SOTELMA is the Malian incumbent operator, resulting from the split in 1990 of the former Post and Telecommunications Office.
On July 31, 2009, Maroc Telecom acquired 51% of SOTELMA after a privatization process through an international call for tenders.
Fixed Telephony, Data and Internet
SOTELMA provides fixed telephony services (voice and data) and Internet access including very high bandwidth, to individuals, businesses and administrations.
At the end of 2011, SOTELMA had a fixed telephony fleet of 94,000 lines, up 19%, thanks to the development of CDMA technology that makes it possible to rapidly and cost-effectively cover the territory.
SOTELMA is the most active operator in the fixed telephony market, with a market share of 95%. However, the penetration rate of fixed telephony relative to the population remains low at 0.6 % at the end of 2011.
SOTELMA offers Internet access through its very high bandwidth ADSL network rolled out on its fixed lines and through its CDMA network. At the end of 2011, SOTELMA had 37,000 Internet subscribers, a significant increase (+88 %) with respect to the previous year.
SOTELMA offers mobile telephony services (voice, data, roaming) under prepaid and postpaid plans. 3G is marketed since December 2011. It began servicing the cities of Bamako and Kayes.
At the end of 2011, the Malian market had 10.8 million mobile customers, that is to say a penetration rate of 78%, growing strongly (+27 points). Three mobile operators are currently active in Mali, SOTELMA, Orange, and the Monaco Telecom - Planor consortium, which have 2G and 3G licenses.
SOTELMA had 4.4 million customers at the end of 2011 (+102 %), almost entirely prepaid, and its market share stood at 40 %. The mobile market is increasing rapidly due to large investments made to extend the network coverage to new areas and increase its density in large cities.