Uganda Telecommunications Report Q1 2016 - New Study Released

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri Dec 18 2015

The Ugandan mobile market continues to attract new subscriptions , with over nine operators competing. This includes some of the largest telecoms groups, such as MTN, Airtel, Africell and Vodafone. The potential for growth is very high, as the penetration rate is below 60%, but macroeconomic trends have put a brake to stronger growth. They include low urbanisation, with operators not able to fully cover rural areas because of costs, and a high dependency ratio, limiting disposable income. These trends, allied with competition in the market, have led to low ARPU, limiting return on investment. The competition for advanced services will only take shape in the longer-term, with mobile money currently the main differentiator alongside basic quality of service for voice. Consolidation may help some telecoms trends, but will not hugely impact the overall macroeconomic conditions.

Uganda's mobile market plays host to nine mobile operators and had a penetration rate of 55% at end-2014, leaving plenty of room for subscriptions growth. The country has attracted so much interest on the back of a bright economic growth outlook for 2015-2019 and its membership in the East African Community, where ever more political and economic integration is creating new business opportunities. However, an overcrowded mobile market has resulted in unabated downward pressure on ARPUs, which fell to less than USD3 in 2015. These circumstances will prevent smaller players from reaching profitability and we expect a wave of consolidation as they exit the market over the next two to three years. This will allow ARPUs and revenues to stabilise, in turn encouraging greater investment in network expansion and service innovation from the remaining players.

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Key Data

The mobile market grew to 21.457mn in Q115m for a penetration rate of 54.9%
Mobile internet users represent 98% of all internet subscribers, which reached 6.023mn in Q115

The Uganda Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Uganda's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Uganda Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Uganda.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Uganda

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