Ghana-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses

Ghana-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses


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Executive Summary

Ghana’s mobile market consolidates with Tigo and Airtel to merge

Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to liberalise and deregulate its telecommunications sector. Following the privatisation of Ghana Telecom in 1996 there was very rapid growth in market competition across the mobile, internet and fixed-line sectors, with a number of new players being licensed to offer services. Ghana Telecom was acquired by the Vodafone Group in 2009 and rebranded as Vodafone Ghana. It is the principal fixed-line provider and also the second largest player in the mobile services sector.

The country has one of the most vibrant mobile markets on the continent, with six competing operators including the regional heavyweights MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). In March 2017 the owners of Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana agreed on terms for the merger of these local units, creating the second largest operator in the country by subscribers.

Although mobile subscriber growth has remained strong in recent years competition has resulted in lower ARPU and consequently operators have seen stagnant revenue growth. While growth in the voice market has slowed, there is enormous potential in mobile broadband services, both in terms of subscriber additions and in mobile data ARPU. Mobile broadband already accounts for the vast majority of internet connections in the country. The launch of LTE services by MTN Ghana in mid-2016 has added to the vibrancy of this sector.

Ghana also has a highly competitive internet market, with more than 140 licensed ISPs although only about a quarter of these are active. The arrival of two submarine fibre optic cables in 2012 and 2013 significantly increased international bandwidth and led to a reduction in the cost of broadband access. These developments, combined with the roll out of national fibre backbone networks by a number of players, are continuing to revolutionise the country’s broadband market and pave the way for the convergence of technologies and services.

Key developments:

Accra Digital Centre is opened;

Google builds out 1,200km of metro-net fibre as part of its Project Link program;

Government planning launch of the Ghanasat 1 satellite in 2020;

Ghana Information Communication Technology Council to be set up to guide the ICT sector;

Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana agree merger terms;

Tigo doubles data rates deploying sing HSPA+ technology;

MTN Ghana launches LTE using 800MHz licence;

Expresso considers sale of tower assets;

Surfline Communications and Blu Telecoms launch LTE services;

Vodafone launches FttP-based broadband services;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to February 2017, operator data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecom; OneTouch), Telkom Malaysia, Telenor, Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel), Capital Telecom, Globacom (Glo Mobile), Main One, VoltaCom, Phase3 Telecom, Suburban Telecom, MTN Ghana; Millicom Ghana (Tigo), Expresso Telecom (Sudatel, Kasapa), Thuraya, Network Computer Systems (NCS), InternetGhana, Africa Online, Busy Internet, Linkserve, IDN, Infinite Stream Ghana, Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG), Cactel Communications, O3b Networks, VoltaCom, Internet Solutions



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1. Key statistics

1.1 Country overview

2. Telecommunications market

2.1 Historical overview

3. Regulatory Environment

3.1 Regulatory authority

3.2 West African Common Regulatory Framework 2005

3.3 New competition framework 2006

3.4 Electronic Communications Act

3.5 Electronic Transaction Act

3.6 Universal service

3.7 Ghana Investment Fund for Telecommunications (GIFTEL)

3.7.1 The eCARE project

3.8 Telecom sector liberalisation

3.9 Fixed-line licence conditions

4. Fixed Network Operators

4.1 Vodafone Ghana (formerly Ghana Telecom)

4.1.1 First privatisation 1997-2007

4.1.2 The Telenor period, 2003-2005

4.1.3 Second privatisation 2008

4.1.4 Services

4.1.5 Network infrastructure

4.1.6 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)

4.1.7 National fibre backbone

4.2 Bharti Airtel (Zain, Westel)

4.2.1 Nationalisation 2006

4.2.2 Re-privatisation 2007

4.3 Capital Telecom (defunct)

5. Telecommunications Infrastructure

5.1 Overview of the national telecom network

5.2 Public payphones

5.3 Fibre backbone infrastructure

5.4 International infrastructure

5.4.1 Submarine fibre optic cables

5.4.2 Satellite services

5.5 Data centres

6. Broadband Market

6.1 Introduction and statistical overview

6.2 Broadband statistics

6.3 PC penetration, Affordable computer programs

6.4 Public Internet Access Venues (PAVs)

6.5 Shared access centres

6.6 Mobile Telecentre To-Go

6.6.1 Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA)

