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Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

November 2020 | 100 pages | ID: A725E3B586FDEN
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The Afghanistan - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant BuddeComm research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.

Executive Summary

Afghanistan making progress in international cable connectivity

Although Afghanistan continues to be confronted by numerous challenges, largely due to the material effects of many years of war and civil strife, there have been successes in the country's efforts to rebuild infrastructure and create a functional telecom sector.

Telecom services now cover over 90% of the population, though penetration rates remain relatively low. Efforts continue on rolling out fixed-line services, but these are limited to outside the main urban areas and thus the country heavily relies on mobile network infrastructure.

The government has been supported by the World Bank and a range of other donors to develop a nationwide fibre backbone. Afghanistan now has terrestrial cable connectivity to five neighbouring countries, while work on the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project' to connect to China is nearing completion.

The mobile market showed reasonably strong growth between 2012 and 2017 but faced a serious slowdown in 2018, with the number of subscribers falling 8% year-on-year. This was partly due to increasing violence in the country (creating population displacement as well as damage to infrastructure), and also to a downturn in the regional economy. Insurgent activity continues to degrade telecom infrastructure, mainly in damage done to mobile towers. However, there were positive signs of recovery in 2019, with slow subscriber growth despite the uncertainty created by the presidential election. The Covid-19 pandemic contributed to a fall in the number of mobile subscribers in 2020, and the segment is expected to remain under pressure well into 2021.

Afghanistan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband penetration over the past few years, with penetration reaching 22% in 2019 compared to only 1% in 2013. The sector is still at an early stage of development and penetration remains relatively low compared to other Asian nations. As with the mobile sector, the number of mobile broadband subscribers has been affected by the pandemic though slow growth is expected to return in the sector after 2022.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus 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:
  • Regulator and Ministry of Communications develop new policy to improve telecom QoS;
  • Salaam Telecom launches its LTE service in some areas of Kabul;
  • Progress made with the Wakhan Corridor Fibre Optic Survey Project;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to March 2020, operator data to Q2 2020, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Afghan Telecom/Aftel/Salam Telecom/Networks, Afghan Wireless Communications Company/AWCC, Roshan/ Telecom Development Company Afghanistan (TDCA), Etisalat Afghanistan, MTN Afghanistan, Wasel Telecom.
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

3.1 Economy

4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

5.1 Market analysis
5.2 Historical background

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Overview
6.2 Regulatory authorities
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile statistics
7.2 Mobile infrastructure
7.3 Mobile broadband
7.4 Mobile satellite
7.5 Major mobile operators
7.6 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
8.2 WiMAX
8.3 WiFi
8.4 Internet cafes

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-Commerce
9.2 e-Government
9.3 e-Health
9.4 e-Education

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Afghan Telecom
10.3 Afghan Wireless Communications Co (AWCC)
10.4 Wasel Telecom
10.5 Other licences

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Fixed-line statistics
11.2 Optical fibre backbone
11.3 IP infrastructure
11.4 Rural Access
11.5 Microwave ring
11.6 International infrastructure
11.7 Cloud computing
11.8 Afghanistan National Data Centre (ANDC)

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Afghanistan 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Mobile subscribers by category 2019 - 2020
Table 4 Population coverage type of mobile technology - 2019
Table 5 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2020
Table 6 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Table 7 Mobile operator and systems
Table 8 Subscribers and market share by major operators 2019
Table 9 Change in the number of Roshan's mobile subscribers 2005 - 2009; 2018 - 2019
Table 10 Growth in the number of MTN Afghanistan's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 11 Decline in MTN Afghanistan's mobile ARPU 2011 2020
Table 12 Development of MTN Afghanistan's revenue 2014 2020
Table 13 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 14 Internet penetration 2009 - 2018
Table 15 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 16 Growth in the number of fixed line subscriptions and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 17 Historic - Afghan Telecom - wireline and wireless subscribers 2012; 2014 2016
Table 18 Historic Mobile ARPU by operator 2008 2012
Table 19 Historic - ARPU by operator 2008 2012
Table 20 Historic - Mobile subscribers 2002 - 2009
Table 21 Historic Fixed-line subscriptions and teledensity 2000 2009
Table 22 Historic - International internet bandwidth 2005 2009
Table 23 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 2009
Table 24 Historic - AWCC's mobile subscribers 2006 2011
Table 25 Historic - Roshan's mobile subscribers 2007 2009
Table 26 Historic MTN Afghanistan mobile subscribers 2007 2009
Table 27 Historic - Etisalat Afghanistan mobile subscribers 2007 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Central Asia
Chart 4 Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Central Asia (selected countries)
Chart 5 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 6 Change in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2013 2025
Chart 7 Growth in the number of MTN Afghanistan's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 8 Decline in MTN Afghanistan's mobile ARPU 2011 2020
Chart 9 Development of MTN Afghanistan's revenue 2014 2020
Chart 10 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 11 Internet users and penetration 2009 - 2018
Chart 12 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Chart 13 Growth in the number of fixed line subscriptions and teledensity 2010 2025
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Central Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 3G licence awards by operator and date
Exhibit 4 3G service launches by operator and date
Exhibit 5 Licensed ISPs March 2020


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