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Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: November 11, 2020 Content info: 125 Pages
Description

Botswana's BoFiNet triples international internet capacity

Effective regulatory reform has made Botswana's telecom market one of the most liberalised in the region. There is a service-neutral licensing regime adapted to the convergence of technologies and services, and several operators now compete in all telecom sectors.

Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa, though with this growth in the number of subscribers has slowed sharply in recent years. The popular use of multiple SIM cards from different operators has delayed the introduction of mobile number portability. Although the telecom regulator has not been convinced of the facility's economic benefits the government insists that the facility will be made available. In a bid to generate new revenue streams and secure market share, the three MNOs - Mascom Wireless (an affiliate of South Africa's MTN), Orange Botswana (backed by Orange Group) and BTC - have entered the underdeveloped broadband sector by adopting 3G, LTE and WiMAX technologies. In the fixed-line broadband market they compete with a large number of ISPs, some of which have rolled out their own wireless access infrastructure.

After a period of stagnation, the number of internet users has risen strongly in recent years, largely the result of lower prices following improvements in international connectivity. Historically, the landlocked country has depended on satellites for its international bandwidth, and on other countries for transit capacity to landing points of international submarine fibre optic cable systems. The landing of additional cables in the region in recent years has improved the competitive situation in this sector, while prices for connectivity have fallen dramatically. Paratus Teleco in mid-2020 announced plans to build a private network covering the entire country and linking to the company's international cables.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. 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:

  • BTC improves satellite connectivity to improve rural broadband access and support e-learning and e-government services;
  • Orange Botswana expands its Digital Schools Project, extends the reach of LTE-A services;
  • Alphabet secures clearance to trial project Loon in Botswana;
  • Government imposes m-money transaction limits;
  • Regulator ends off-peak mobile wholesale call rates;
  • Korea Telecom advises BTC on LTE network optimisation;
  • Orange Money initiates cross-border m-payment platform;
  • BTC reports 3.7% increase in revenue for the first half of fiscal 2020;
  • Report update includes telcos' data to Q3 2020, regulator's 2019 annual report and market data to Q1 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC), Mascom Wireless (MTN), Orange Botswana (Vista Cellular), beMobile, Botsnet, MTN Business, InfoBotswana (IBIS), Broadband Botswana Internet (BBI), OPQ Net, Mega Internet, Global Broadband Solution (GBS), Tsagae Communications, Virtual Business Network Services (VBN), Bytes Technology, Fourth Dimension, Hi-Performance Systems, Microteck Enterprises, Tharinet, Netspread, First National Bank.

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

  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Universal Service and Access Strategy
    • Unified Licensing Framework
    • Infrastructure sharing
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Regulatory reform 2006
    • Service-neutral licences since 2007
    • Privatisation
  • Mobile network developments
    • Backbone infrastructure
    • SIM card registration
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Roaming

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
  • Major mobile operators
    • Mascom Wireless
    • Orange Botswana (formerly Vista Cellular)
    • BTC (beMobile)
    • MVNOs
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-banking, m-money

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
  • Market analysis
  • Public internet access facilities
  • Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX)
  • White space spectrum
  • Broadband statistics
  • Fixed-line broadband technologies
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Other fixed broadband services
  • E-health
  • E-learning

Fixed network operators

  • Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)
  • Liquid Telecom

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • International infrastructure
    • Submarine cables

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Botswana - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Telecom aggregate financial data - 2012, 2013, 2015 - 2018
  • Table 3 - Telecom sector investment - 2015 - 2018
  • Table 4 - Change in BOCRA Group's surplus revenue - 2009 - 2019
  • Table 5 - Change in BOCRA's income (Authority) - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 6 - Change in BOCRA Group's income by type (BWP million) - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 7 - Telecom licenses by category (old framework) - 2011 - 2018
  • Table 8 - Telecom licenses by category (new framework) - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 9 - Fall in MTRs - 2011 - 2014; 2017 - 2018
  • Table 10 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 11 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Change in SMS traffic - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Mobile internet subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband penetration - 2013 - 2025
  • Table 16 - Growth in mobile broadband traffic (PB) - 2016 - 2019
  • Table 17 - Development of Mascom Botswana's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Growth in the number of Mascom Botswana's mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 19 - Development of Mascom Botswana's financial data (ZAR million) - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 20 - Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Growth in the number of BTC's mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 22 - BTC mobile revenue by service (BWP million) - 2015 - 2019
  • Table 23 - Mobile money users - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 24 - Change in the number of mobile money users by operator - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Growth in the number of internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 26 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 27 - DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2020
  • Table 28 - Fixed wireless broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2019
  • Table 29 - Development of BTC's financial data (BWP million) - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 30 - Annual change in BTC's financial data (BWP million) - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 31 - Development of BTC's revenue by service (BWP million) - 2013 - 2019
  • Table 32 - Annual change in BTC's revenue by service (BWP million) - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 33 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 34 - Development of international internet bandwidth - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 35 - Historic - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 36 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000-2009
  • Table 37 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000 - 2009
  • Table 38 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000-2009
  • Table 39 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 40 - Historic - Mascom Botswana ARPU - 2005 - 2009
  • Table 41 - Historic - Orange Botswana Subscribers - 2007 - 2009
  • Table 42 - Historic - Orange Botswana mobile revenue (historic) - 2008 - 2014
  • Table 43 - Historic - Value of mobile money transactions (historic) - 2011 - 2014
  • Table 44 - Historic - Mobile money transactions by volume - 2013 - 2014

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 2 - Southern Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
  • Chart 3 - Africa - Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders)
  • Chart 4 - Southern Africa -Telecoms Maturity Index by country
  • Chart 5 - Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
  • Chart 6 - Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
  • Chart 7 - Telecom sector financial data - 2012, 2013, 2015 - 2018
  • Chart 8 - Change in BOCRA Group's income by type (BWP million) - 2012 - 2019
  • Chart 9 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 10 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 11 - Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 12 - Change in SMS traffic (million) - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Mobile internet subscribers by operator (thousand) - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Active mobile broadband penetration - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Growth in mobile broadband traffic (PB) - 2016 - 2019
  • Chart 16 - Development of Mascom Botswana's mobile ARPU - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Growth in the number of Mascom Botswana's mobile subscribers (million) - 2011 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Development of Mascom Botswana's financial data - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - BTC mobile revenue by service - 2015 - 2019
  • Chart 22 - Change in the number of mobile money users by operator - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 23 - Growth in the number of internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 25 - Development of BTC's financial data - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Development of BTC's revenue by service - 2013 - 2019
  • Chart 27 - Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2025

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - Southern Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 - Map of Botswana
  • Exhibit 4 - BoFiNet's fibre coverage in Botswana
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