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Ghana - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Ghana - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-102 | Pages: 84 | Published: Jun-17
  • Published by: Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd

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Details: Ghanas mobile market consolidates with Tigo and Airtel to mergeGhana 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 countrys 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 regulators 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


Table of Contents:


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
Exhibit 1 - SMS as a weapon against drug counterfeiting