Djibouti - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Djibouti benefits from completion of the DARE cable system
Djibouti is one of the few remaining countries in which the national telco, Djibouti Telecom, 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 Djibouti Telecom’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, Djibouti Telecom itself is forging international alliances, and has been a key investor in cables including the DARE, PEACE and AWE systems.
BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.
On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.
Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.
The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.
- Djibouti Telecom 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;
- Gulf Bridge International (GBI) signs MoU to land an extension of its cable to Djibouti;
- Report update includes the regulators market data for 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Djibouti Telecom (Evatis, Adjib); Telecom Italia Sparkle; Saudi Telecom Company (STC); Algerie Telecom.
2 REGIONAL AFRICAN MARKET COMPARISON
2.1 TMI vs GDP
2.2 Mobile and mobile broadband
2.3 Fixed and mobile broadband
3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
4 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
5 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
6 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
7 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8 MARKET STATISTICS
8.1 Fixed-line statistics
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Mobile statistics
9 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA
10 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS
11 RELATED REPORTS
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Djibouti 2020 (e)
Table 2 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 3 Growth in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers 2010 2025
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 5 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2013 2025
Table 6 Historic - International internet bandwidth 1999 2016
Table 7 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1999 2009
Table 8 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1999 2009
Table 9 Historic - Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 2009
Table 10 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2000 2009
Table 11 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2015
Chart 1 Overall Africa view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 2 East Africa - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Africa Middle-tier Telecoms Maturity Index (Market Challengers)
Chart 4 East Africa Telecoms Maturity Index by country
Chart 5 East Africa mobile subscriber penetration versus mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 East Africa fixed and mobile penetration rates
Chart 7 Growth in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 8 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 9 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 10 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers 2013 2025
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 East Africa - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of Djibouti
Exhibit 4 2Africa submarine cable
Exhibit 5 2Africa landing stations
Djibouti is one of the last countries in the world allowing its national telco, Djibouti Telecom (DT) 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, although the country has a service-based economy consistently growing at 5 to 6% per year and is one of the best connected for fibre optic international cables the region.
Broadband services in Djibouti remain very expensive, which has stymied the full growth potential of the sector. However, growth in the mobile and internet markets is accelerating in line with DT’s investment in its mobile network. Nevertheless, 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.