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West & Central Africa Telecommunications Report

West & Central Africa Telecommunications Report

Management Report
Published: June 2015
Pages: 155
Research from: Business Monitor International
Sector: Broadband & Fixed

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Our Q315 West and Central Africa report analyses latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments in the telecoms markets of seven countries: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. Strong growth over the last decade will lead to more saturated market conditions towards the end of our forecast and operators will increasingly shift their resources towards advanced data services to sustain revenue growth. Their efforts will be complemented by the proliferation of low-cost smartphones and tablets as well as cheaper and more reliable access to international bandwidth connectivity via submarine cables. Despite this, regionally 3G/4G shares of the mobile markets will remain lower than that of the more advanced peers in Europe and Middle-East.

Key Data
•In our forecast period ending 2019, we expect compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach 4% for the seven countries in our coverage, leading with the DRC at 14.1% and ending with Gabon at 1.1%.

•The positions are reversed, unsurprisingly, for our estimated penetration rates for 2014, with Gabon topping the region at 184.2%, with DRC reporting a rate of 56%. The seven countries' average is 109%, well above the regional average of 86.9%.

•The seven countries still have further room for growth in terms of 3G adoption, as they all fall below the region's average of 18.6%. Mali topped the list with 18.5%, with Cameroon bottom at 2.3%

Key Trends & Developments

State-run incumbent operator Cameroon Telecommunications (CamTel) has reportedly appointed Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies for installing its GSM network in Cameroon. Network rollout has already started in Yaounde and is expected to now start in Douala. CamTel secured a 15-year licence to set up and operate a mobile telecoms network in September 2014.

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