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Botswanas BTC sees strong interest in its IPOIn the telecom sector, effective regulatory reform has turned the countrys telecom market into one of the most liberalised in the region. There is a service-neutral licensing regime which takes into account the increasing convergence of technologies and services.
Botswana has one of the highest mobile market penetration rates in Africa, approaching 170percent. Popular use of multiple SIM cards from different operators has delayed the introduction of mobile number portability, with the telecom regulator not convinced of the facilitys economic benefits at present. In a bid to generate new revenue streams and secure market share, the three mobile network operators (MNOs) - Mascom Wireless (an affiliate of South Africas MTN), Orange Botswana (backed by Orange Group) and beMOBILE (a subsidiary of the fixed-line incumbent BTC) - have entered the underdeveloped broadband sector with different strategies including 3G mobile, LTE, WiMAX, and bundling with fixed-line (DSL) services. In this market they compete with a large number of ISPs, some of which have rolled out their own wireless access infrastructure.
After a period of stagnation, the number of internet users has risen strongly in recent years, largely the result of lower prices following improvements in international connectivity. Historically, the landlocked country has depended on satellites for its international bandwidth, and on other countries for transit capacity to landing points of international submarine fibre optic cable systems. The landing of additional cables in the region in 2011 and 2012 has improved the competitive situation in this sector, while prices for connectivity have fallen by up to 70percent.
The much delayed privatisation of BTC has been facilitated by the transfer of network assets and the management of BTCs involvement in two key submarine cables to the newly create wholesale operator Botswana Fiber Networks (BoFiNet). BTC has been transformed into a retailer of services. An IPO was expected to be completed by April 2016. There has been considerable interest in the 44percent of the company made available, with 5percent reserved for employees and 515 being retained by the state.
BTC prepares prospectus for an IPO; BoFiNet completes three fibre network expansion links costing BWP200 million; regulator introduces Unified Licensing Framework; BTL launches mobile VSAT product; BTCs IPO aimed for April 2016; MNOs in southern African countries trial reduced roaming rates; Orange Botswana and Mascom launch LTE services; Orange signs multi-year managed services contract with Ericsson; Universal Access and Service Fund providing Wi-Fi access in public spaces; report update includes telcos data to Q4 2015, regulators 2015 market data and annual report, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Botswanas telecoms sector - 2015 (e)
Penetration of telecoms services:Penetration
Mobile SIM (population)168percent
Companies mentioned in this report:
Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC); Mascom Wireless (MTN); Orange Botswana (Vista Cellular); beMOBILE; Botsnet; MTN Business; InfoBotswana (IBIS); Broadband Botswana Internet (BBI); OPQ Net; Mega Internet; Global Broadband Solution (GBS); Tsagae Communications; Virtual Business Network Services (VBN); Bytes Technology; Fourth Dimension; Hi-Performance Systems; Microteck Enterprises; Tharinet; Netspread; First National Bank.
Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA)
5.3 Universal Service and Access Strategy
5.4 Unified Licensing Framework
5.5 Infrastructure sharing
5.6 Interconnection and tariffs
5.7 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.7.1 Regulatory reform 2006
5.7.2 Service-neutral licences since 2007
6. Fixed network operator
6.1 Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)
6.1.1 Financial results
6.1.4 Fixed-line statistics
6.1.5 Fixed-line infrastructure
6.1.6 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
6.1.7 Public payphones
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Next Generation Network (NGN)
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine fibre
8. Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
8.2 Market analysis
8.3 Public internet access facilities
8.4 Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX)
8.5 White space spectrum
8.6 Broadband statistics
8.7 Fixed-line broadband technologies
8.7.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.7.2 Other fixed broadband services
9. Digital economy
9.1 E-health, E-learning
10. Digital media
10.1 Communications: VoIP
10.2 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
11. Mobile market
11.1 Recent developments
11.2 Market analysis
11.3 Mobile statistics
11.4 Mobile data
11.5 Mobile broadband
11.6 Regulatory issues
11.6.1 Backbone infrastructure
11.6.2 Airtime tax
11.6.3 SIM card registration
11.6.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
11.6.5 Mobile Termination rates (MTRs)
11.7 Mobile infrastructure
11.7.1 Digital networks
11.7.2 Other infrastructure developments
11.8 Major mobile operators
11.8.1 Mascom Wireless
11.8.2 Orange Botswana (formerly Vista Cellular)
11.8.3 BeMobile (BTC)
11.9 Mobile content and applications
12. Related reports
Table 1 - Country statistics Botswana - 2015 (e)
Table 2 - Fixed-line network statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 3 - Internet provider statistics - 2016
Table 4 - Internet and social media user statistics - 2015
Table 5 - Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
Table 6 - National telecommunications authority
Table 7 - Telecom aggregate financial data - 2012 - 2013
Table 8 - BOCRA surplus financial results - 2009 - 2015
Table 9 - BOCRA income - 2012 - 2015
Table 10 - Telecom licenses by category - 2011 - 2015
Table 11 - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2015
Table 12 - BTC forecast financial results - 2016 - 2018
Table 13 - Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 14 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2010 - 2016
Table 15 - International bandwidth - 2003 - 2014
Table 16 - Wholesale bandwidth pricing in Botswana by capacity- 2011 - 2014
Table 17 - Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000-2009
Table 18 - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2010 - 2016
Table 19 - Broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2015
Table 20 - DSL broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2016
Table 21 - Fixed wireless broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
Table 22 -MNO financial data - 2012 - 2013
Table 23 - Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1999 - 2009
Table 24 - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
Table 25 - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2010 - 2016
Table 26 - Prepaid and contract market share of subscribers - 2013 - 2015
Table 27 - Mobile internet subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 28 - MTRs - 2011 - 2014
Table 29 - Mascom Botswana ARPU - 2005 - 2015
Table 30 - Mascom Botswana subscribers - 2011 - 2015
Table 31 - Orange Botswana subscribers - 2007 - 2015
Table 32 - Orange Botswana mobile revenue - 2008 - 2014
Table 33 - Be Mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
Table 34 - Mobile money users - 2011 - 2015
Table 35 - Value of mobile money transactions - 2011 - 2014
Table 36 - Mobile money transactions - 2013 - 2014
Chart 1 - BTC financial results - 2005 - 2015
Chart 2 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Botswana - 2000 - 2016
Chart 3 - Internet users and penetration rate in Botswana - 2000 - 2016
Chart 4 - Mobile subscribers in Botswana - 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 - Map of Botswana
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