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Djibouti - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Djibouti - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

Djibouti Telecom launches 3.5G mobile services though prices remain prohibitive

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Djibouti's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

Key statistics;
Market and industry overviews;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, new products;
Infrastructure development;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Mobile voice and data markets.

Djibouti is one of the last countries in the world allowing its national telco, Djibouti Telecom (DT) a monopoly on all telecom services, including fixed lines, mobile, internet and broadband. The lack of competition has meant that the market has not lived up to its potential, although the country has a service-based economy consistently growing at 5 to 6% per year and is one of the best connected for fibre optic international cables the region. Broadband services in Djibouti remain very expensive, which has stymied the full growth potential of the sector. However, growth in the mobile and internet markets is accelerating in line with DT's investment in its mobile network. Nevertheless, competition and foreign investment are both required for the telecoms market to show solid development in coming years. In preparation for this, DT itself is forging international alliances.

Market highlights:

One of the fastest growing telecom markets in Africa;
The best connected hub for internet bandwidth in the Horn of Africa region;
Growth in the mobile and internet sector is accelerating ahead of 3G launch;
Market liberalisation and foreign investment is needed to unleash the markets potential;
Services-based economy with 5-6% annual GDP growth.

Estimated market penetration rates in Djibouti's telecoms sector end-2013
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 24%
Fixed | 2%
Internet | 8%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies covered in this report:

Djibouti Telecom (Evatis, Adjib);
Telecom Italia Sparkle;
Saudi Telecom Company (STC);
Algerie Telecom.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecom, mobile and broadband market overview
5. Market statistics
5.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 Internet statistics
5.3 Broadband statistics
5.4 Mobile statistics
6. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2013 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2013
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 - 2004
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 9 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 10 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 11 International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2012
Table 12 ADSL subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 13 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2004
Table 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2014
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Djibouti

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