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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Guinea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: November 13, 2020 Content info: 105 Pages
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Guinea sets deadline to join regional roaming pact

Guinea's telecommunications sector was given a tremendous boost following the market entry of MTN Group and Orange Group. Subsequently, the number of mobile subscribers grew strongly while revenue also increased steadily. The debt-stricken incumbent fixed-line operator Sotelgui operated its Lagui mobile unit before it closed down in late 2012. Sotelgui was declared bankrupt in 2013, though the government since 2019 has sought to secure partners and investors to help launch a replacement operator, Guinea Telecom. The heavily indebted fourth mobile player Intercel was obliged to close down its network in late 2018.

Broadband services are still very limited and expensive. The landing of the first international fibre optic submarine cable in 2012, and the setting up of an IXP in mid-2013, has gone some way to developing the nascent broadband market develop by reducing the cost of internet bandwidth and improving the reliability of infrastructure. A National Backbone Network is nearing completion, connecting administrative centres across the country, though in practice almost all internet connectivity will remain via mobile infrastructure.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus 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:

  • Orange secures ten-year mobile licence renewal;
  • Telecom regulators of the ECOWAS countries set March 2021 deadline to launch free roaming initiative;
  • National fibre backbone nears completion;
  • M-money services gain strong customer take-up;
  • MTN signs management services contract with Huawei;
  • Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2019, market data to June 2020, operator data to Q3 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:

Société des Télécommunications de Guinée (Sotelgui), MTN (Areeba, Investcom), Orange (Spacetel), Intercel (Télécel Guinea), Cellcom Guinee, MiriNet (Afribone), ETI, Universal Communication (DiscoveryTel), Ristel, Afripa Telecom, Alternet Systems, Broad Telecom, Soguicis, Thucatel, Telekom Malaysia.

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
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Historical overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Privatisation
  • Mobile network developments
    • Roaming

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
  • Major mobile operators
    • MTN Guinea (Areeba)
    • Sotelgui (Lagui)
    • Orange Guinea (formerly Spacetel Guinee)
    • Intercel Guinea (formerly Télécel Guinea)
    • Cellcom Guinea
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • LTE (4G)
    • 3G
    • GPRS
    • Mobile satellite
    • Mobile data
    • Mobile broadband
  • Mobile content and applications
    • m-payments
    • m-health

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Introduction and statistical overview
  • Broadband subscribers
  • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Satellite broadband

Digital economy

  • SchoolWeb Wi-Fi Network

Fixed network operator

  • Sotelgui

Telecommunications infrastructure

  • Overview of the national telecom network
  • Telecentres
  • VoIP
  • IXP
  • International infrastructure

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

Related reports

List of Tables

  • Table 1 - Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Guinea - 2020 (e)
  • Table 2 - Cumulative mobile market investment by operator (GNF million)- 2010 - 2019
  • Table 3 - Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2025
  • Table 4 - Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers (thousand) - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 5 - Development of mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 6 - Change in the share of mobile voice traffic by operator - 2015 - 2020
  • Table 7 - Development of mobile sector revenue - 2010- 2020
  • Table 8 - Mobile market revenue by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 9 - Mobile market share of revenue by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 10 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 11 - Mobile coverage of main towns by operator - 2011 - 2020
  • Table 12 - Development of MTN Guinea's financial data (ZAR million) - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 13 - Development of MTN Guinea's financial data (GNF million) - 2016 - 2020
  • Table 14 - Change in the number of MTN Guinea's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 15 - Change in MTN Guinea's mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 16 - Growth in the number of Orange Guinea's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 17 - Development of Orange Guinea's revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 18 - Change in the number of Cellcom's mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 19 - 3G mobile coverage of main towns by operator - 2014 - 2019
  • Table 20 - Change in SMS traffic - 2014 - 2020
  • Table 21 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea - 2014 - 2025
  • Table 22 - Increase in the number of mobile internet users - 2010 - 2020
  • Table 23 - Mobile internet market share by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Table 24 - Mobile money subscriptions by operator - 2017 - 2020
  • Table 25 - Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2021
  • Table 26 - Development of fixed-line revenue - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 27 - Development of GUILAB's revenue - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 28 - Development of GUILAB's internet capacity (Gb/s) - 2017 - 2019
  • Table 29 - Increase in international bandwidth - 2010 - 2019
  • Table 30 - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 31 - Fixed-line voice traffic - 2010 - 2014
  • Table 32 - Historic - International bandwidth - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 33 - Historic - Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 34 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
  • Table 35 - Mobile internet connections (EDGE, GPRS, 3G) - 2010 - 2014
  • Table 36 - Historic - MTN Guinea mobile ARPU - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 37 - Historic - MTN Guinea subscribers - 2006 - 2009
  • Table 38 - Historic - Intercel mobile subscribers - 2013 - 2018
  • Table 39 - Historic - Fixed-line internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2015

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 - Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents)
  • 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 rate - 2010 - 2025
  • Chart 8 - Development of mobile voice traffic - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 9 - Change in the share of mobile voice traffic by operator - 2015 - 2020
  • Chart 10 - Development of mobile sector revenue - 2010- 2020
  • Chart 11 - Mobile market revenue by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 12 - Mobile market share of revenue by operator - 2013 - 2020
  • Chart 13 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 14 - Development of MTN Guinea's financial data (ZAR) - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 15 - Development of MTN Guinea's financial data (GNF million) - 2016 - 2020
  • Chart 16 - Change in the number of MTN Guinea's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 17 - Change in MTN Guinea's mobile ARPU - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 18 - Growth in the number of Orange Guinea's mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 19 - Development of Orange Guinea's revenue - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 20 - Change in the number of Cellcom's mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 21 - Change in SMS traffic - 2014 - 2020
  • Chart 22 - Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers in Guinea - 2014 - 2025
  • Chart 23 - Increase in the number of mobile internet users - 2010 - 2020
  • Chart 24 - Mobile internet market share by operator - 2012 - 2020
  • Chart 25 - Mobile money subscriptions by operator - 2017 - 2020
  • Chart 26 - Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2021

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 - Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
  • Exhibit 2 - West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
  • Exhibit 3 - Map of Guinea
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