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Mali - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Jun 2018

Category :

Telecommunications

No. of Pages : 28 Pages

Mali grants its first LTE licence
Mali has a challenging geography for the provision of telecommunication services, with large tracks of the country being sparsely populated desert. Many settlements are hard to reach, making them difficult and expensive to service with effective backhaul infrastructure. Security issues have also been a concern, leading to delays in the national backbone network being built by Huawei.

Compounding these difficulties is the fact that underinvestment in fixed-line networks has meant that telecom infrastructure is barely adequate to serve consumer needs in most towns, and is largely absent in many areas of the country. In addition, a combination of poverty, high illiteracy and low PC use has led to a very low take-up of fixed-line internet services. In common with many other countries in the region, Mali has taken to mobile networks for voice and data services.

Orange Mali entered the market as the second mobile and fixed-line operator in 2003 and soon became the dominant provider. The duopoly with national telco, Sotelma, continued until late 2017 when Alpha Telecom (after much delay) launched mobile services. A fourth mobile licence is also being considered by the government in a bid to improve market competition. In June 2018 the Algerian operator Mobilis expressed an interest in entering the Malian mobile market by acquiring this licence.

Mobile penetration in Mali is relatively high, and given the sparse nature of the fixed-line infrastructure there is considerable potential for mobile broadband services. Nevertheless, Mali’s landlocked location makes it dependent on neighbouring countries for international bandwidth, which has kept prices high. Improvements in this sector can be expected from the recent arrival of several new competitive international submarine fibre optic cables in the region, while the government in late 2017 set in motion plans for a local Internet Exchange Point.

Key developments:

  • Malitel launched its Mobicash money transfer service;
  • Orange Mali pays XOF100 million for renewed 15-year concession;
  • Alpha Telecom Mali launches mobile services;
  • Government considers awarding a tech-neutral fourth mobile licence;
  • Huawei granted extension to complete the national fibre backbone network;
  • Vodafone Wholesale completes its second fibre-optic network connecting Ghana to Mali and Niger;
  • Orange Mali and Ecobank develop m-banking service;
  • Sonatel begins project to upgrade its network infrastructure;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2016, telcos’ operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:
  • Société des Télécommunications du Mali (Sotelma, Maroc Telecom, Vivendi), Orange Mali (Ikatel, Orange Group), Monaco Telecom, Planor Afrique, Afribone, CEFIB, Datatech.

Table of Contents

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

4.1 Historical overview

5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Privatisation

6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Sotelma
6.2 Orange Mali

7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

8. International infrastructure
8.1 Terrestrial/submarine fibre
8.2 Satellite

9. Fixed-line broadband market
9.1 Introduction and statistical overview
9.2 Broadband statistics
9.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
9.3.1 Other fixed broadband services

10. Digital economy
10.1 e-health

11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.2.1 General statistics
11.3 Mobile infrastructure
11.3.1 4G (LTE)
11.4 Mobile data
11.4.1 SMS
11.5 Mobile broadband
11.6 Regulatory issues
11.6.1 Third mobile licence
11.6.2 Fourth mobile licence
11.6.3 Roaming
11.7 Major mobile operators
11.7.1 Malitel
11.7.2 Orange Mali (formerly Ikatel)
11.7.3 Alpha Telecom Mali
11.7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11.8 Mobile content and applications
11.8.1 m-payments and m-banking

12. Related reports

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics Mali – 2017 (e)
Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Mali – 2017
Table 6 – Telcom market investments – 2005 - 2014
Table 7 – Telcom market investments by operator– 2006 - 2014
Table 8 – Telcom market revenue by sector – 2005 - 2014
Table 9 – Sotelma revenue (XOF) – 2005 - 2014
Table 10 – Orange Mali fixed-line statistics – 2005 - 2014
Table 11 – Sotelma fixed-line statistics – 2005 - 2017
Table 12 – Historic - Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali – 1999 - 2009
Table 13 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali – 2010 - 2018
Table 14 –International bandwidth – 2001 - 2016
Table 15 –Internet bandwidth by operator – 2006 - 2014
Table 16 – Orange Mali broadband fixed-internet subscribers– 2008 - 2016
Table 17 – Sotelma internet subscribers – 2008 - 2017
Table 18 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mali – 1999 - 2009
Table 19 – Internet users and penetration rate in Mali – 2010 - 2018
Table 20 – Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2018
Table 21 – DSL subscribers – 2006 - 2017
Table 22 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali – 2000 - 2009
Table 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali – 2010 - 2018
Table 24 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2016
Table 25 – SMS traffic – 2006 - 2017
Table 26 – Mobile internet subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
Table 27 – Malitel mobile subscribers – 2005 - 2017
Table 28 – Malitel mobile revenue – 2012 - 2014
Table 29 – Orange Mali mobile subscribers – 2007 - 2017
Table 30 – Orange Mali revenue (€) – 2007 - 2017
Table 31 – Orange Mali revenue (XOF) – 2005 - 2014
Table 32 – Orange Mali ARPU (€) – 2005 - 2016
 

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Telcom market revenue by sector – 2005 – 2014
Chart 2 – Fixed-lines in service and teledensity in Mali – 2005 – 2018
Chart 3 – Internet users and penetration rate in Mali – 2005 – 2018
Chart 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Mali – 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 – Map of Mali

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