Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics - Chad

Chad - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Market Insights and Statistics

National telco to be privatised, first 3G/4G mobile licence awarded

This annual report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Chad's telecommunications market.

Subjects covered include:

One of the most underdeveloped telecom markets in the world;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Key statistics;
Market and industry overviews;
Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
Telecoms operators privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Major players (fixed, mobile and broadband);
Infrastructure development;
Mobile voice and data markets;
Average Revenue per User (ARPU) trends;
Internet and broadband development;
Convergence (voice/data, fixed/wireless/mobile).
Internet and broadband development;
Mobile data services.

Despite being Africa's latest exporter of oil, Chad has one of the least developed telecommunications markets in the world. Penetration rates in all market sectors fixed, mobile and Internet are well below African averages.

The mobile sector is growing fast under competition between two foreign-owned networks Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain), and Millicom (Tigo). The national telco and fixed-line operator, Sotel Tchad (ST) operates the country's third mobile network.

ST has also rolled out a CDMA2000 fixed-wireless system that supports broadband internet access using EV-DO technology. The mobile networks offer basic mobile data services using GPRS and EDGE technology. The country's first 3G/4G mobile licence was awarded in April 2014.

Landlocked Chad finally gained access to international fibre bandwidth in 2012, but it still lacks a national backbone infrastructure to support efficient broadband services. All long-distance connections are currently made via satellite. However, the World Bank-funded Central African Backbone (CAB) project has now laid the foundation for the development of a broadband market. The government is seeking partners to expand the national fibre network and launched an international tender for the sale of an 80% stake in Sotel Tchad in April 2014.

Market highlights:

Chad is one of the world's most underdeveloped markets, offering considerable potential for investors; access to international fibre bandwidth is improving internet and broadband accessibility and lowering costs; expansion of national fibre backbone planned for 2015; first 3G/4G mobile licence awarded; YooMee secures funding for LTE deployment; national telco up for sale; report includes market updates to mid-2014.

Estimated market penetration rates in Chad's telecoms sector end-2014
Market | Penetration rate
Mobile | 51%
Fixed | 0.1%
Internet | 2.4%
(Source: BuddeComm based on various sources)

Companies covered in this report:

Sotel Tchad (LAP Green); TchadNet; Bharti Airtel (Zain); Millicom (Tigo); Tchad Mobile (Orascom); Sitcom.

1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
2.1 Country overview
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Chad's telecom market
3.2 Regional benchmarking
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Telecommunications Act 1998
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 OTRT
4.3 Quality of service (QoS)
5. Fixed-network operator in Chad
5.1 Sotel Tchad
5.1.1 Privatisation
5.1.2 Fixed-line statistics
5.1.3 Network infrastructure
5.1.4 CDMA2000 WLL
5.1.5 National backbone network (Sitcom)
6. International infrastructure
6.1 Overview
6.2 Submarine fibre optic cables
6.3 The Central African Backbone (CAB)
6.4 Other projects
7. Internet and broadband market
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Internet statistics
7.2 WiFi
7.3 VoIP telephony
8. Mobile communications
8.1 Overview of Chad's mobile market
8.1.1 Mobile statistics
8.2 Major mobile operators
8.2.1 Airtel Chad (formerly Zain)
8.2.2 Millicom Chad (Tigo)
8.2.3 Salam Mobile
8.2.4 Tchad Mobile (defunct)
8.3 3G and Long-term Evolution (LTE/4G)
8.4 Mobile banking
8.5 Satellite mobile
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Chad 2014
Table 2 Fixed network statistics 2014
Table 3 Internet provider statistics 2014
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2014
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Chad 1999 - 2004
Table 8 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Chad 2005 - 2014
Table 9 International Internet bandwidth in Chad 1999 - 2012
Table 10 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Chad 1998 - 2004
Table 11 Internet users and penetration rate in Chad 2005 - 2014
Table 12 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Chad 2000 - 2014
Table 13 Zain Chad subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 14 Zain Chad ARPU 2002 - 2009
Table 15 Tigo Chad subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 16 Tigo Chad monthly ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 12 Tchad Mobile (defunct) subscribers 2001 - 2004
Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Chad 2005 2014
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate in Chad 2005 2014
Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Chad 2000 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Map of Chad

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