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Benin now connected to the ACE submarine cable systemAlthough the telecom market in Benin continues to face considerable hurdles given the countrys poor fixed-line infrastructure, recent developments suggest that the sector will be transformed in coming years. Much of this transformation is due to improved international internet connectivity and the rapidly escalating bandwidth available. This is encouraging the deployment of widely available and cheaper services than hitherto. Encouraged by these developments, operators have continued to invest in mobile services which in turn are supporting a range of mobile data applications including m-commerce. Improved telecoms infrastructure has the potential to transform many areas of the countrys economy, bringing a greater proportion of the population into the orbit of internet commerce and connectivity.
The third submarine cable system, which came online in 2012, has substantially reduced the cost of international bandwidth. The fixed-line monopoly operator be.Telecoms (rebranded from Benin Telecoms in October 2015) has also expanded its fixed-wireless and DSL-based broadband services in recent years, extending its national fibre backbone and international fibre connections. Long-established plans to privatise the company have thus far come to nought, though the government is developing its strategy to sell of the companys assets, including the mobile services unit Libercom which will be spun off as a new entity with separate assets.
The mobile telephony sector enjoys effective competition between Libercom, South Africas MTN, Etisalats Moov, Globacoms Glo Mobile, and Bell Benin. Competition among these players pushed market penetration above 100percent by mid-2014.
Although fixed-line internet services have been available in Benin since 1995, access is limited a small proportion of the population. Fixed-line internet represents less that 10percent of all accesses, with most connections being made via the mobile networks.
The countrys first licence for 3G and 4G mobile broadband services was awarded in early 2012. In May 2013 the government launched a tender for Universal Service Licenses. In the following month licenses were awarded to MTN and Etisalats Moov. The licences are technology neutral, enabling the operators to offer services based on 3G, LTE and mobile WiMAX technologies.
The vast majority of mobile subscribers are prepaid, with contract subscribers representing only about 0.4percent of the total subscriber base.
Estimated market penetration by service - end-2014
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
Benins connection to the ACE submarine network inaugurated;
Benin Telecom rebrands as be.Telecoms;
Regulator commissions report on the introduction of MNP;
MTN Benin signs five-year Managed Rural Coverage deal with Ericsson;
Orange commissions new connection from the ACE submarine cable, connecting Benin with Tenerife;
Etisalat Group completes sale of Atlantique Telecom (Moov) operations to Maroc Telecom;
be.Telecoms preps for LTE service launch;
Orange enters talks to acquire Libercom;
Etisalat Moov launches 3G services, introduces its Flous m-commerce service;
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donate funds to a mobile vaccine registry program;
Regulator renamed as the AutoritE de Regulation des Communications et de la Poste (ARCEP);
Report update includes telcos operating data to Q2 2015, regulators market data to June 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
MTN, Moov (Telecel), Libercom, BBCom (Bell Benin), Glo Mobile (Globacom), be.Telecoms (Benin Telecoms, formerly OPT), Kanakoo (BeninNet), Isocel, EIT, FirstNet, Arts Bobo, Sobiex Informatique, Global Trading Agency, Afripa Telecom, Thuraya, Nitel, Suburban Telecom, CEB.
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market analysis and outlook
4. Regulatory environment
4.2 West African common regulatory framework 2005
4.3 The big clean-up 2007
5. Fixed-line operators in Benin
5.1 be.Telecoms (Benin Telecoms)
5.2 Network infrastructure
5.2.1 CDMA2000 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
5.2.2 National fibre backbone
5.3 Fixed-line statistics
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Submarine fibre
6.1.2 Main One and Glo-1
6.2 Terrestrial fibre
7. Broadband market
7.2 Internet statistics
7.3 Public Internet Access Locations
7.3.1 Telecentre projects
7.4 ISP market
7.4.1 Kanakoo (formerly BeninNet)
7.4.2 Isocel Telecom
7.4.3 Other ISPs
7.4.4 Benin Internet Service Providers Association (AFAIB)
7.5 Benin Internet Society
7.9 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
8. Mobile Market
8.1 Overview of Benins mobile market
8.2 Mobile statistics
8.2.1 General Statistics
8.2.2 Mobile broadband statistics
8.2.3 Mobile market shares
8.3 Regulatory issues
8.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
8.4 Major mobile operators
8.4.1 MTN (Spacetel-Benin, Areeba)
8.4.2 Moov (Etisalat Moov)
8.4.3 Libercom (Benin Telecoms)
8.4.4 BBCom (Bell Benin)
8.4.5 Glo Mobile Benin (Globacom)
8.5 Government confrontation with MTN and Moov
8.6 Mobile infrastructure
8.6.1 Spectrum auction - 2013
8.6.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.6.6 Satellite mobile
8.7 Mobile services and content
9. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Benin - 2014 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2014 (Jun)
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2014
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2014 (Mar)
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2014 (Jun)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telecom market investment by sector - 2012 - 2014
Table 8 - Fixed-line and mobile revenue - 2006 - 2014
Table 9 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1999 - 2009
Table 10 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2016
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service by type - 2006 - 2014
Table 12 - Benins international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2013
Table 13 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 14 - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2015
Table 15 - Internet subscribers by technology - 2009 - 2015
Table 16 - DSL subscribers - 2004 - 2014
Table 17 - Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2014
Table 18 - WiMAX broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2014
Table 19 - Prepaid and contract subscribers - 2013 - 2014
Table 20 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2004
Table 21 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Table 22 - Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
Table 23 -Mobile market investments - 2006- 2013
Table 24 - Mobile internet subscribers - 2009 - 2015
Table 25 - Mobile internet subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2014
Table 26 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2015
Table 27 - MTN Benin subscribers and ARPU - 2003 - 2014
Table 28 - MTN Benin revenue - 2011 - 2014
Table 29 - Moov subscribers - 2011 - 2015
Table 30 - Libercom subscribers - 2011 - 2015
Table 31 - BBCom subscribers - 2011 - 2015
Table 32 - Glo Mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2014
Chart 1 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2016
Chart 2 - Internet subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
Chart 3 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - West African common regulatory framework 2005
Exhibit 2 - Map of Benin
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