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Equatorial Guinea
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Licenses & Regulations

The country's telecommunications regulator is the country’s Office des Postes et Telecommunications.

Fixed Lines

The general assessment of the telecommunications industry in Equatorial Guinea indicates that the country has a digital fixed-line network in most urban areas. The fixed-line tele-density is about 2 per 100 persons. The number of main lines in use reached 10,000 in 2008.

Mobile

The country has relatively good mobile coverage although better in Malabo and a few other inhabited areas. The mobile-cellular subscribership has been increasing and in 2010, it stands at about 55 percent of the population with around 354,000 subscribers.

Parastatal Getesa, a joint venture with a minority ownership stake held by a French subsidiary of France Telecom, provides telephone service in the major cities. The regular system is overextended, but France Telecom has introduced a popular GSM system, which is generally reliable in Malabo and Bata. Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies.

Mobile Operators

Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

No information regarding ARPU rates in Equatorial Guinea is available.

Internet

Internet is available in limited areas and coverage is variable. In 2009, the number of internet hosts was 9, while the number of internet users reached 12,000 which is a penetration rate of 1.9%. In 2007, the number of broadband internet subscribers was registered as 200. Equatorial Guinea had nine licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in 2009.

Key Figures

  • Number of main lines in use: 10,000 (2008)
  • Number of mobile subscribers: 354,000 (2010)
  • Number of internet users: 12,000 (2009)
  • Number of ISPs: 9 (2009)
  • Number of internet hosts: 9 (2009)
  • Broadband Internet Subscribers: 200 (2007)
  • Internet penetration rate: 1.9% (2009)

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