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Rwanda - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Rwanda - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-91 | Pages: 50 | Published: May-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive summary
Rwandan government commits to smart city investmentThe Rwandan telecom market continues to develop strongly, buttressed by sustained GDP growth which has seen the country develop one the fastest-growing economies in the world. Supported by significant foreign aid, this growth has been helped by prudent fiscal and monetary policies which have create a business-friendly environment conducive to investment.
Nevertheless, poverty remains widespread. There is little economic diversity, with up to 99% of the population engaged in agriculture and in the mineral and agro-processing sectors. The financial services sector is also underdeveloped: with banks focussed on government borrowing there is little attention paid to the support of small businesses, and most of the population has little or no access to conventional banking services. In turn, this has made Rwanda one of the more successful markets on the continent for mobile banking and payment services.
Although the country was slow to liberalise the mobile sector, allowing South Africas MTN a monopoly until 2006 when the fixed-line incumbent, Rwandatel (since acquired by Liquid Telecom) became the second mobile operator, there is effective competition among the three current operators, each of which provides wide geographic coverage. The launch of services from Tigo in 2009 sparked renewed subscriber growth, though competition has eroded mobile services revenue and ARPU since then.
Rwandas internet and broadband sector has suffered from limited fixed-line infrastructure and high prices, but developments in the fixed network market are improving connectivity and reliability. The operators are rolling out national fibre-optic backbone networks which also allow them to connect to the international submarine fibre-optic cables on the African east coast. These cables have given the entire region fibre-based international bandwidth for the first time and brought to an end its dependency on satellites. During 2017 Liquid Telecom has continued to expand its FttP services across Kigali and a number of other towns.
Interest from investors in the countrys ICT sector remains strong. A deal with Korea Telecom has developed a wholesale LTE operator, Korea Telecom Rwanda Networks, which provides retail services to a number of fixed-line operators as well as to the mobile network operators. The number of subscribers on LTE infrastructure increased 200% in 2016, year-on-year.
This report contains an overview and analysis of Rwandas telecommunications market, profiles of the major players in all market sectors, relevant statistics and analysis, and scenario forecasts to 2021 for the countrys mobile market.
Key developments:Tigo Rwanda pilots loan facility via Tigo Cash; government commits to investing in smart city infrastructure with Nokia; Bharti Airtel considers sale of Rwandan unit; MTN Rwanda fined for moving IT services abroad; Liquid Telecom expands FttP network; fleet of buses equipped with LTE routers to provide mobile broadband for passengers; regulator calls for interested parties to manage Mobile Number Portability facility; MNOs implement One Network Area scheme removing roaming charges; Smart Africa Alliance Initiative to raise $300 billion by 2020 for regional ICT infrastructure; KTRN expands wholesale LTE services; report update includes the regulators market data to December 2016, telcos operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Rwandas telecoms sector - 2016 (e)
MarketPenetration rate
Fixed-line telephony0.1%
Fixed internet29.3%
Mobile SIM (population)79%
Companies mentioned in this report:Rwandatel (Terracom, LapGreen); MTN Rwanda; Liquid Telecom; Tigo Rwanda (Millicom); Bharti Airtel; Artel Communications; Electrogaz.


Table of Contents:


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Historic overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Regulatory authority
5.1.1 Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA)
5.1.2 RITA and NICT
5.2 Licensing
5.3 Market liberalisation
5.3.1 Third national operator licence
5.3.2 Fourth mobile licence: Bharti Airtel
5.4 Interconnection
5.5 Universal access
5.5.1 MTN VillagePhone
5.5.2 Cheaper handsets initiatives
5.6 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Liquid Telecom
6.1.1 Privatisation
6.1.2 Network infrastructure
6.1.3 Wireless local loop (WLL)
6.2 Artel Communications
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Liquid Telecom (Rwandatel/Terracom)
7.3 Electrogaz
7.4 MTN Rwanda
7.5 International infrastructure
7.5.1 VSAT
7.5.2 Smart Africa Alliance
7.5.3 The East Africa Backhaul System (EABS)
7.5.4 Submarine fibre optic cables
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Broadband statistics
8.4 ISP market
8.5 Rwanda Internet Exchange Point (RIXP)
8.6 Cybercafes and telecentres
8.7 One Laptop per Child (OLPC)
8.8 Other initiatives
8.9 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.9.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.9.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.9.3 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital Economy
9.1 E-government
9.2 E-health
9.3 E-learning
9.4 Cloud services
10. Digital media
10.1 Digital TV developments
10.2 Videostreaming
11. Mobile market
11.1 Market analysis
11.2 Mobile statistics
11.3 Mobile data
11.4 Mobile broadband
11.5 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
11.6 Regulatory issues
11.6.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.6.2 Tower infrastructure
11.6.3 One Area Network
11.7 Mobile infrastructure
11.7.1 Digital networks
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 MTN Rwanda
11.8.2 Rwandatel (formerly Terracom Mobile)
11.8.3 Tigo Rwanda
11.8.4 Bharti Airtel Rwanda
11.9 Mobile handsets
11.10 Mobile content and applications
11.10.1 Money transfer, m-banking
12. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Rwanda - 2016 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2016
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telecom sector investment - 2005 - 2016
Table 8 - Telecom sector revenue - 2001 - 2018
Table 9 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
Table 10 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
Table 11 - Fixed lines by operator - 2010 - 2016
Table 12 - International bandwidth - 2006 - 2016
Table 13 - Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 14 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2010- 2018
Table 15 - Internet subscribers by platform - 2009- 2016
Table 16 - Dial-up internet subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2016
Table 17 - Broadband (>256kb/s) subscribers by type - 2013 - 2016
Table 18 - Internet subscribers by major ISP - 2011 - 2016
Table 19 - Registered pay TV subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
Table 20 - Active pay TV subscribers by operator - 2013 - 2015
Table 21 - Mobile call tariff - 2009 - 2016
Table 22 - Mobile sector revenue - 2015 - 2016
Table 23 -Mobile geographic coverage by operator - December 2016
Table 24 -Mobile population coverage by operator - December 2016
Table 25 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 26 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
Table 27 - Mobile subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2009 - 2016
Table 28 -Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2011- 2016
Table 29 - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2016
Table 30 - Mobile internet market share of subscribers by operator- 2013- 2016
Table 31 - Mobile broadband subscribers by operator - 2014 - 2016
Table 32 - Forecast mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 33 - MTN Rwanda ARPU - 2002 - 2017
Table 34 - MTN Rwanda financial data - 2011 - 2014
Table 35 - MTN Rwanda subscribers - 2012 - 2017
Table 36 - Tigo Rwanda subscribers - 2010 - 2017
Table 37 - Bharti Airtel Rwanda subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
Chart 2 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2005- 2018
Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 - e-Soko