Exceptional growth in Mali

MALI

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Exceptional growth in Mali

Research & Markets reports that Mali is seeing exceptional mobile growth ahead of an expected third mobile operator.

In a new report, the analysts say Mali has market penetration rates below African averages in all market sectors except mobile where it is now racing towards the 100% mark.

France Telecom was extremely successful when it entered the market as the second mobile and fixed-line operator in 2003 and quickly amassed more than 80% market share under the Orange brand, offering converged fixed, mobile and broadband Internet services.

The national telco, Sotelma with its mobile subsidiary Malitel was privatised in 2009 when a 51% stake was sold to Maroc Telecom, itself majority owned by Vivendi of France. The fresh capital and management has enabled the incumbent to compete much more aggressively and regain market share.

In addition, the government is planning to license a third mobile operator, says the report. Third generation mobile services have been introduced, but mobile broadband services are still under development.

The introduction of ADSL, WiMAX and mobile data services has started to accelerate growth in the Internet and broadband market, but Mali’s landlocked location makes it dependent on neighbouring countries for international fibre bandwidth, which has kept prices high. Improvements in this sector can be expected from the recent arrival of new competitive international submarine fibre systems in the region.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MALI NEWS

APR Energy signs cross-border contract with Mali

APR Energy has signed a new 40MW cross-border contract with the government of Mali to address expected power shortages in the country.  Read More

Francophone Africa’s bus companies ignore ICTs, innovation

The language of ICTs is relatively unknown to Mali's bus companies, reports Issa Sikiti da Silva. Read More

Mali gives away .ML domain names

Mali has become the first African nation to announce it will give its domains for free. Read More

Orange, MFS Africa extend benefits to Mali

Orange Money users in Mali can now use the services of Orange Money Transfer International. Read More

Third operator set to enter Mali

After a process lasting over a year, Mali’s Council of Ministers has approved the conditions for a new mobile  operator, Alpha Telecom Mali, to enter the market. Read More

Diarra named interim Mali PM

Renowned astrophysicist and former Microsoft Africa Chairman Cheick Modibo Diarra has been named interim Prime Minister for Mali. Read More

SOTELMA to list by June

Mali’s fixed line operator, SOTELMA, is expected to list on the West African regional stock exchange by June. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020

The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.  

COMPANY NEWS

VMware Study: Businesses can Take Three Weeks to get Employees Mobile-Ready

EMEA businesses say concerns over trust, ownership and delivery capability may hold back taking advantage of the mobile cloud-era.