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.
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.