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Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-66 | Pages: 51 | Published: Apr-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Executive summary
Botswanas BoFiNet expands Wi-Fi availabilityIn the telecom sector, effective regulatory reform has turned the countrys telecom market into one of the most liberalised in the region. There is a service-neutral licensing regime which takes into account the increasing convergence of technologies and services.
Botswana has one of the highest mobile market penetration rates in Africa, approaching 170%. Popular use of multiple SIM cards from different operators has delayed the introduction of mobile number portability, with the telecom regulator not convinced of the facilitys economic benefits at present. In a bid to generate new revenue streams and secure market share, the three mobile network operators (MNOs) - Mascom Wireless (an affiliate of South Africas MTN), Orange Botswana (backed by Orange Group) and beMobile (a subsidiary of the fixed-line incumbent BTC) - have entered the underdeveloped broadband sector with different strategies including 3G mobile, LTE, WiMAX, and bundling with fixed-line (DSL) services. In this market they compete with a large number of ISPs, some of which have rolled out their own wireless access infrastructure.
After a period of stagnation, the number of internet users has risen strongly in recent years, largely the result of lower prices following improvements in international connectivity. Historically, the landlocked country has depended on satellites for its international bandwidth, and on other countries for transit capacity to landing points of international submarine fibre optic cable systems. The landing of additional cables in the region in recent years has improved the competitive situation in this sector, while prices for connectivity have fallen by up to 70%.
The much delayed privatisation of BTC has been facilitated by the transfer of network assets and the management of BTCs involvement in two key submarine cables to the newly create wholesale operator Botswana Fiber Networks (BoFiNet). BTC has been transformed into a retailer of services. An IPO was completed in April 2016. There was considerable interest in the 44% of the company made available, with 5% reserved for employees and 51% being retained by the state. Some 50,000 private investors now have a stake in the operator.
Key developments:Access to BoFiNets Wi-Fi hotspots given to customers of the ISP CENE; BTC Mobile merged with BTC; BTC shares trading on Botswana Stock Exchange (BSE); BoFiNet completes three fibre network expansion links costing BWP200 million; Botswana Power Corporation and Liquid Telecom develop Liquid Telecom Botswana as a new network provider; BTC to merge with beMobile; regulator introduces Unified Licensing Framework; BTC awards Amdocs a five-year managed services contract for BSS; BTL launches mobile VSAT product; MNOs in southern African countries trial reduced roaming rates; Orange Botswana and Mascom launch LTE services; Orange signs multi-year managed services contract with Ericsson; Universal Access and Service Fund providing Wi-Fi access in public spaces; report update includes telcos data to Q4 2016, regulators 2016 annual report and market data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Botswanas telecoms sector - 2016 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services:Penetration
Fixed-line telephony8.2%
Internet users21.4%
Mobile SIM (population)176%
Companies mentioned in this report:Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC); Mascom Wireless (MTN); Orange Botswana (Vista Cellular); beMobile; Botsnet; MTN Business; InfoBotswana (IBIS); Broadband Botswana Internet (BBI); OPQ Net; Mega Internet; Global Broadband Solution (GBS); Tsagae Communications; Virtual Business Network Services (VBN); Bytes Technology; Fourth Dimension; Hi-Performance Systems; Microteck Enterprises; Tharinet; Netspread; First National Bank.


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 Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
5.3 Universal Service and Access Strategy
5.4 Unified Licensing Framework
5.5 Infrastructure sharing
5.6 Interconnection and tariffs
5.7 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.7.1 Regulatory reform 2006
5.7.2 Service-neutral licences since 2007
5.8 Privatisation
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)
6.1.1 Services
6.1.2 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.1.3 Public payphones
6.2 Liquid Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
7.3 International infrastructure
7.3.1 Submarine fibre
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Public internet access facilities
8.4 Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX)
8.5 White space spectrum
8.6 Broadband statistics
8.7 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.7.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.7.2 Other fixed broadband services
8.8 E-health, E-learning
9. Digital media
9.1 Communications: VoIP
9.2 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
10. Mobile market
10.1 Recent developments
10.2 Market analysis
10.3 Mobile statistics
10.4 Mobile data
10.5 Mobile broadband
10.6 Regulatory issues
10.6.1 Backbone infrastructure
10.6.2 Airtime tax
10.6.3 SIM card registration
10.6.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10.6.5 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
10.6.6 Roaming
10.7 Mobile infrastructure
10.7.1 Digital networks
10.7.2 Other infrastructure developments
10.8 Major mobile operators
10.8.1 Mascom Wireless
10.8.2 Orange Botswana (formerly Vista Cellular)
10.8.3 BTC (beMobile)
10.9 Mobile content and applications
10.9.1 m-banking, m-money
11. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Botswana - 2016 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telecom aggregate financial data - 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Table 8 - Telecom sector investment - 2015 - 2016
Table 9 - BOCRA surplus financial results - 2009 - 2015
Table 10 - BOCRA income - 2012 - 2015
Table 11 - Telecom licenses by category - 2011 - 2015
Table 12 - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2016
Table 13 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 14 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2010 - 2017
Table 15 - International bandwidth - 2003 - 2015
Table 16 - Wholesale bandwidth pricing in Botswana by capacity- 2011 - 2014
Table 17 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 18 - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2010 - 2017
Table 19 - Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
Table 20 - DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2018
Table 21 - Fixed wireless broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 22 -MNO financial data - 2012 - 2013
Table 23 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 24 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
Table 25 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2016
Table 26 - Prepaid and contract market share of subscribers - 2013 - 2016
Table 27 - Mobile internet subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2016
Table 28 - MTRs - 2011 - 2014
Table 29 - Mascom Botswana ARPU - 2005 - 2016
Table 30 - Mascom Botswana subscribers - 2011 - 2016
Table 31 - Orange Botswana subscribers - 2007 - 2016
Table 32 - Orange Botswana mobile revenue - 2008 - 2014
Table 33 - BTC subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 34 - Mobile money users - 2011 - 2016
Table 35 - Value of mobile money transactions - 2011 - 2014
Table 36 - Mobile money transactions - 2013 - 2014
Table 37 - Mobile money users by operator - 2014 - 2016
Chart 1 - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000 - 2017
Chart 3 - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000 - 2017
Chart 4 - Mobile subscribers in Botswana - 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 - Map of Botswana