Landlocked country finally gains fibre access to international subsea cables
This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Chad’s telecommunications market.
Subjects covered include:
One of the most underdeveloped telecom markets in the world; The impact of the global economic crisis; Key statistics; Market and industry overviews; Government policies affecting the telecoms industry; Market liberalisation and regulatory issues; Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences; Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband); Infrastructure development; Mobile voice and data markets; Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends; Internet and broadband development; Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile). Internet and broadband development; Mobile data services.
Despite being Africa’s latest exporter of oil, Chad has one of the least developed telecommunications markets in the world. Penetration rates in all market sectors – fixed, mobile and Internet – are well below African averages.
The mobile sector is growing fast under competition between two foreign-owned networks – Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain), and Millicom (Tigo). 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. Third generation (3G) mobile services have not yet been introduced.
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.
One of the world’s most underdeveloped markets Access to international fibre bandwidth is set to boost the internet and broadband market However, the country still lacks a national fibre backbone infrastructure Third mobile network launched Almost all cell sites powered by diesel generators
Estimated market penetration rates in Chad’s telecoms sector – end-2013 Market | Penetration rate Mobile | 44% Fixed | 0.3% Internet | 2.4% (Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)