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Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: August 26, 2020 Content info: 78 Pages
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Mauritania again issues tender for LTE license auction

Mauritania's small population and low economic output has limited the country's ability to develop sustained growth. There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment.

The telecom sector similarly faces a number of hurdles, though efforts continue to be made to address them with financial support from the government as well as the World Bank and European Investment Bank. These efforts have been focussed on implementing appropriate regulatory measures and promoting the further penetration of fixed-line broadband services by improving the national backbone network, ensuring connectivity to international telecom cables, and facilitating operator access to infrastructure. Much progress has been made to improve internet bandwidth capacity, including the completion of a cable link at the border with Algeria, while by early 2021 the country will also be connected to the EllaLink submarine cable.

Mauritel maintains a virtual monopoly in the fixed-line sector, and there is little stimulus for new market entrants. Penetration of fixed telephony and broadband penetration is very low and is expected to remain so in coming years, though growth is anticipated following improvements to backbone infrastructure and the reduction in access pricing.

Most voice and data services are carried over the mobile networks maintained by Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel though all three have repeatedly fallen short in their quality of service, despite fines being imposed (twice in 2020 alone). This represents a significant challenge, given the importance of mobile networks for basic telecom services.

Population penetration of 3G is relatively high, though developments in LTE have been stalled repeatedly following a succession of failed licence auctions. The regulator continues to pursue it plans, issuing a renewed tender in August 2020. In the meantime, mobile broadband access speeds are low, placing a brake on the potential for mobile commerce and related applications.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:

  • Some 1,600km of new fibre backbone network laid as part of a WARCIP funded project;
  • Regulator concludes LTE auction with no acceptable bids made, issues another tender;
  • Mauritania improves international bandwidth through connection to the EllaLink submarine cable system;
  • MNOs fined twice in 2020 for poor QoS;
  • Chinguitel introduces improved billing system;
  • Digital High Council named to develop Digital Strategy for Mauritania;
  • Mauritania joins regional free roaming initiatives;
  • Mattel secures satellite backhaul connectivity for remote areas;
  • Report update includes ITU data for 2019, operator data for Q1 2020, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Mauritel, Mattel, Chinguitel, Sudatel, Expresso Telecom, Tunisie Telecom.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional Africa Market Comparison

  • TMI vs GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband
  • Fixed and mobile broadband

Country overview

COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Telecommunications Law 1999
    • Universal Service
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
  • Mobile network developments
    • Spectrum auctions
    • Quality of Service (QoS)
    • SIM card registration

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • Roaming
    • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Mauritel Mobiles
    • Mattel
    • Chinguitel

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview

Fixed network operators

  • Mauritel

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
    • Terrestrial
    • Submarine cable networks

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mauritania - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 3 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 4 - Change in the number of Mauritel Mobiles' mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Mattel mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 6 - Chinguitel mobile subscribers - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 7 - Development of Chinguitel's financial data - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 8 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 9 - Change in the number of Mauritel's fixed broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Increase in the number of Mauritel's fixed line subscribers - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 11 - Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 12 - Increase in international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000-2009
  • Table 14 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania - 2000 - 2015
  • Table 15 - Historic - Telecom market revenue ($) - 2005 - 2012
  • Table 16 - Historic - Mobile and fixed-line market revenue (MRO) - 2009 - 2013
  • Table 17 - Historic - Mobile and fixed voice traffic - 2009 - 2015
  • Table 18 - Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 19 - Historic - International bandwidth - 2002 - 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 2 - West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 3 - Africa - Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers)
  • Chart 4 - West Africa -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 5 - West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 - West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 7 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 8 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 9 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 10 - Development of Chinguitel's financial data ($ million) - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 12 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Increase in the number of Mauritel's fixed line subscribers - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
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