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In large part thanks to international aid programs, Moroni has international telecommunications service. Telephone service, however, is largely limited to the islands' few towns.

Mobile phone usage and Internet access were limited in the early 21st century, but both technologies are growing in popularity.

Economic reform in general and reform in the telecom sector has been a slow affair in the Comoros due to the political crisis experienced the last decade.

The Comoros adopted a National Information and Communications Infrastructure (NICI) plan in 2004 (UNECA/AISI)

Fixed Lines

Fixed-line connections are only about 3 per 100 persons. In 2008, there were 23,300 main lines in use.

Mobile

Mobile phone coverage in the Comoros is limited with a mobile cellular usage about 5 per 100 persons. The country has 136,000 mobile subscribers in total in 2010.

The Société Nationale des Postes et Télécommunications (SNPT) is the sole national telecommunications operator in the Comoros, responsible to Ministry of Transportation, Tourism, Post Office and Telecommunications. The penetration of telecommunications network is poor and is highly confined to the largest island, Grande Comore, accounting for over 50% of the total lines.

Mobile Operators

Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

There is no information regarding Comtel’s ARPU rates in the Comoros.

Internet

The national telecom operator, Société Nationale des Postes et Télécommunications (SNPT), has established in July 1998 an Internet Service Provider known as ComNet, which provides a 64 Kbps encapsulated X.25 link to Paris.

As of 2009, there were 7 internet hosts, 23,000 internet users (3.1% of the population) and one Internet Service Provider.

Key Figures

  • Number of main lines in use: 23,300 (2008)
  • Number of mobile subscribers: 136,000 (2010)
  • Number of internet users: 23,000 (2009)
  • Number of internet hosts: 7 (2009)
  • Number of ISPs: 1 (2008)
  • Internet penetration rate: 3.1% (2009)

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