Research and Markets: Democratic Republic of Congo - Telecoms, Mobile & Broadband



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

for privatisation.

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.

Key Highlights:

  • 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

Companies Mentioned:

  • Vodacom Congo
  • Zain DRC (formerly Celtel)
  • Tigo (Millicom)
  • CCT

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