Report Published: "Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics"

Recently published research from BuddeComm, "Botswana - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics", is now available at Fast Market Research

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This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Botswana's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

* Key statistics;
* Market and industry overviews;
* The impact of the global economic crisis;
* Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
* Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
* Telecoms operators - privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
* Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
* Infrastructure development;
* Internet and broadband development and growth;
* Mobile data services, including 3G and LTE;
* Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);

Average Revenue Per User.Botswana's strong economy is buttressed by diamond mining and tourism. The economy recovered quickly from a brief recession during the global financial crisis (GFC), which erupted in 2008. This caused havoc with the country's tourism industry, and also reduced demand for export commodities. However, the economy recovered quickly, and after the severe slump in 2009 GDP growth reached 8.6% in 2010. Growth has been more moderate since then, falling to 5.9% in 2013 and an anticipated 4.4% for 2014.

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In the telecom sector, effective regulatory reform has turned the country's 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 160%. 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 facility's 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 Africa's MTN), Orange Botswana (backed by France Telecom/Orange) 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 (ADSL) services. In this market they compete with a large number of ISPs, some of which have rolled out their own wireless access infrastructure.

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