Djibouti Telecom ‘accelerates’ mobile broadband rollout, report says

1 Nov 2021

Agence Ecofin reports that, ahead of the proposed sale of a 40% stake in incumbent fixed and mobile operator Djibouti Telecom, the Republic of Djibouti is claiming ‘sustained’ movement in terms of network deployments resulting in increased coverage by the national operator. Having rolled out 4G LTE mobile services in the capital and in parts of the country’s five interior regions, Djibouti Telecom’s broadband expansion has also taken in ‘the northern road corridor (Tadjourah-Balho)’ while installations in the Tadjourah region should allow the telco ‘to connect users of the corridor leading to Ethiopia to high speed mobile internet’. Furthermore, in the south of the country works are underway in Goubetto, HolHoll, Galileh, and As Eyla with deployment of the 4G layer on existing GSM sites in the process of being finalised in these localities.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in August this year the government of Djibouti set a six-week deadline for bidders to express an interest in purchasing a 40% stake in the country’s incumbent fixed and mobile operator. In documents published at the time, the government set a deadline of 16 September 2021 for expressions of interest (EoI), but also warned would-be suitors that it is not averse to introducing competition in the near future. In the statement it confirmed: ‘The state of Djibouti does not consider the monopoly as an intangible dogma … In the context of a development that has been experienced by the vast majority of African and emerging countries, the company must prepare to face competition from new entrants and the liberalisation of the sector, particularly in the cell phone sector.’ The process is expected to go ahead later this year.

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