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Gambia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

August 2020 | 85 pages | ID: G2EB3501EBEEN
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The Gambia - 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

Gambia’s Gamtel launches fibre-based broadband services

Gambia’s telecom market is dominated by the incumbent telco Gamtel, which retains a monopoly on fixed-line telephony services. There are four mobile networks providing effective competition. The market leader is Africell, with about 60% market share, while Comium and QCell compete closely for second and third place. Gamtel’s mobile unit Gamcel is by far the smallest operator, having suffered from underinvestment in recent years. Mobile penetration is well above the African average, itself a testament to the poor condition of the fixed-line infrastructure and the lack of availability of fixed services in many rural areas of the country.

Although the incumbent has a relatively well-developed national fibre backbone network, low fixed-line penetration has hindered internet usage. There are only three licensed ISPs, which are small operators serving local areas, and so competition is minimal. The government has embarked on a National Broadband Network program aimed at closing the digital divide affecting many parts of the country. Gamtel launched services based on this network in late 2019, though on a limited scale.

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:
  • Regulator introduces per second billing for mobile calls;
  • Government confirms long-standing Gamcel privatisation plans;
  • Africell launches LTE services, competing with QCell;
  • Government announces liberalisation of the international gateway;
  • QCell launches its Qodoo Mobile Money service, follows with LTE;
  • Gamtel reports further declines in revenue;
  • Legislation prepared to create a new National ICT Agency;
  • Gamtel launches fibre services based on the National Broadband Network;
  • International Network Management Center (IINMC) opens, facilitating traffic on ACE cable;
  • Gamtel contracts Huawei for fibre backbone project;
  • Report update includes Gamtel financial data, ITU data, 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:

Gambia Telecommunications (Gamtel), Gamcel, Africell, Comium, QCell, Globacom, Thuraya, GamNet, QuantumNet, Netpage, Airtip
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 Regulatory authority
6.2 Fixed-line developments
6.3 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

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

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Internet Exchange Point (IXP)
8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 DIGITAL ECONOMY

9.1 e-government
9.2 Tele-education

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATOR

10.1 Gambia Telecommunications (Gamtel)

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Overview of the national telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure

12 APPENDIX

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Gambia 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Growth in the number of Gamcel's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Table 5 Growth in the number of Africell Gambia's mobile subscribers 2013 2019
Table 6 Comium mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Table 7 Growth in the number of QCell's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Table 9 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Table 10 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Gambia 1999 2009
Table 11 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Gambia 1999 2015
Table 12 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Gambia 1999 2009
Table 13 Historic International internet bandwidth 2002 2016
Table 14 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2004 2009
Table 15 Historic - Gamtel financial data 2012 2014
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers)
Chart 4 West Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country 2018
Chart 5 West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration 2018
Chart 6 West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates 2018
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Growth in the number of Gamcel's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 10 Growth in the number of Africell Gambia's mobile subscribers 2013 2019
Chart 11 Growth in the number of Comium's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 12 Growth in the number of QCell's mobile subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 13 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2020
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of Gambia


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