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Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

November 2020 | 125 pages | ID: B151C53AC9ECEN
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The Botswana - 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

Botswana's BoFiNet triples international internet capacity

Effective regulatory reform has made Botswana's telecom market one of the most liberalised in the region. There is a service-neutral licensing regime adapted to the convergence of technologies and services, and several operators now compete in all telecom sectors.

Botswana has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in Africa, though with this growth in the number of subscribers has slowed sharply in recent years. The popular use of multiple SIM cards from different operators has delayed the introduction of mobile number portability. Although the telecom regulator has not been convinced of the facility's economic benefits the government insists that the facility will be made available. In a bid to generate new revenue streams and secure market share, the three MNOs Mascom Wireless (an affiliate of South Africa's MTN), Orange Botswana (backed by Orange Group) and BTC have entered the underdeveloped broadband sector by adopting 3G, LTE and WiMAX technologies. In the fixed-line broadband 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 dramatically. Paratus Teleco in mid-2020 announced plans to build a private network covering the entire country and linking to the company's international cables.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. 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:
  • BTC improves satellite connectivity to improve rural broadband access and support e-learning and e-government services;
  • Orange Botswana expands its Digital Schools Project, extends the reach of LTE-A services;
  • Alphabet secures clearance to trial project Loon in Botswana;
  • Government imposes m-money transaction limits;
  • Regulator ends off-peak mobile wholesale call rates;
  • Korea Telecom advises BTC on LTE network optimisation;
  • Orange Money initiates cross-border m-payment platform;
  • BTC reports 3.7% increase in revenue for the first half of fiscal 2020;
Report update includes telcos' data to Q3 2020, regulator's 2019 annual report and market data to Q1 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:

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
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL AFRICA MARKET COMPARISON

2.1 TMI vs GDP
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

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

6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

6.1 Historical overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

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

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
8.8 E-health
8.9 E-learning

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)
9.2 Liquid Telecom

10 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 International infrastructure

11 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

12 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

13 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Botswana 2020 (e)
Table 2 Telecom aggregate financial data 2012, 2013, 2015 2018
Table 3 Telecom sector investment 2015 2018
Table 4 Change in BOCRA Group's surplus revenue 2009 2019
Table 5 Change in BOCRA's income (Authority) 2012 2019
Table 6 Change in BOCRA Group's income by type (BWP million) 2012 2019
Table 7 Telecom licenses by category (old framework) 2011 2018
Table 8 Telecom licenses by category (new framework) 2017 2019
Table 9 Fall in MTRs 2011 2014; 2017 2018
Table 10 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 11 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Table 12 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2020
Table 13 Change in SMS traffic 2011 2020
Table 14 Mobile internet subscribers by operator 2012 2020
Table 15 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband penetration 2013 2025
Table 16 Growth in mobile broadband traffic (PB) 2016 2019
Table 17 Development of Mascom Botswana's mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Table 18 Growth in the number of Mascom Botswana's mobile subscribers 2011 2020
Table 19 Development of Mascom Botswana's financial data (ZAR million) 2015 2020
Table 20 Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 21 Growth in the number of BTC's mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Table 22 BTC mobile revenue by service (BWP million) 2015 2019
Table 23 Mobile money users 2011 2020
Table 24 Change in the number of mobile money users by operator 2014 2020
Table 25 Growth in the number of internet subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2020
Table 26 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2025
Table 27 DSL broadband subscribers 2008 2020
Table 28 Fixed wireless broadband subscribers 2012 2019
Table 29 Development of BTC's financial data (BWP million) 2010 2020
Table 30 Annual change in BTC's financial data (BWP million) 2011 2020
Table 31 Development of BTC's revenue by service (BWP million) 2013 2019
Table 32 Annual change in BTC's revenue by service (BWP million) 2014 2019
Table 33 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 34 Development of international internet bandwidth 2010 2019
Table 35 - Historic BTC financial results 2005 - 2009
Table 36 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 37 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana 2000 - 2009
Table 38 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 39 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 40 Historic Mascom Botswana ARPU 2005 2009
Table 41 Historic Orange Botswana Subscribers 2007 2009
Table 42 Historic - Orange Botswana mobile revenue (historic) 2008 2014
Table 43 Historic - Value of mobile money transactions (historic) 2011 2014
Table 44 Historic - Mobile money transactions by volume 2013 2014
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 2 Southern Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Africa Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders)
Chart 4 Southern Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 Southern Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Southern Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Telecom sector financial data 2012, 2013, 2015 2018
Chart 8 Change in BOCRA Group's income by type (BWP million) 2012 2019
Chart 9 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2010 2020
Chart 11 Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 12 Change in SMS traffic (million) 2011 2020
Chart 13 Mobile internet subscribers by operator (thousand) 2012 2020
Chart 14 Active mobile broadband penetration 2013 2020
Chart 15 Growth in mobile broadband traffic (PB) 2016 2019
Chart 16 Development of Mascom Botswana's mobile ARPU 2010 2020
Chart 17 Growth in the number of Mascom Botswana's mobile subscribers (million) 2011 2020
Chart 18 Development of Mascom Botswana's financial data 2015 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 20 Growth in the number of Orange Botswana's mobile subscribers 2012 2020
Chart 21 BTC mobile revenue by service 2015 2019
Chart 22 Change in the number of mobile money users by operator 2014 2020
Chart 23 Growth in the number of internet subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2020
Chart 24 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2025
Chart 25 Development of BTC's financial data 2010 2020
Chart 26 Development of BTC's revenue by service 2013 2019
Chart 27 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Southern Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of Botswana
Exhibit 4 BoFiNet's fibre coverage in Botswana


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