New Market Study Published: Southern Africa Telecommunications Report Q4 2010

Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Southern Africa Telecommunications Report Q4 2010", is now available at Fast Market Research
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Oct. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- BMI's latest update on the telecommunications markets of Southern Africa contains revised forecast figures for the region's mobile subscriber, fixed-line telephony and internet markets. Our new forecasts revisions are based on H110 data published by a number of regional operators, including Portugal Telecom, South Africa's Vodacom and MTN, Egypt's Orascom Telecom, France's Orange and Luxembourg's Millicom International Cellular. In all of the regional markets surveyed by BMI, at least one of the operators has published subscriber data for the first and second quarters of 2010. This has made it possible to assess the development of the region's telecoms markets at the mid-point of the year, and to make predictions about their longer-term performance.

Recent months have seen a number of notable developments in the region's telecoms markets. These include the July news that Angola's second largest mobile operator, Movicel, was planning to switch from CDMA technology to GSM by the end of 2010. Movicel's transition to GSM is a strategic move that aims to make the operator more competitive in the mobile sector. GSM is already used by the Angolan mobile market leader Unitel. In addition to becoming a GSM operator, it appears that Movicel is destined to be privatised. The Angolan government confirmed its decision to go ahead with the partial privatisation of Movicel in early August.

The privatisation of state-owned operators is also a major theme in Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. In June 2010, the government of Botswana reaffirmed its goal of privatising incumbent operator BTC. In August 2010, Radio Mozambique reported that the government was considering plans to partially privatise the state-owned cellco mCel. mCel, Mozambique's largest cellco by subscribers, was reported to have almost 4mn mobile customers at the end of June 2010 (62% market share). Meanwhile in Zambia, it was announced in June that Libyan investor LAP Green Networks had bought a 75% stake in Zambian fixed-line incumbent Zamtel. The privatisation of Zamtel is expected to lead to a new round of investment for the operator and for the sector as a whole. The onset of increased competition in Zambia has already been met with a response from India's Bharti Airtel, the new owner of Zambia's largest mobile operator Zain Zambia. Bharti has expressed plans to invest around US$150mn in Zambia, with the bulk of the funds being put towards enhancing both 2G and 3G coverage across the country.

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, the mobile market continues to benefit from explosive subscriber growth. There too, as in Zambia, the leading operators have been announcing major investment plans. For example, in June, Sweden's Ericsson announced that it had begun a new phase of a network expansion project for market leader Econet Wireless to allow the cellco to increase its capacity to approximately five million users by August 2010, as well as ensuring that central Harare had full 3G coverage by the end of June. According to the latest figures to be published by Econet, the operator had 4mn mobile customers at the end of March 2010. BMI expects Zimbabwe's mobile market to exhibit some of the strongest mobile subscriber growth rates in the region over the next five years.

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Partial Table of Contents:

Executive Summary
SWOT Analysis
- Southern Africa Telecommunications SWOT
- Angola Business Environment SWOT
- Botswana Business Environment SWOT
- Mozambique Business Environment SWOT
- Namibia Business Environment SWOT
- Zambia Business Environment SWOT
- Zimbabwe Business Environment SWOT
Business Environment
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Table: Regional Telecoms Business Environment Ratings
- Southern Africa
- Macroeconomic Data
- Table: Southern Africa Macroeconomic Overview
Industry Forecast Scenario
- Mobile
- Table: East & Southern Africa Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecasts
- Internet
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecasts
Market Data Analysis
- Mobile
- Angola
- Table: Angola Mobile Market, Q210
- Botswana
- Table: Botswana Mobile Market, Q210
- Mauritius
- Table: Mauritius Mobile Market, Q210
- Mozambique
- Table: Mozambique Mobile Market, Q210
- Namibia
- Table: Namibia Mobile Market, Q210
- Zambia
- Table: Zambia Mobile Market, Q210
- Zimbabwe
- Table: Zimbabwe Mobile Market, Q210
- Fixed Line And Internet
- Angola
- Botswana
- Mauritius
- Mozambique
- Namibia
- Zambia
- Zimbabwe
Regulatory Environment And Industry Developments
- Table: Southern Africa Telecoms Regulators
- Industry Developments
- Angola
- Botswana
- Mauritius
- Mozambique
- Namibia
- Zambia
- Zimbabwe
Competitive Landscape
- Key Players
- Table: Key Players: Southern Africa Telecoms Sector
Company Monitor
- Table: Huawei Financial Highlights
- Table: Huawei - Recent Contract Wins and Other Developments in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Table: Huawei - Recent Contract Wins And Other Developments In North Africa And The Middle East
Company Profiles
- Unitel Angola
- Mascom Botswana
- Mauritius Telecom/Orange
- mcel Mozambique
- MTC Namibia
- Zain Zambia
- Econet Zimbabwe
Regional Telecommunications Penetration Overview
- Fixed Line
- Table: Regional Fixed-Line Penetration Overview
- Mobile

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