DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and
research/adac6f/democratic_republi) has announced
the addition of the "Democratic Republic
of Congo - Telecoms, Mobile
& Broadband" report to their offering.
The Democratic Republic of Congo - Telecoms,
Mobile & Broadband report includes
all research data and analysis on this country.
Covering trends and developments
in telecommunications, mobile, internet,
broadband, infrastructure and regulation.
Following a 30-year dictatorship between
1967 and 1997, the DRC (formerly Zaire)
has been through two wars and is still
seeing violent conflicts in the eastern part
of the country.
The economy of this third largest country
in Africa relies heavily on mining.
However, much economic activity occurs
in the informal sector and is not reflected
in GDP data.
An uncertain legal framework, corruption,
and a lack of transparency in government policy
are continuing long-term problems.
The country has been hit hard
by the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2009.
As a result of the political instability since
the mid-1990s, the national telecom system
is one of the least developed in the region.
Rural areas, where almost 70% of
the population resides, are virtually devoid
of telephone or Internet service.
The national operator, OCPT theoretically
has a monopoly on the sector under 1970 legislation,
but it has been unable to provide
a modern telecom network and
unsuccessful in finding major investors
Recognising the need for telecommunications
infrastructure, the government is only
loosely regulating the sector.
Mobile networks have taken over
as the providers of basic telecom services.
By 2001, some 16 private operators had been
granted mobile telephony licences
and the subscriber base was growing at
triple digit rates per year.
However, the proliferation of networks h
as also caused interference and
compatibility problems, and there is
limited available spectrum due
to poor spectrum management.
As a result, the mobile sector has
consolidated and now has
four major players: Vodacom Congo, Zain DRC,
Millicom (Tigo) and Congo Chine Telecom (CCT)
in which OCPT holds 49%.
The vast majority of subscribers
are on prepaid plans.
Development of the Internet market has been
held back by the poorly developed national
and international infrastructure.
The mobile operators are beginning to play
a significant role in this sector as well,
following the launch of mobile data services.
However, no 3G mobile systems have yet
been launched apart from a CDMA-EV-DO system
in Kinshasa, which means that services offering
true broadband speed are currently
only available through relatively small
wireless networks using
other technologies, mainly WiMAX.
With support from China, OCPT is now finally
rolling out a fibre optic national backbone
that will ultimately also provide access
to fibre optic submarine cables
for low-cost, high-quality international bandwidth.
- Country hit hard by global economic crisis;
- Comparison with other countries in the region
- in terms of GDP, mobile, fixed
- and Internet market penetration;
- 2008/09 financial results of mobile market leaders;
- Profiles of major players in all market sectors;
- WiMAX is the predominant broadband
- access technology;
- OCPT begins national fibre backbone
- rollout and rehabilitation of fixed-line network.
Key Topics Covered:
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
4. Regulatory environment
5. Fixed-line operators in the DRC
6. Broadband and Internet market
7. Mobile communications
8. Related reports
- Vodacom Congo
- Zain DRC (formerly Celtel)
- Tigo (Millicom)
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