Ethiopia Telecoms, Mobile, and Broadband Statistics and Analyses 2017 – Research and Markets

by Zelalem

DUBLIN–()–The “Ethiopia
– Telecoms, Mobile, and Broadband – Statistics and Analyses”

report has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

Ethiopia is one of the last countries in Africa to allow its national
telco a monopoly on all telecom services including fixed, mobile,
internet and data communications. For many years Ethio Telecom’s
monopolistic control stifled innovation, restricted network expansion
and limited the scope of services on offer. However, a management
contract with Orange Group has dramatically improved the company’s
performance, though there remain weaknesses in quality of service.
Although the contract was considered a first step towards sector
privatization and the introduction of competition, the government has
rejected calls to progress along these lines, citing the need for higher
profits from the company to subsidize unrelated projects.

Although there is considerable investment in telecoms services – some
$3.1 billion has been invested in telecom infrastructure and service
expansion projects over the last decade – the sector is heavily
regulated and the government has complete control over networks, with
virtually unlimited access to the call records of all phone users and to
logs of internet traffic. Most of the technologies deployed have been
provided by ZTE and Huawei, which have often been favored for offering
vendor financing.

Despite major vendor contracts aimed at improving the reach and
capabilities of mobile networks, the country’s mobile penetration
remains among the lowest in the world. Nevertheless, growth is strong
and considerable growth potential remains. Policies have been guided by
the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan.

The country’s broadband market is also set to develop further following
substantial increases in international bandwidth, improvements in
national fibre backbone infrastructure and the growing availability of
mobile broadband services via 3G and LTE networks. After years of low
uptake due to prohibitive pricing, retail prices are now comparable to
other more developed markets in the region.

Key Developments:

  • Ethio Telecom partners with Gulf2Africa cable construction;
  • government launches mobile apps as part of the e-Government
  • major changes anticipated in the second Growth and Development Plan to
  • VAS licenses issued;
  • Ethio Telecom expands LTE reach, considers charging for OTT services;
  • Ethio Telecom reports 33% increase in profit for H1 FY2016;
  • cloned mobile phones to be disconnected from Ethio Telecom’s network
    by September 2018;
  • international internet bandwidth increased 56% in 2016 to reach 35Gb/s;
  • significant improvements in broadband affordability;
  • Huawei and ZTE share a $1.6 billion contract to develop mobile
  • MetEC begins delivery of smart meters to Ethiopian Electric Utility.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

5. Regulatory environment

6. Fixed network operator

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

8. Smart infrastructure

9. Fixed-line broadband market

10. Digital economy

11. Mobile market

Companies Mentioned

  • Ethio Mobile
  • Ethio Telecom (formerly Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, ETC)
  • EthioNet
  • Orange Group
  • Smadl
  • Tana Communication
  • Tecno Telecom
  • Thuraya

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