16 Data service subscribers by technology in Tunisia 2001 - 2013
Table 17 ADSL subscribers vs total internet subscribers in Tunisia 2002 - 2015
Table 18 ADSL markets share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 19 Ooredoo FttP pricing 2015
Table 20 FttP subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 21 VoIP lines in service in Tunisia 2013 - 2014
Table 22 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 1995 - 2004
Table 23 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 2005 - 2016
Table 24 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 25 Active mobile broadband subscribers (3G with key) 2010 - 2015
Table 26 Active mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 27 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2015
Table 28 Mobile broadband subscribers (3G) and penetration 2013 - 2015
Table 29 Tunisie Telecom mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 30 Ooredoo blended monthly ARPU (QR) 2010 - 2014
Table 31 Ooredoo revenue and blended monthly ARPU (QR) 2002 - 2015
Table 32 Ooredoo subscribers and blended monthly ARPU 2002 - 2015
Table 33 Orange Tunisie mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 2005 2015
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Tunisia

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