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Lesotho - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Telecom services in Lesotho are managed by a privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The mobile sector is a duopoly between South Africa-based Vodacom and ETL, though competition is insufficient to promote effective price reductions for consumers. Mobile penetration remains below the regional average, while the small size of the market provides little incentive for new entrants.

Fixed-line teledensity is also low, but the fixed network has gained value since DSL services were launched in 2007. In parallel, ETL has rolled out a fixed-wireless network. In addition, the company has introduced a fixed-mobile convergence product and is capitalising on its multi-platform capabilities.

Vodacom was the first operator to introduce mobile broadband services in the country, supplemented with a WiMAX network. In late 2014 the company launched commercial services based on LTE technology. This was followed by fixed-wireless 5G trials in early 2019 based on a trial 3.5GHz licence. Vodacom Lesotho was among the first network operators in the region to conduct such trials.

Although landlocked, Lesotho has benefited from connectivity to the several submarine fibre optic cables which land on African east and west coasts. These have considerably improved international bandwidth, though access prices for the two ISPs remain high and as a consequence internet take-up among consumers has been stymied.

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:

Vodacom Lesotho starts 5G trials;

ETL expands FttP network;

Vodacom Foundation launches m-health service facilitated by M-Pesa;

Regulator considers imposing SIM card registration;

Improved internet connectivity following landing of international cables;

Universal Service Agency expanding base tower infrastructure in remote areas;

Report update includes ITU statistics, regulator's 2017 ICT market report, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, operator data to Q4 2018, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Lesotho, Econet a, Vodacom Lesotho, Eskom, Comnet.

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

5 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5.1 TMI vs GDP

5.2 Mobile and mobile broadband

5.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Telecommunication Policy of 1999

6.2 ICT policy 2005

6.3 Communications Policy 2008

6.4 National Master Plan

6.5 Telecommunications Act of 2000

6.6 Communications Act of 2012

6.7 National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP)

6.8 Regulatory authority

6.9 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.10 Privatisation

6.11 Licence fees

6.12 SIM card registration

6.13 Universal Service Fund (USF)

7 Fixed network operator

7.1 Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

9 Fixed-line broadband market

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9.2 Broadband statistics

9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile broadband

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

11 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Lesotho 2018 (e)

Table 2 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 4 International bandwidth 2001 2016

Table 5 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 6 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 7 Proportion of households with internet access in Lesotho 2007 2018

Table 8 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2002 2018

Table 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018

Table 10 DSL broadband subscribers 2011- 2018

Table 11 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018

Table 14 Vodacom Lesotho subscribers and churn rate 2002 2018

Table 15 Vodacom Lesotho active data subscribers 2014 2018

Table 16 Vodacom Lesotho ARPU 2011 2018

Table 17 Vodacom Lesotho revenue 2017 2018

Table 18 ETL mobile subscribers 2014 2016

Table 19 Vodacom Lesotho M-Pesa subscribers 2017 2018

Chart 1 Overall Africa view-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018

Chart 2 Southern Africa-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018

Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers) 2018

Chart 4 Southern Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018

Chart 5 Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018

Chart 6 Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018

Chart 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2005 2018

Chart 8 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2018

Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2018

Chart 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Lesotho

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 Southern Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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Telecom services in Lesotho are managed by a privatised national operator, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL). The mobile sector is a duopoly between South Africa-based Vodacom and ETL, though competition is insufficient to promote effective price reductions for consumers. Mobile penetration remains below the regional average, while the small size of the market provides little incentive for new entrants.

Fixed-line teledensity is also low, but the fixed network has gained value since DSL services were launched in 2007. In parallel, ETL has rolled out a fixed-wireless network. In addition, the company has introduced a fixed-mobile convergence product and is capitalising on its multi-platform capabilities.

Vodacom was the first operator to introduce mobile broadband services in the country, supplemented with a WiMAX network. In late 2014 the company launched commercial services based on LTE technology. This was followed by fixed-wireless 5G trials in early 2019 based on a trial 3.5GHz licence. Vodacom Lesotho was among the first network operators in the region to conduct such trials.

Although landlocked, Lesotho has benefited from connectivity to the several submarine fibre optic cables which land on African east and west coasts. These have considerably improved international bandwidth, though access prices for the two ISPs remain high and as a consequence internet take-up among consumers has been stymied.

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:

Vodacom Lesotho starts 5G trials;

ETL expands FttP network;

Vodacom Foundation launches m-health service facilitated by M-Pesa;

Regulator considers imposing SIM card registration;

Improved internet connectivity following landing of international cables;

Universal Service Agency expanding base tower infrastructure in remote areas;

Report update includes ITU statistics, regulator's 2017 ICT market report, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, operator data to Q4 2018, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Lesotho, Econet a, Vodacom Lesotho, Eskom, Comnet.

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

5 Regional Africa Market Comparison

5.1 TMI vs GDP

5.2 Mobile and mobile broadband

5.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

6 Regulatory environment

6.1 Telecommunication Policy of 1999

6.2 ICT policy 2005

6.3 Communications Policy 2008

6.4 National Master Plan

6.5 Telecommunications Act of 2000

6.6 Communications Act of 2012

6.7 National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP)

6.8 Regulatory authority

6.9 Telecom sector liberalisation

6.10 Privatisation

6.11 Licence fees

6.12 SIM card registration

6.13 Universal Service Fund (USF)

7 Fixed network operator

7.1 Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL)

8 Telecommunications infrastructure

8.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8.2 International infrastructure

9 Fixed-line broadband market

9.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9.2 Broadband statistics

9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Mobile broadband

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

11 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Lesotho 2018 (e)

Table 2 Historic-Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 3 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 4 International bandwidth 2001 2016

Table 5 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 6 Internet users and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 7 Proportion of households with internet access in Lesotho 2007 2018

Table 8 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2002 2018

Table 9 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2007 2018

Table 10 DSL broadband subscribers 2011- 2018

Table 11 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 1999 2009

Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Lesotho 2010 2018

Table 13 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018

Table 14 Vodacom Lesotho subscribers and churn rate 2002 2018

Table 15 Vodacom Lesotho active data subscribers 2014 2018

Table 16 Vodacom Lesotho ARPU 2011 2018

Table 17 Vodacom Lesotho revenue 2017 2018

Table 18 ETL mobile subscribers 2014 2016

Table 19 Vodacom Lesotho M-Pesa subscribers 2017 2018

Chart 1 Overall Africa view-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018

Chart 2 Southern Africa-Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita 2018

Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers) 2018

Chart 4 Southern Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018

Chart 5 Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018

Chart 6 Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018

Chart 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Lesotho 2005 2018

Chart 8 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2018

Chart 9 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 2018

Chart 10 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2010- 2018

Exhibit 1 Map of Lesotho

Exhibit 2 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment

Exhibit 3 Southern Africa-Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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