Chad - Telecoms, Mobile and Internet

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.

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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.

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Market highlights:

  • One of the world’s most underdeveloped markets;
  • Access to international fibre bandwidth is set to boost the internet and broadband market;
  • Expansion of national fibre backbone planned for 2015;
  • First 3G/4G mobile licence awarded;
  • National telco up for sale.

Companies covered in this report:

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

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