Liquid Telecom rolling out wholesale FttP in Lusaka
Zambia's GDP has remained almost unaffected by the global economic crisis and is expected to continue growing at around 8% p.a.
The landlocked country has recently gained access to international submarine fibre optic cables for the first time, which has already led to some significant retail price reductions for broadband services. Third Generation (3G) mobile broadband services have been launched and national fibre networks are being rolled out by four different companies. The first commercial LTE network launches have been undertaken, which has dramatically increased the number of mobile broadband subscribers in the country. Several ISPs have also rolled out WiMAX wireless broadband networks. These developments are set to increase overall broadband penetration significantly in coming years.
Although the mobile voice market is approaching saturation, the government is reviving old plans to issue a fourth mobile licence. The country's telecoms regulator has launched legal action against the existing mobile networks because of poor quality of service (QoS).
Estimated market penetration rates in Zambia's telecoms sector end-2014 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 73%
Fixed | 0.7%
Internet | 18%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
CEC Liquid Telecom acquires the ISP Realtime Technology;
Government embarks on second stage of program to extend mobile network coverage nationally by end-2016;
Liquid Telecom extends FttP services;
Thuraya Telecommunications providing a range of satellite broadband services;
MTN Zambia and Airtel Zambia sell tower assets to IHS Telecoms;
Zamtel contracts NEC Corporation to build a digital microwave radio transmission network;
Airtel commits an additional $142 million for network expansion and upgrades;
ISAT Africa sets up the first commercial VSAT hub in the country;
Mobile subscriber base falls as unregistered SIM cards are removed from operators' services;
Internet.org initiative partners with Airtel to provide fee basic services via a mobile app;
New international fibre connections lead to lower broadband prices;
Commercial LTE services launched;
Government confirms plans to licence a fourth mobile operator in 2015;
Rural base stations come online as part of government project to extend mobile and ICT services to rural areas;
Zamtel announces plans to launch its own mobile money transaction platform;
Report update includes the regulator's market updates to September 2014, operator data to Q2 2014, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Zambia Telecommunications Ltd (Zamtel, LapGreen); MTN Zambia; Bharti Airtel; Cell Z (Zamtel); ZamNet; Coppernet Solutions; UUNet Zambia; Microlink Technologies; AfriConnect; Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO); Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC); Comium.
This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Zambia's telecommunications market.
Subjects covered include:
Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
Facts, figures and statistics;
Industry and regulatory issues;
Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
Convergence and Digital Media;
3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
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);
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