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Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2017
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authorities
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOM, MOBILE AND INTERNET MARKET OVERVIEW
    • Table Telecom services revenue by platform - 2001 - 2015
    • Table Telecom services investment - 2001 - 2015
    • PRIVATISATION OF ERITEL
  • MARKET STATISTICS
    • FIXED-LINE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea - 2005 - 2018
    • INTERNET STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea - 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line internet and broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2018
      • Table International Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2016
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea - 2004 - 2018
  • RELATED REPORTS

Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Eritrea's mobile network approaches national coverage

Eritrea's telecom sector operates under a state-owned monopoly for fixed and mobile services. Partly as a result of such restrictions on competition, the country has the least developed telecommunications market in Africa. Mobile penetration as of mid-2017 was only about 7.4%, while fixed-line internet use barely registers. This is exacerbated by the very low use of computers, with only about 3% of households having a computer, and most of these being in the capital, Asmara. Although the provision of internet services is open to competition, less than 2% of households have access to the internet. As a result such growth as there is in the mobile and mobile internet sectors. The national telco, the Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel), continues to roll out a 3G network which provides basic internet access to the majority or Eritreans.

However, considerable investment in telecom infrastructure is still required to improve the quality of services. The government has embarked on a work program to do exactly that, specifically aimed at extending services to remote areas, improving the quality of services, and ensuring that more telecoms infrastructure is supported by solar power to compensate for the poor state of the electricity network.

Additional foreign investment in telecom infrastructure, as well as introduction of more competition, would help transform what remains a virtually untapped market.

Key developments:

Government continues with infrastructure developments; EriTel extends mobile coverage.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel)


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