Dallas, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/21/2014 -- Technology-neutral license awards in 2013 strengthen the broadband market
The telecom market in Benin continues to face considerable hurdles to overcome the country’s poor fixed-line infrastructure. Nevertheless, recent developments suggest that the sector will be transformed in coming years, with services made more widely available, at far cheaper prices, than hitherto. This has the potential to transform many areas of the country’s economy, bringing a greater proportion of the population into the orbit of internet commerce and connectivity.
- New technology-neutral license awards in 2013 to promote broadband connectivity;
- Second international submarine fibre optic cable offers pricing competition;
- Plans advance to sell off Libercom as a separate company;
- Strong growth in the number of mobile internet accesses.
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The third submarine cable system, which came online in 2012, has substantially reduced the cost of international bandwidth. The fixed-line monopoly operator Benin Telecoms has also expanded its fixed-wireless and DSL-based broadband services in recent years, extending its national fibre backbone and international fibre connections. Long-established plans to privatise the company have thus far come to nought, though the government is developing its strategy to sell of the company’s assets, including the mobile services unit Libercom which will be spun off as a new entity with separate assets.
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Companies covered in this report:
MTN, Moov (Telecel), Libercom, BBCom (Bell Benin), Glo Mobile (Globacom), Benin Telecoms (OPT), Kanakoo (BeninNet), Isocel, EIT, FirstNet, Arts Bobo, Sobiex Informatique, Global Trading Agency, Afripa Telecom, Thuraya, Nitel, Suburban Telecom, CEB.
Gabon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband (http://www.marketreportsonline.com/67157.html ) Gabon remains one of the wealthiest nations in Africa, with the economy largely buttressed by oil revenue. GDP per capita is well above the African average, although a distorted income distribution and poor social indicators are evident. GDP growth of over 6% annually is anticipated through to 2015 at least.
The telecom market was liberalised in 1999 when the government awarded three mobile telephony licences and two Internet Service Provider (ISP) licences and established an independent regulatory authority. Following two unsuccessful attempts, Gabon Telecom was privatised in 2007 when Vivendi-controlled Maroc Telecom bought a 51% stake in the operator.
With competition between three service providers – Zain (formerly Celtel, now Bharti Airtel), Gabon Telecom’s Libertis, and Etisalat’s Moov – Gabon became one of the first countries in Africa to exceed 100% mobile market penetration in 2008. Recently the regulator adjusted its recording of mobile penetration, based on a standard adopted by the French telecom regulator, to account for multiple SIM card use among subscribers. Network operators have been able to maintain higher Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) than their peers in the region.
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- One of the highest levels of mobile penetration and ARPU in Africa;
- 3G mobile licence finally awarded, services expected by end-2013;
- Second international fibre optic cable lands;
- Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
- Gabon Telecom launches mobile payments platform;
- Libertis aiming to launch 4G services by mid-2014; mobile services reaching 95% of the population,
- secures new mobile licences from the government;
- Operator data to Q4 2013, market developments to March 2014.
Companies covered in this report: Gabon Telecom (Maroc Telecom, Libertis); Bharti Airtel (Zain); Moov (Telecel Gabon); Bintel (USAN, Azur); Internet Gabon; Solsi & IBN Corporate.
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