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Gabon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

August 2020 | 95 pages | ID: GD8A450D53CEN
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The Gabon - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Gabon makes progress with international fibre connectivity

Gabon remains one of the wealthiest nations in Africa in terms of GDP per capita, with the economy largely buttressed by oil revenue.

The telecom market was liberalised in 1999 when the government awarded three mobile telephony licences and two ISP licences and established an independent regulatory authority. Gabon Telecom was privatised in 2007 when Maroc Telecom bought a 51% stake in the operator. In June 2016 Maroc Telecom merged Gabon Telecom with Moov Gabon, thereby reducing the number of mobile network operators from four to three.

The 2009 entry of USAN (operated by Bintel Group under the brand name Azur) into a competitive market with high penetration triggered a price war that saw falling revenue and profits, forcing the operators to streamline their businesses and to look for new income streams. Following more than a year of delays, a licence to offer 3G mobile broadband services was awarded in late 2011. Azur failed to weather competition and ceased trading in late 2017, encumbered by debts and fined by the regulator for failing to observe its quality of service obligations.

Both Airtel Gabon and Gabon Telecom Mobile (Libertis) have launched LTE services in a bid to develop revenue from mobile broadband and data services, while Libertis has also trialled 5G.

In contrast with the mobile market, Gabon’s fixed-line and internet sectors have remained underdeveloped due to a lack of competition and high prices. The country has sufficient international bandwidth on the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE submarine cable but this facility is monopolised by Gabon Telecom. The arrival of the ACE submarine cable, combined with progressing work on the CAB cable, has increased backhaul capacity supporting mobile data traffic.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 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:
  • Gabon Telecom to trial 5G in Libreville;
  • Gabon Telecom and Airtel Gabon renew mobile licences for ten years;
  • Government commits XAF150 billion in backbone infrastructure work;
  • Gabon and Congo end mobile roaming charges;
  • Universal service project gets underway, aiming to deliver telecom services to 2,700 villages;
  • Korea Telecom secures XAF6 billion contract to build two fibre segments as part of the Central African Backbone project;
  • New legal and regulatory framework comes into play;
  • E-Gabon project launched to improve e-health services;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q1 2020, operator data to Q2 2020, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Gabon Telecom (Maroc Telecom, Libertis); Bharti Airtel (Zain); Moov (Telecel Gabon); Bintel (USAN, Azur); Internet Gabon; Solsi; IBN Corporate.
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 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

3.1 Economic considerations and responses
3.2 Mobile devices
3.3 Subscribers
3.4 Infrastructure

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market analysis

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Regulatory authority
5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.4 Interconnection
5.5 Mobile roaming

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Market analysis
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile data
6.4 Mobile broadband
6.5 Mobile infrastructure
6.6 Major mobile operators
6.7 Mobile content and applications

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Introduction and statistical overview
7.2 Market analysis
7.3 Broadband statistics
7.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8 DIGITAL ECONOMY

8.1 e-health
8.2 e-learning

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR

9.1 Gabon 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 - Gabon 2020 (e)
Table 2 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 2020
Table 4 Development of mobile service revenue 2010 2020
Table 5 Change in mobile ARPU 2014 2020
Table 6 Change in the volume of SMS sent 2014 2020
Table 7 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2014 2025
Table 8 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2014 2020
Table 9 Change in the number of Airtel Gabon's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 10 Growth in the number of Libertis's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 11 Development of Libertis's mobile and mobile internet revenue 2012 2020
Table 12 Change in the market share of internet subscribers by operator 2013 2020
Table 13 Growth in the number of fixed-line and mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2010 2020
Table 14 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2020
Table 15 Growth in the number of Gabon Telecom's internet subscribers 2010 2020
Table 16 Development of Gabon Telecom's fixed-line revenue 2014 2020
Table 17 Growth in the number of Gabon Telecom's fixed-line subscribers 2014 2020
Table 18 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 19 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2017
Table 20 Historic - Airtel Gabon subscribers 2002 2009
Table 21 Historic - Libertis subscribers 2007 2009
Table 22 Azur subscribers 2010 2017
Table 23 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009
Table 24 Historic - International bandwidth 2002 2009
Table 25 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 26 Libertis annualised mobile ARPU 2013 2015
Table 27 Historic - Moov subscribers 2010 2015
Table 28 Historic - Moov mobile ARPU 2014 2015
Table 29 Historic - Fixed internet users and penetration 2000 2015
Table 30 Historic - Fixed-line and mobile internet subscribers and penetration rate 2002 2009
Table 31 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2003 2009
Table 32 Historic - Gabon Telecom internet subscribers 2007 2009
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 Central Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Africa Top-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Leaders)
Chart 4 Central Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 Central Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 Central Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Change in the market share of mobile subscribers by operator 2011 2020
Chart 9 Development of mobile service revenue 2010 2020
Chart 10 Change in mobile ARPU 2014 2020
Chart 11 Change in the volume of SMS sent 2014 2020
Chart 12 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2014 2025
Chart 13 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by operator 2014 2020
Chart 14 Change in the number of Airtel Gabon's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 15 Growth in the number of Libertis's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 16 Development of Libertis's mobile and mobile internet revenue 2012 2020
Chart 17 Change in the market share of internet subscribers by operator 2013 2020
Chart 18 Growth in the number of fixed-line and mobile internet subscribers and penetration 2010 2020
Chart 19 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2020
Chart 20 Development of Gabon Telecom's fixed-line revenue 2014 2020
Chart 21 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Central Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 2Africa submarine cable
Exhibit 4 2Africa landing stations


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