6.6.2 Ghana Internet Exchange Point (GIX)

6.7 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

6.8 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

6.9 Other fixed broadband services

6.9.1 Fixed wireless broadband

6.9.2 Powerline Communication (PLC)

6.9.3 Internet via satellite

6.9.4 O3b

6.10 Domestic backbone network infrastructure

6.10.1 Ghana National Public Data Network (DataNet)

6.10.2 FastNet

6.10.3 VoltaCom

6.10.4 Internet Solutions (IS)

6.10.5 Phase3 Telecom

6.10.6 Electronic Data Interchange

6.10.7 VSAT networks

7. Digital Media

7.1 Videostreaming

7.2 Communications: VoIP

8. Digital Economy

8.1 E-commerce

8.2 E-government, e-Ghana project

8.3 E-learning

8.4 E-health

8.5 Facebook

9. Mobile Communications

9.1 Market analysis

9.2 Mobile statistics

9.2.1 General statistics

9.2.2 Mobile broadband/data

9.2.3 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022

9.3 Regulatory issues

9.3.1 Licensing

9.3.2 Spectrum

9.3.3 Roaming

9.3.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

9.3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

9.3.6 Network sharing

9.3.7 Taxation

9.3.8 Registration of subscriber details

9.3.9 Billing

9.4 Mobile infrastructure

9.4.1 Analogue networks

9.4.2 Digital networks

9.4.3 Other infrastructure developments

9.5 Satellite mobile

9.6 Major mobile operators

9.6.1 Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecom, OneTouch)

9.6.2 MTN Ghana (formerly ScanCom, Spacefon Areeba)

9.6.3 Tigo (Millicom Ghana, Mobitel)

9.6.4 Expresso

9.6.5 Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel)

9.6.6 Glo Mobile

9.6.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

9.6.8 M2M

9.7 Mobile content and applications

9.7.1 M-banking

9.7.2 Mobile video streaming

9.7.3 M-health

9.7.4 M-TV

9.8 Mobile handsets

Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)

Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2016

Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2017

Table 4 Internet, broadband and social media user statistics 2016

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Fixed-line and mobile services revenue 2010-2012

Table 8 Fixed-line subscribers by operator 2011 2017

Table 9 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999-2009

Table 10 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2018

Table 11 International bandwidth 2001-2015

Table 12 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 2000-2009

Table 13 Internet users and penetration rate 2010-2018

Table 14 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2009-2016

Table 15 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2004-2018

Table 16 Vodafone Ghana broadband subscribers 2012-2016

Table 17 DSL subscribers 2005-2016

Table 18 Broadband wireless access subscribers by operator 2016-2017

Table 19 Broadband wireless access market share by operator 2005-2017

Table 20 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999-2009

Table 21 Total mobile voice subscribers 2010-2018

Table 22 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011-2017

Table 23 Mobile voice subscriber market share by operator 2011-2017

Table 24 Overview of mobile network launch dates

Table 25 Mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2013-2017

Table 26 Mobile broadband subscriber share by operator 2015-2017

Table 27 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009-2017

Table 28 Forecast mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022

Table 29 Cumulative mobile number portings 2011-2015

Table 30 LTE subscribers by operator 2016-2017

Table 31 Vodafone Ghana subscribers 2008-2017

Table 32 MTN Ghana financial data 2010-2016

Table 33 MTN Ghana revenue by type 2015-2016

Table 34 MTN Ghana mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2012-2017

Table 35 MTN Ghana ARPU 2002 2016

Table 36 Tigo Ghana mobile subscribers (regulator data) 2013-2017

Table 37 Tigo Ghana mobile subscribers (company data) 2010-2016

Table 38 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013-2017

Table 39 Espresso Ghana mobile subscribers 2013-2017

Table 40 Glo Mobile subscribers 2013-2017

Chart 1-Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005-2018

Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2018

Chart 3-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005-2018

Chart 4 Mobile voice subscribers by operator 2011 2017

Chart 5 MTN Ghana financial data 2010 2016

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