2013-10-11 13:43:31 - New Fixed Networks research report from Business Monitor International is now available from Fast Market Research
Ghana's telecoms operators have been penalised by the telecoms regulator in the last one year owing to poor quality of service. We expect this to drive investments in network infrastructure development to cope with the growing demand for voice and data services. However, we caution that the likelihood of tax increases on the sector would be a major disincentive for operators that are already hard-pressed by slowing revenue growth and rising operating expenses.
* The Ghanaian mobile market grew by 3.9% q-o-q in Q213, compared to 3.3% in the previous quarter.
* Mobile ARPU contracted by 1.7% in Q213, reflecting continued fierce competition in the mobile market.
* The fixed-line market grew by 1% in Q113, maintaining the overall
trend from 2012 of slow positive subscriptions growth in the fixed-line sector.
Risk/ Reward Ratings
Ghana drops one place to sixth position on BMI's Risk/Reward ratings table this quarter, behind South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and Botswana. Ghana scores above the regional average in all four of our ratings categories. The country's lowest rating is in the Industry Rewards category where it is held back by increasing market saturation and strong downward pressure on ARPUs despite the rapid uptake of mobile data services. In July 2013, the government was forced to backtrack on plans to increases taxes some telecoms services. BMI notes the implementation of a similar policy in future could result in a downgrade to the country's Industry Risk score.
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Key Trends And Developments
Ghana's new internet service provider Surfline Communications, owned by Ghanaian Skybridge Investments, announced plans in August 2013 to develop Ghana's first commercial 4G LTE network. Surfline has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to build the network, which is scheduled to launch in Q114. Surfline intends to launch in the capital Accra, followed by other major cities and a nationwide roll-out. This development is in line with BMI's view that the increased availability of international bandwidth over submarine cable connections will improve the quality and lower the cost of broadband services in Ghana. We also believe Surfline's 4G network will provide much needed competition in Ghana's broadband sector.
In August 2013, Ghana's telecoms regulator, NCA, imposed further fines on five out of six of the country's mobile operators for failing to meet their quality of service (QoS) requirements. Glo received the highest fine of GNS200,000 (US$93,025) for a breach of its CST and Congestion Rate obligations in the Central and Western regions. MTN Ghana, Airtel, Tigo and Expresso were also hit with sanctions after breaking industry standards. Vodafone was the only mobile operator in Ghana to escape the fines, after it was determined to be in accordance with all QoS parameters at the end of June 2013. The fines in August followed a total fine of GHS960,000 for operators in July for or failing to meet acceptable QoS standards.
Partial Table of Contents:
BMI Industry View
- BMI Industry View
- Business Environment
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecast
- Table: Telecoms Sector - ARPU - Historical Data & Forecast
- Fixed Line
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecast
- Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecast
Industry Business Environment Overview
- Industry Risk/Reward Ratings
- Table: Sub-Saharan Africa Risk/Reward Ratings, Q413
- Regional Perspective
- Table: Ghana Mobile Market Regional Comparison, 2012
- Key Developments
- Market Growth
- Table: Ghana Mobile Market ('000)
- Market Share
- Table: Comparison Of 3G Pricing, May 2013
- Mobile Operator Data
- Table: Market Overview
- Table: MTN
- Table: Vodafone
- Table: Tigo
- Table: Airtel
- Table: Glo
- Table: Expresso
- Africa Mobile Content
- Non-Voice Revenue Contribution Still In Double Digits
- Diversity Of Services
- Mobile Crossovers Keep Growing
- Entertainment VAS Appeal To Local Appetites
- Vodacom Drives M2M Growth In Africa
- Fixed Line
- Table: Ghana Fixed-Line Market
- Table: Wireline Developments Table
Industry Trends And Developments
- Industry Trends And Developments
- Table: Mobile Market Trends And Developments
- Table: Value-Added Services Developments
- Regulatory Overview
- Table: Ghana's Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
- Regulatory Developments
- Competitive Landscape
- Table: Key Players - Ghana Telecoms Sector
- Table: Operators Financial Indicators
- Vodafone Ghana
- MTN Ghana
- Company News Alert
- Demographic Forecast
- Table: Ghana's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
- Table: Ghana's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
- Table: Ghana's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
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