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Djibouti - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Djibouti Telecom's HSPA service improving mobile broadband connectivity

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. Though broadband services in Djibouti remain very expensive, continuing to hold back the full growth potential of the sector, new link to subsea cables will increase bandwidth and encourage a reduction in access prices. 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.

Key developments:

Djibouti remaining one of the fastest growing telecom markets in Africa;
Submarine connections to improve with the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable by end-2016;
Growth in the mobile and internet sectors accelerates with 3G launch;
Gulf Bridge International (GBI) signs MoU to land an extension of its cable to Djibouti.

Estimated market penetration rates in Djibouti's telecoms sector end-2015 (e)
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 28.5%
Fixed | 2.7%
Internet | 14%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies mentioned 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 2014 (e)
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2015
Table 4 Internet and social media user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (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 - 2015
Table 9 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 10 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 11 Fixed-line internet subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2014
Table 12 International internet bandwidth 1999 - 2013
Table 13 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 14 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 - 2004
Table 15 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Djibouti

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