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Uganda - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

April 2020 | 137 pages | ID: U43C96BAE33DEN
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Uganda expected to show positive GDP growth despite COVID-19

Reforms within the telecom sector in Uganda have provided the country with one of the most competitive markets in the region. The entry of MTN Uganda as the second national operator to compete with Uganda Telecom in all telecom sectors revolutionised the availability and quality of services. Competitors in recent years have taken advantage of the mismanagement of the incumbent telco, which contributed to underinvestment and the loss of subscribers. Uganda Telecom went into receivership in early 2017, and though the government reasserted control of the company it has since tried to sell its interest in it. A late 2018 sale to Teleology Holdings fell through after the latter failed to pay a deposit.

A simplified and converged licensing regime has significantly reduced barriers to market entry and increased competition, but this has also led to price wars which have dented operator revenue. Fixed-line infrastructure remains poor, with low penetration, and as a result fixed-line broadband penetration is also particularly low. In consequence, consumers have largely depended on mobile infrastructure to provide voice and broadband services. There is sufficient capacity with LTE infrastructure to match data demand during the next few years. Nevertheless, MTN Uganda has anticipated the migration to 5G, having held trials in early 2020. The roll out of a not expected before 2022.

Key developments
  • New license regime comes into play;
  • MTN Uganda trials standalone 5G;
  • New Ministry of ICT & National Guidance formed;
  • Liquid Telecom expands reach of FttP services;
  • Alphabet gets clearance to develop Loon broadband in Uganda;
  • Government commissions broadband satellite services for remote areas;
  • Regulator enforces national mobile broadband coverage obligations on mobile service licensees;
  • Difficulties remaining with SIM card registration scheme;
  • MTN Uganda secures licence renewal;
  • Ericsson deploys its Converged Wallet platform for MTN Uganda;
  • Report update includes the regulators market data to September 2019, Telecom maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, operator data to Q4 2019, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report

Uganda Telecom (UTL, LAP Green), MTN Uganda, UMEME, SEACOM, Infocom (Altech, Liquid Telecom), Internet Solutions, MTN Uganda (Telia), Bharti Airtel (Zain, Celtel), Uganda Telecom (UTL, LAP Green, Telecel, Orascom, Deutsche Telekom), Warid Telecom (Essar), Orange Uganda (HiTS Telecom), i-Tel, Simba Telecoms, Standard Chartered Bank, Monitise, American Tower Corporation (ATC), Eaton Towers, Smile Telecom, Smart Telecom, Sure Telecom, K2 Telecom, Africell (Lintel), UTL Online (Uganda Telecom), Infocom (Altech), Africa Online, Spacenet, MTN, Wateen Telecoms (Warid), Smile Telecom, Foris Telecom, Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), UMEME, WBS Television, NTV Uganda, MultiChoice.
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL AFRICAN 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 authorities
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 MOBILE MARKET

7.1 Mobile broadband
7.2 Mobile infrastructure
7.3 Other infrastructure developments
7.4 Major mobile operators
7.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7.6 Mobile content and applications

8 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Public Internet access locations
8.4 Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP)
8.5 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.7 Other fixed broadband services

9 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

9.1 Uganda Telecom (UTL)
9.2 MTN Uganda

10 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 Fibre infrastructure
10.3 International infrastructure

11 SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 Smart grids

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities Uganda 2020 (e)
Table 2 Telecom service tax revenue in Uganda 2008 2019
Table 3 Increase in the number of mobile base stations and towers in service 2015 2019
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 5 Growth in mobile voice traffic by type 2008 2019
Table 6 SMS messages sent, by type 2014 2019
Table 7 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 8 Growth in the number of MTN Uganda's mobile subscribers 2010 2019
Table 9 Development of MTN Uganda's financial data 2013 2019
Table 10 MTN Uganda revenue by type 2015 2019
Table 11 Development of MTN Uganda's ARPU 2009 2019
Table 12 Growth in the number of Airtel Uganda's mobile subscribers 2010 2019
Table 13 Change in the number of Telecel's mobile subscribers 2013 2019
Table 14 Growth in the number of Africell Uganda's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Table 15 Growth in the number of mobile money agents and subscribers 2013 2019
Table 16 Growth in the number of mobile money transactions and value 2009 2019
Table 17 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019
Table 18 Growth in of fixed broadband subscriptions 2010 2025
Table 19 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010- 2025
Table 20 Ugandas international internet bandwidth 2010 2018
Table 21 Ugandas internet bandwidth per population 2012 2018
Table 22 Historic - Telecom market revenue in Uganda 2008- 2012
Table 23 Vodafone Uganda mobile subscribers 2015 2017
Table 24 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Uganda 1996 2009
Table 25 Historic - MTN Uganda subscribers 2000 2009
Table 26 Historic - MTN Uganda ARPU 2002 2009
Table 27 Historic - Airtel Uganda subscribers 2002 2009
Table 28 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda 1995 2009
Table 29 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Uganda 1995 2009
Table 30 Historic - Ugandas international internet bandwidth 1999 2009
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 East Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Africa Bottom-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Emergents)
Chart 4 East Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 East Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 East Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Telecom tax revenue in Uganda 2008 2019
Chart 8 Increase in the number of mobile base stations and towers in service 2015 2019
Chart 9 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Growth in mobile voice traffic by type 2008 2019
Chart 11 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 12 Growth in the number of MTN Uganda's mobile subscribers 2010 2019
Chart 13 Development of MTN Uganda's financial data 2013 2019
Chart 14 Development of MTN Uganda's ARPU 2009 2019
Chart 15 Growth in the number of Airtel Uganda's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 16 Change in the number of Telecel's mobile subscribers 2013 2019
Chart 17 Growth in the number of Africell Uganda's mobile subscribers 2009 2019
Chart 18 Growth in the number of mobile money agents and subscribers 2013 2019
Chart 19 Growth in the number of mobile money transactions and value 2009 2019
Chart 20 Growth in the number of internet users and penetration rate 2010 2019
Chart 21 Change in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010- 2025
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 East Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 International gateway licences fees


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