Djibouti - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Djibouti to link with Pakistan via the new PEACE submarine cable

Djibouti is one of the few remaining countries in which the national telco, Djibouti Telecom (DT), has 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. While domestic infrastructure remains poor the country is one of the best connected for international fibre cables in the region. The Djibouti Internet Exchange is a meeting point for a number of cable systems passing between the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

Despite this connectivity, broadband services in Djibouti remain very expensive, which continues to hold back the full growth potential of the sector. As a result penetration in all market segments is low. Although growth in the mobile and internet markets is accelerating in line with DT’s investment in its mobile network, 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, and has been a key investor in cables including the DARE, PEACE and AWE systems.

Key developments:

Work starts on the PEACE submarine cable linking Djibouti with Pakistan; Djibouti Telecom joins six other regional telcos to build the DARE submarine cable system, is contracted to manage the Australia West Cable landing; Djibouti Internet Exchange (DjIX) joins the African IXP Association; Djibouti Telecom signs an agreement to peer IP traffic through France-IX’s IXPs in Paris and Marseille; 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, Djibouti Telecom trials LTE services; report update includes the regulator's market data, ITU data for 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Djibouti Telecom (Evatis, Adjib); Telecom Italia Sparkle; Saudi Telecom Company (STC); Algerie Telecom.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecom market overview
    • 4.1 National infrastructure
    • 4.2 International infrastructure
  • 5. Market statistics
    • 5.1 Fixed-line statistics
    • 5.2 Internet statistics
    • 5.3 Mobile statistics
      • 5.3.1 Mobile broadband
  • 6. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2016 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – International internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Mobile broadband subscribers in Djibouti – 2013 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Djibouti

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