Mauritius, Ghana and Tunisia Lead Africa’s Telecoms Sector in Terms of Growth and Penetration, Says BuddeComm

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Mauritius, Ghana and Tunisia are the leading countries in Africa in terms of telecommunication services, a new report has revealed.

Paul Budde Communication (BuddeComm) an independent multinational research and consultancy company, recently launched an exclusive Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) that analyses the broadband, mobile and fixed Line markets of a country.

The Index also analyses a range of economic parameters within a given country to rank it on a scale of 1 to 100 and compare it to its region. The Africa TMI, which was released this June, reveals the market leaders, the challengers and the developing nations in terms of telecommunication potential.

BuddeComm’s TMI found that Mauritius is the top-ranking country in Africa with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 43, followed by Ghana, which scored 34 and Tunisia, which scored 31.

“Mauritius stands out among the rest. This is largely explained by the thriving tourism market which has stimulated the broadband sector,” BuddeComm, which focuses on the telecommunications market and its role within the digital economy, said in a statement issued on June 18th, 2018.

There is an extensive DSL infrastructure and operators have deployed fibre-based services in a number of localities. Mauritius Telecom invested Rs5.1 billion to roll out fibre across the island, with the project completed the end of 2017 (ahead of the original 2020 timescale).

Based on the data, the top three market challengers are Mauritania with a score of 13, Uganda, with a score of 13 and Kenya, with a score of 12.

The Index also found that the top three developing markets are Angola, which scored a 7 on the Index, Chad (7) and Cameroon (6).

BuddeComm researchers indicated that mobile telephony remains by far the dominant telecom service across Africa, accounting for more than 90% of all telephone lines on the continent.

Given the very poor condition of fixed-line infrastructure in most markets, mobile internet access as a consequence also accounts for between 95% and 99% of all internet connections.

The size and range of the diverse markets within Africa have contributed to varied market penetration rates between countries. By early 2018 the highest mobile penetration was found in countries including Gabon, which had a penetration rate of 163%, Botswana (159%), South Africa (147%) and Mauritius (146%).

To some degree, high penetration reflects the popularity of consumers having multiple SIM cards despite efforts among most regulators to enforce measures by which operators must register SIM card users

“The African Market report showcases the TMI for all African countries providing a unique perspective on the region,” BuddeComm said in a statement.

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