Chad - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Chad and Cameroon sign fibre optic partnership
In recent years Chad's economy has been supported by revenue from oil exports, though revenue derived has been negatively affected by the falling price of oil since late 2014. This income has enabled the government to propose a number of infrastructural projects, but in overall terms little has gone to improving the country's telecom infrastructure. Chad has one of the least developed telecom markets in the world, with penetration rates in all sectors fixed, mobile and internet well below African averages. Nevertheless, recent regulatory developments and renewed commitments from existing players in the sector have showcased the potential for investors to develop services in a with such a low starting base.
The mobile sector is developing steadily under the auspices of two foreign-owned players Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain), and Millicom (Tigo). Each has considerable experience with operating mobile networks in the region. The national telco and fixed-line operator, Sotel Tchad (ST) operates the country's third mobile network.
ST has also rolled out a CDMA2000 fixed-wireless system that supports broadband internet access using EV-DO technology. The mobile networks offer basic mobile data services using GPRS and EDGE technology. The country's first 3G/4G mobile licence was awarded in April 2014.
Landlocked Chad finally gained access to international fibre bandwidth in 2012, but it still lacks a national backbone infrastructure to support efficient broadband services. All long-distance connections are currently made via satellite. However, the World Bank-funded Central African Backbone (CAB) project has now laid the foundation for the development of a broadband market. The government is seeking partners to expand the national fibre network. To this end it has sought to sell up to 80% of its stake in Sotel Tchad.
O3b Networks trials its Fibre from the Sky' satellite broadband platform;
Bharti Airtel extends 3G services, cancels sale of mobile tower assets in Chad;
Tigo Chad launches LTE, extends 3G to Abeche, Ndjamena and Moundou;
Bharti Airtel leases towers for radio comms to the National Office of Broadcasting and Television;
Continuing expansion of national fibre backbone into 2016;
Sotel and CamTel sign infrastructure expansion agreement;
YooMee secures funding for LTE deployment;
Report update includes operator data to March 2016, recent market developments.
Market penetration rates in Chad's telecoms sector end-2015 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Fixed-line telephony | 0.3%
Fixed internet users | 2.9%
Mobile SIM (population) | 49%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)
Companies mentioned in this report:
Sotel Tchad (LAP Green); TchadNet; Bharti Airtel (Zain); Millicom (Tigo); Tchad Mobile (Orascom); Sitcom.
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