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Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses


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Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Eritrea's mobile infrastructure providing 85% geographic coverage

Under a state-owned monopoly on fixed and mobile services, Eritrea is the least developed telecommunications market in Africa with a mobile penetration of only around 6% in early 2014. Only the Internet Service Provider (ISP) sector is open to competition. Growth in the mobile and internet sector is showing some promise as the national telco, the Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel) rolls out a third generation (3G) mobile network, but more investment in telecom infrastructure is needed. As an initial step, Eritreans were given the opportunity to buy shares in EriTel for the first time in 2013.

Foreign investment and the introduction of more competition would transform this virtually untapped market. Eritrea was ranked first among the Top Five African markets for ICT investment in 2012. The country's economy is poised for a boom from mining which was recently opened to foreign participation, offering attractive incentives to investors.

Key developments:

Privatisation of EriTel seen as first step towards market liberalisation; more investment in telecom infrastructure required; EriTel increases mobile coverage to 85% of the country.

Estimated market penetration rates in Eritrea's telecoms sector end-2015
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 6.4%
Fixed | 1.1%
Internet | 1.2%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies mentioned in this report:

Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel)


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecom, mobile and internet market overview
4.1 Privatisation of EriTel
5. Market statistics
5.1 Fixed-line statistics
5.2 Internet statistics
5.3 Mobile statistics
6. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2014
Table 2 Fixed-line network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2016
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea 1999 - 2009
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea 2005 - 2015
Table 9 Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea 1999 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 11 International Internet bandwidth 1999 - 2013
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea 2004 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea 2010 - 2015
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Eritrea 2004 - 2015
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea 2004 2015
Exhibit 1 Map of Eritrea

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