Ghana - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


Ghana has a highly competitive internet market, with more than 140 licensed ISPs although most subscribers are customers of only a few operators. The country was among the first in Africa to be connected to the internet, though subscriber growth in the sector was for many years held back by the poor condition of the national fixed-line network and by the high cost of connectivity. The situation improved following the introduction of fixed-wireless and mobile broadband technologies. The arrival of international fibre links since 2012 also led to a dramatic fall in the cost of international bandwidth, and so to the price of retail access.

The government has also invested in building extensive fibre infrastructure in the Eastern and Western Corridors. The re-privatised national carrier, now branded as Vodafone Ghana, has also been more effective in driving the broadband market by expanding its retail and wholesale offerings.

Key developments:

Government sets up Smart Communities Project; Vodafone launches FttP-based broadband services; Microsoft and SpectraLink Wireless trial white spaces broadband; fifth international submarine cable comes on stream; WHO-sponsored eHealth system developments; fibre network for Eastern Corridor completed; bandwidth cost plummets to a fraction of the price in 2007; report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecom), Expresso Telecom, Globacom, Network Computer Systems (NCS), InternetGhana, Africa Online, Busy Internet, Linkserve, IDN, Infinite Stream Ghana, Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG), Cactel Communications, Main One, O3b Networks, VoltaCom, Internet Solutions, Phase3 Telecom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
  • 3. Broadband statistics
    • 3.1 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 4. Public Internet Access Venues (PAVs)
  • 5. Shared access centres
  • 6. Mobile Telecentre To-Go
    • 6.1 Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA)
    • 6.2 Ghana Internet Exchange Point (GIX)
  • 7. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • 8. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
  • 9. Other fixed broadband services
    • 9.1 Fixed wireless broadband
      • 9.1.1 WiMAX
    • 9.2 Powerline Communication (PLC)
    • 9.3 Internet via satellite
    • 9.4 O3b
  • 10. Domestic backbone network infrastructure
    • 10.1 Ghana National Public Data Network (DataNet)
    • 10.2 FastNet
    • 10.3 VoltaCom
    • 10.4 Internet Solutions (IS)
    • 10.5 Phase3 Telecom
    • 10.6 Electronic Data Interchange
    • 10.7 VSAT networks
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2022
  • Table 3 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers in Ghana – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 5 – Vodafone Ghana broadband subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 6 – DSL subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 7 – Broadband wireless access subscribers by operator – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Broadband wireless access market share by operator– 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2022

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Last updated 9 Mar 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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