Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Internet

Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Internet

The least developed telecoms market in Africa

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Eritrea'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, acquisitions, new licences;
Infrastructure development;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Internet and broadband development and growth;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile);
Mobile voice and data markets.

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. Solely the internet service provider (ISP) sector is open to competition. Growth in the mobile and internet sector is now accelerating as the national telco, the Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel) is rolling out a third generation (3G) mobile network, but more investment into telecom infrastructure is needed. As a first 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 countrys economy is poised for a boom from mining which was recently opened to foreign participation, offering attractive incentives to investors.

Market highlights:

The market with the highest growth potential in Africa;
Privatisation of EriTel seen as first step towards market liberalisation;
More investment in telecom infrastructure is needed;
Emerging mining sector set to boost local economy.

Estimated market penetration rates in Eritrea's telecoms sector end 2014
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 6%
Fixed | 1%
Internet | 1%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies covered 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 2014
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea 1999 - 2014
Table 8 Internet users and penetration rate in Eritrea 1999 - 2014
Table 9 International Internet bandwidth 1999 - 2012
Table 10 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea 2004 - 2014
Chart 1 ICT-IA index rating and composition for Top 5 African markets
Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea 2002 - 2014
Chart 3 Internet users and penetration rate in Eritrea 2002 - 2014
Chart 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea 2004 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Eritrea

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