Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) released recently by BuddeComm, which analyses the broadband, mobile and fixed Line markets of a country, ranks Mauritius, Ghana, Tunisia as top African Telecoms leaders.
The index also shows a range of economic parameters to rank it on a scale of 1 to 100 and compare it to its region.
Mauritius is the top-ranking market leader country in Africa with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 43, followed by Ghana (34) and Tunisia (31).
Mauritius stands out among the rest. This is largely explained by the thriving tourism market which has stimulated the broadband sector. There is an extensive DSL infrastructure and operators have deployed fibre-based services in a number of localities.
Mauritius Telecom invested Rs5.1 billion to roll out fibre across the island, with the project completed the end of 2017 (ahead of the original 2020 timescale).
The top three market challengers are Mauritania with a score of 13, Uganda (13) and Kenya (12).
The top three developing markets are Angola (7) Chad (7) and Cameroon (6)
Mobile telephony remains by far the dominant telecom service across Africa, accounting for more than 90% of all telephone lines on the continent.
Given the very poor condition of fixed-line infrastructure in most markets, mobile internet access as a consequence also accounts for between 95% and 99% of all internet connections.
The size and range of the diverse markets within Africa have contributed to varied market penetration rates between countries. By early 2018 the highest mobile penetration was found in countries including Gabon (163%), Botswana (159%), South Africa (147%) and Mauritius (146%).
To some degree high penetration reflects the popularity of consumers having multiple SIM cards despite efforts among most regulators to enforce measures by which operators must register SIM card users
The African Market report showcases the TMI for all African countries providing a unique perspective on the region.