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 MNOs prep for commercial LTE launch

Tunisia has developed one of the most sophisticated telecommunications and broadband infrastructures in North Africa. The country market penetration rates for mobile and internet services is among the highest on the continent's, while regulatory measures and improved international bandwidth capacity has also meant that consumers benefit from relatively low prices.

The events of the Arab Spring' revolution in 2011 drove the country into a brief recession, but GDP growth soon returned to pre-crisis levels. This encouraged growing confidence in economic recovery, although GDP growth in 2015 was expected to have fallen to only 1%. Political difficulties in recent years have also 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. despite this, the government in 2016 is pressing on with plans to list its 65% stake in Tunisie Telecom on the Tunis stock exchange, in part to help the company raise funds to enable it to pursue its expansion plans, notably by acquiring the Maltese quad-play operator GO.

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. Orange Group 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 are now widely available. In March 2016 the regulator accepted bids from all three MNOs for LTE licenses. Extensive LTE trials have been carried out since late 2015, and a commercial launch is anticipated later in 2016. The MNOs published their LTE tariffs in July 2016.

Ooredoo and Orange Tunisie are also licensed as fixed-line operators and have launched DSL and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) services. In addition, a dozen public and private ISPs compete in this sector, supported by a nationwide fibre optic backbone network and international access via submarine and terrestrial fibre.

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.

Key developments:

Regulator opens public consultation on plans to regulate fibre infrastructure sharing; Ooredoo Tunisia, Tunisie Telecom and Orange Tunisia have bids for LTE spectrum accepted by the regulator; Tunisie Telecom partners with Korea Telecom to develop a 1Gb/s broadband service, completes G.fast trials delivering data at up to 800Mb/s; Number Portability introduced after much delay; Orange Tunisia launches MBC shahid plus' IPTV/VoD service; Ooredoo Tunisia and Tunisie Telecom begin RAN sharing network build; government announces plan to list its 65% stake in Tunisie telecom on the Tunis stock exchange; MVNO Lycamobile sees strong subscribers growth into 2016; Tunisian public Wi-Fi pilot begins; FttP and VDSL2 vectoring services launched, offering data at up to 100Mb/s; X-Labs develops mesh Wi-Fi networks; Didon submarine cable makes landing in Tunisia and is lit for services to Sicily and beyond; reform of Telecommunications Act initiated; government's censorship of the internet abolished; 3G mobile broadband growth outshines fixed-line broadband; report updates include the regulator's market data to April 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Tunisia's telecoms sector 2016 (e)

Market | Penetration rate

Fixed-line telephony | 8.1%

Fixed broadband | 4.5%

Mobile SIM (population) | 131%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Telecommunications Act 2001
5.2.1 Amendments - 2008
5.2.2 Reform - 2013
5.2.3 Developments - 2014
5.3 Regulatory authorities
5.3.1 INT
5.3.2 ONT
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5 Number Portability (NP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Tunisie Telecom (TT)
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.2 Orange Tunisie
6.3 Ooredoo Tunisie (Tunisiana)
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine fibre
7.2.2 Terrestrial
7.2.3 Satellite
7.3 Cloud services
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Public Internet access locations
8.4 Agence Tunisienne d'Internet (ATI)
8.5 Internet censorship, Net neutrality
8.6 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.6.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.6.2 VDSL
8.6.3 G.fast
8.6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6.5 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital Economy
9.1 E-commerce
9.2 E-learning
9.3 E-government
10. Digital media
10.1 Communications: VoIP
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile data
11.3.1 SMS, MMS
11.4 Mobile broadband
11.5 Regulatory issues
11.5.1 Network sharing
11.5.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.5.3 LTE spectrum
11.6 Mobile Infrastructure
11.6.1 Digital networks
11.6.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.7 M2M networks
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 Tunicell (Tunisie Telecom)
11.8.2 Ooredoo (Tunisiana)
11.8.3 Orange Tunisie
11.9 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.10 Mobile content and applications
11.10.1 M-money
11.10.2 Mobile TV
12. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Tunisia 2015
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 1995 - 2009
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 2010 - 2017
Table 9 Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 10 Fixed-line market share by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 11 Tunisia's international bandwidth 2001; 2006 - 2015
Table 12 Fixed-line broadband connections by data speed 2014 - 2016
Table 13 Internet users and penetration rate in Tunisia 1999 - 2016
Table 14 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2002 - 2016
Table 15 PC household penetration 1999 - 2016
Table 16 Public internet kiosks 2015 - 2016
Table 17 DSL subscribers vs total internet subscribers in Tunisia 2002 - 2016
Table 18 ADSL markets share by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 19 DSL subscribers by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 20 Orange Tunisia broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 21 Ooredoo FttP pricing 2016
Table 22 FttP subscribers 2018 - 2017
Table 23 WiMAX internet subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 24 VoIP lines in service in Tunisia 2013 - 2016
Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 1995 - 2009
Table 26 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 2010 - 2017
Table 27 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers 2014 - 2016
Table 28 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2009 - 2016
Table 29 Mobile broadband subscribers (3G with key) 2010 - 2016
Table 30 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 31 Mobile broadband market share by operator 2013 - 2016
Table 32 Standard 3G mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2013 - 2016
Table 33 3G/LTE mobile internet subscribers by operator 2014 - 2016
Table 34 Tunisie Telecom mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 35 Ooredoo blended monthly ARPU (QR) 2010 - 2015
Table 36 Ooredoo revenue and blended monthly ARPU (QR) 2002 - 2016
Table 37 Ooredoo subscribers 2002 - 2016
Table 38 Orange Tunisie mobile subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 39 Lycamobile Tunisie mobile subscribers 2015 - 2016
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia 2005 2017
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia 2005 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Map of Tunisia

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