Ivorian telecoms watchdog L’Agence des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire (ATCI) has announced that the country was home to a total of 19.83 million mobile subscribers as at 31 December 2012, with long-time market leader Orange claiming the lion’s share of customers, 7.49 million, or 40.1% of the sector. MTN claimed second place at end-2012 with 6.02 million users (30.4%), followed by Moov (4.01 million, 20.2%), Comium (1.45 million, 7.3%), GreenN Cote d’Ivoire (353,588, 1.8%) and Aircom/Cafe Mobile (42,937, 0.2%).
TeleGeography notes that Aircom, which launched in January 2012 after a twelve year licensing wrangle, saw its user base slump in the second half of 2012, as did Lebanese-owned Comium, while LAP Green-backed GreenN saw its figures increase as the Libyan holding company forges ahead with efforts to reassert itself in its African markets.
Meanwhile, in the broadband sector, user overall total dropped slightly on a six-monthly basis (the ATCI’s previous reported covered the period ended 30 June 2012), to 119,526 at end-2012. MTN continues to hold a stranglehold on the sector with its WiMAX service, which accounted for 67,966 of its 72,122 overall customers.