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Uganda Telecommunications Report Q1 2013

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Meta Description Uganda Telecommunications Report Q1 2013
Publisher Business Monitor International
Date of Report Sep 1, 2013
Quick Overview
BMI View: We retain our positive growth outlook for the Ugandan telecoms market in view of the relatively
low penetration rates of voice and data services. However, ARPU erosion due to low income levels,
especially outside the major cities, is a major disincentive for network upgrade and expansion projects
needed to drive growth.
Key Data
? The mobile market grew by 3.8% in Q312, faster than average quarterly growth of 2.2% in H112.
? Mobile ARPU remained below US$4 in Q312 despite an uptick in mobile data subscriptions.
? The fixed-line market grew by 42.2% in 2011.
Risk/Reward Ratings
Uganda dropped four places to 19th position in BMI's Q113 RRR table due to a sharp downgrade of its
Industry Rewards score. The country's rating in that category is held back by weak ARPUs, poor subscriber
mix in the mobile sector and, consequently, weak financial performance by service providers. Uganda
scores below the regional average in the industry rewards and country rewards categories but the average
score in the industry risks and country risks categories.
Key Trends & Developments
Uganda's mobile operators are turning to advanced data services to offset revenue shortfall from traditional
voice and SMS services. In November 2012, MTN revealed that it is boosting maximum data speeds for its
HSPA+ network to 21.9Mbps. The operator deployed 78 new base stations for the project and plans to build
an additional 300 sites to meet the rising demand for mobile data services. MTN's announcement followed
the launch of a HSPA+ network by second-ranked Airtel in August 2012. The service is capable of
providing transmission speeds of up to 21Mbps and is initially available in 30 cities and towns. Airtel
launched its HSPA+ network on 325 base stations, although it plans to increase the number to more than
400. Uganda has experienced a brutal price war during the last two years, which led to a steady decline of
ARPUs from around US$6 at the start of 2010 to less than US$4 in Q312.
Table of Contents
BMI Industry View ............................................................................................................... 7
BMI Industry View .................................................................................................................................... 7
SWOT ................................................................................................................................... 8
Mobile SWOT .......................................................................................................................................... 8
Fixed-Line ............................................................................................................................................. 10
Economic .............................................................................................................................................. 12
Political ................................................................................................................................................ 14
Business Environment .............................................................................................................................. 15
Risk Reward Ratings ......................................................................................................... 16
Industry Risk Reward Ratings .................................................................................................................... 16
Industry Rewards .................................................................................................................................. 16
Country Risks ....................................................................................................................................... 18
Country Rewards And Industry Risks ......................................................................................................... 18
Table: Sub-Saharan Africa Telecoms Risk/Rewards Rating, Q113 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Uganda ................................................................................................................................................ 20
Industry Forecast .............................................................................................................. 22
Mobile .................................................................................................................................................. 22
Table: Telecoms Sector - Mobile - Historical Data & Forecasts, 2010-2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
ARPU ................................................................................................................................................... 25
Table: Telecoms Sector - ARPU - Historical Data & Forecast (UGX), 2010-2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Fixed Line ............................................................................................................................................. 27
Table: Telecoms Sector - Fixed Line - Historical Data & Forecast, 2010-2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Internet ................................................................................................................................................. 29
Table: Telecoms Sector - Internet - Historical Data & Forecast, 2010-2017 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Market Data Analysis ........................................................................................................ 31
Mobile .................................................................................................................................................. 31
Regional Perspective .............................................................................................................................. 31
Table: Uganda Mobile Market Regional Comparisons, 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Key Developments ................................................................................................................................. 32
Mobile Growth ..................................................................................................................................... 32
Market Shares ...................................................................................................................................... 33
Usage ................................................................................................................................................. 34
Mobile Content ..................................................................................................................................... 35
Table: Recent VAS Developments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Mobile Market Overview ......................................................................................................................... 40
Table: Uganda Mobile Market Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Table: Airtel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Table: MTN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Table: UTL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Table: Warid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Telecoms - Mobile VAS In Africa ................................................................................................................ 42
Indigenous VAS Take Centre Stage ............................................................................................................ 43
Global Content Providers Adapt To Gain Relevance ..................................................................................... 44
Telecoms Crossovers Still In Play ............................................................................................................. 45
Outlook Is Positive But Not Without Risk .................................................................................................... 46
Fixed Line ............................................................................................................................................. 47
Broadband ............................................................................................................................................ 49
Market Growth ..................................................................................................................................... 51
WiMAX ............................................................................................................................................... 52
Mobile Broadband ................................................................................................................................ 53
Satellite ............................................................................................................................................... 53
Optical Fibre Backbones ......................................................................................................................... 54
Table: Fibre-Optic Cable Coverage, May 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Table: Selected Wireline Developments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Industry Trends And Developments ................................................................................ 59
Industry Trends And Developments ............................................................................................................. 59
Table: Wireless Developments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Regulatory Development .................................................................................................. 64
Regulatory Development ........................................................................................................................... 64
Table: Uganda Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Competitive Landscape .................................................................................................... 68
Competitive Landscape ............................................................................................................................. 68
Table: Key Players: Uganda Telecoms Sector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Company Profile ................................................................................................................ 69
Uganda Telecom (UTL) ............................................................................................................................ 69
MTN Uganda ......................................................................................................................................... 72
Regional Overview ............................................................................................................ 75
Regional Vendor Profile - RIM Bets On Africa .............................................................................................. 75
Recent Financial Performance .................................................................................................................. 75
Investor Confidence Takes A Hit ............................................................................................................... 75
Africa Beckons ..................................................................................................................................... 76
Opportunities And Risks .......................................................................................................................... 76
Demographic Forecast ..................................................................................................... 78
Demographic Forecast ............................................................................................................................. 78
Table: Uganda's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Table: Export this table as seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Table: Uganda's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Table: Export this table as seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Table: Uganda's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Table: Export this table as seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
Table: Uganda's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Table: Export this table as seen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
Glossary ............................................................................................................................. 83
Glossary ............................................................................................................................................... 83
Table: Glossary Of Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Methodology ...................................................................................................................... 85
Methodology .......................................................................................................................................... 85
Table: Key Indicators For Telecommunications Industry Forecasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Telecoms Business Environment Ratings ..................................................................................................... 86
Table: Ratings Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Table: Weighting Of Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88




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