Africa- Wireline and Fixed Broadband Market Statistics and Forecasts- Q2 2015

London 25 August 2015- The total number of connections to fixed broadband technologies reached 12.8 million by the end of Q2 2015, showing an increase of 5% on Q1 2015 and 22% on the same quarter in 2014.

In Q2 2015, the number of xDSL connections in Africa passed 10 million lines, representing 79% of the fixed broadband market (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q2 2015

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Other fixed broadband technologies (including WiMAX, leased line and Satellite) have a relatively high market share and their number of connections rose to 2.5 million at the end of quarter. Fibre technologies continue to dominate overall growth, experiencing a net gain of 15% since Q1 2015 – which means that FTTx is the fastest growing technology in Africa. By the end of Q2 2015, the number of FTTx connections reached 203,000. Cable modem with 34,000 connections is the smallest, but not the least, broadband technology in Q2 2015 – cable modem technology showed a healthy growth of 8% over the previous quarter, approaching 35,000 connections in the first half of 2015.

Quantum Web predicts that xDSL will become the dominant technology for broadband access in Africa. By the end of 2020, the number of xDSL connections will rise to 16 million, representing 56% of total broadband market in the continent.  The other main technology groups will be FTTx and other fixed broadband technologies accounting for 33% and 10% of the broadband market respectively (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Broadband Connections by Technology, Q4 2020

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There has been little change overall at the country level since Q1 2015.Egypt continues to be the largest market, with nearly 3.5 million broadband connections and 19% of the overall market in Q2 2015. This is primarily driven by the largest continent wireline network.  Algeria, posted a slower quarterly growth than Egypt in Q2 and with 2.2 million broadband connections and 15 % market share.  Algeria is the second largest broadband country in the continent followed by Nigeria, South Africa and other countries (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Broadband Connections by country, Q2 2015

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Zambia with 12% growth since the previous quarter is the fastest growing market in the continent followed by Libya (11%), Nigeria and Benin both saw 9% growth in Q2 vs Q1 2015.