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Our comprehensive assessment of Burundi's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Burundi, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Burundi’s industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Burundi before your competitors.

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Burundi Telecommunications

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BMI View: The Q1 2016 East Africa report analyses the latest industry, regulatory and macroeconomic developments within the telecommunications markets in Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. These six markets are characterised by several challenging business dynamics, including low consumer spending power, high infrastructure costs, large rural populations with poor access and, some cases, politically volatile environments. Limited competition in several of these markets, along with unfavourable fiscal regimes, creates considerable downside risks to market growth. 3G and 4G subscriber penetration rates, as well as their share of total mobile subscriber bases, are expected to remain among the lowest in the world for the foreseeable future.

3G And 4G Subscribers to Increase Share of Total Mobile Market
East Africa Mobile Market Forecasts

Burundi Telecommunications

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Significant upside and downside risks for our outlook for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) include the possible arrival of new market entrants, as well as consolidation among existing operators. For Congo-Brazzaville, we believe that limited subscriber uptake in rural areas means that subscriptions growth will remain buoyant for the duration of our forecast period. Burundi's mobile market is viewed as one of the most competitive in region, with four active mobile operators serving a population of around 10mn.

The DRC's mobile market experienced strong growth in 2015, as competition among operators lowered prices, leading to greater uptake of services. We are confident about the country's prospects, but note that there are significant risks to the upside and the downside for our outlook. These include the possible arrival of new market entrants, as well as consolidation among existing operators.


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