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Mauritania - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

August 2020 | 78 pages | ID: M80E48A8E79EN
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The Mauritania - 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

Mauritania again issues tender for LTE license auction

Mauritania’s small population and low economic output has limited the country’s ability to develop sustained growth. There are also practical challenges relating to transparency and tax burdens which have hindered foreign investment.

The telecom sector similarly faces a number of hurdles, though efforts continue to be made to address them with financial support from the government as well as the World Bank and European Investment Bank. These efforts have been focussed on implementing appropriate regulatory measures and promoting the further penetration of fixed-line broadband services by improving the national backbone network, ensuring connectivity to international telecom cables, and facilitating operator access to infrastructure. Much progress has been made to improve internet bandwidth capacity, including the completion of a cable link at the border with Algeria, while by early 2021 the country will also be connected to the EllaLink submarine cable.

Mauritel maintains a virtual monopoly in the fixed-line sector, and there is little stimulus for new market entrants. Penetration of fixed telephony and broadband penetration is very low and is expected to remain so in coming years, though growth is anticipated following improvements to backbone infrastructure and the reduction in access pricing.

Most voice and data services are carried over the mobile networks maintained by Mauritel, Mattel and Chinguitel though all three have repeatedly fallen short in their quality of service, despite fines being imposed (twice in 2020 alone). This represents a significant challenge, given the importance of mobile networks for basic telecom services.

Population penetration of 3G is relatively high, though developments in LTE have been stalled repeatedly following a succession of failed licence auctions. The regulator continues to pursue it plans, issuing a renewed tender in August 2020. In the meantime, mobile broadband access speeds are low, placing a brake on the potential for mobile commerce and related applications.

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:
  • Some 1,600km of new fibre backbone network laid as part of a WARCIP funded project;
  • Regulator concludes LTE auction with no acceptable bids made, issues another tender;
  • Mauritania improves international bandwidth through connection to the EllaLink submarine cable system;
  • MNOs fined twice in 2020 for poor QoS;
  • Chinguitel introduces improved billing system;
  • Digital High Council named to develop Digital Strategy for Mauritania;
  • Mauritania joins regional free roaming initiatives;
  • Mattel secures satellite backhaul connectivity for remote areas;
  • Report update includes ITU data for 2019, operator data for Q1 2020, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

Mauritel, Mattel, Chinguitel, Sudatel, Expresso Telecom, Tunisie Telecom.
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 Major mobile operators

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Mauritel

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 - Mauritania 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 3 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Change in the number of Mauritel Mobiles' mobile subscribers 2013 2020
Table 5 Mattel mobile subscribers 2013 2019
Table 6 Chinguitel mobile subscribers 2014 2019
Table 7 Development of Chinguitel's financial data 2012 2020
Table 8 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 Change in the number of Mauritel's fixed broadband subscribers 2009 2020
Table 10 Increase in the number of Mauritel's fixed line subscribers 2015 2020
Table 11 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2010 - 2025
Table 12 Increase in international internet bandwidth 2010 2017
Table 13 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000-2009
Table 14 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Mauritania 2000 2015
Table 15 Historic - Telecom market revenue ($) 2005 - 2012
Table 16 Historic - Mobile and fixed-line market revenue (MRO) 2009 2013
Table 17 Historic - Mobile and fixed voice traffic 2009 2015
Table 18 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2009
Table 19 Historic - International bandwidth 2002 2009
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 West Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers)
Chart 4 West Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 West Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 West Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Development of Chinguitel's financial data ($ million) 2012 2020
Chart 11 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 12 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 2020
Chart 13 Increase in the number of Mauritel's fixed line subscribers 2015 2020
Chart 14 Change in the number of fixed lines and teledensity 2010 - 2025
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 West Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country


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