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Eritrea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Published By :

BuddeComm

Published Date : Aug 2016

Category :

Broadband

No. of Pages : 14 Pages

Eritrea’s government commits to extending telecom services to remote areas
Eritrea’s telecom sector operates under a state-owned monopoly for fixed and mobile services. Partly as a result of such restrictions on competition, the country has the least developed telecommunications market in Africa. Mobile penetration as on mid-2016 was only about 7.4%, while fixed-line internet use barely registers. This is exacerbated by the very low use of computers, with only about 2% of households having a computer, and most of these being in the capital, Asmara. Only the Internet Service Provider (ISP) sector is open to competition. Growth in the mobile and internet sector is showing some promise as the national telco, the Eritrean Telecommunication Services Corporation (EriTel), continues to roll out a Third Generation (3G) mobile network. However, considerable investment in telecom infrastructure is required to improve the availability of services. The government in May 2016 announced a work program to do exactly that, specifically aimed at extending services to remote areas, improving the quality of services, and ensuring that more telecoms infrastructure is supported by solar power to compensate for the poor state of the electricity network.

Additional foreign investment in telecom infrastructure, as well as introduction of more competition, would help transform what remains a virtually untapped market.

Key developments:

Government unveils plans for infrastructure developments to end-2016; EriTel increases mobile coverage to 85% of the country;

Table of Contents

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

List of Table

Table 1 – Country statistics – 2015
Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2016
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 –-Telecom services revenue by platform – 2001 - 2015
Table 8 –-Telecom services investment – 2001 - 2015
Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea – 1999 - 2009
Table 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea – 2005 - 2017
Table 11 – Historic - Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea – 1999 - 2004
Table 12 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea – 2005 - 2017
Table 13 – Fixed-line internet subscribers – 2003 - 2016
Table 14 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2016
Table 15 – International Internet bandwidth – 1999 - 2015
Table 16 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea – 2004 - 2017

 

List of Chart

Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Eritrea – 2010 - 2017
Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Eritrea – 2005 - 2017
Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Eritrea – 2004 – 2017
Exhibit 1 – Map of Eritrea

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