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Telephone facilities in the city of Djibouti are defined by CIA World Factbook as "adequate as are the microwave radio relay connections to outlying areas of the country”. Djibouti is telephonically connected through satellite to the countries of Europe and the West. The country is an important landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 optical telecommunications submarine cable which has links to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The Djibouti government took a decision to reform the telecommunications sector in 1997

Fixed Lines

In 2008, there were 10,800 main lines in use.


Mobile usage, predictably growing apace with the rest of Africa, is limited to the area around Djibouti city. The only mobile operator, Evatis, recorded 163,000 subscribers in 2009.

Djibouti telecom service is provided by Djibouti Telecom SA. The name of the network of Djibouti telecom is Evatis. The technology used by the Djibouti telecom service provider is GSM 900. Djibouti telecommunications are in roaming agreement with many international cell phone companies. The network coverage is good in the city areas as well as in the outskirts. But it deteriorates as the subscriber moves out of the telecom circle. Telecom service is almost non-existent in the interiors of Djibouti.

Mobile Operators

Average Revenue per User (ARPU)

There is no information regarding Evatis’s ARPU rates in the Djibouti.


As of 2009, there were 199 internet hosts and 19,200 internet users (2.6% of the population).

Key Figures

  • Number of main lines in use: 10,800 (2008)
  • Number of mobile subscribers: 114,000 (2010)
  • Number of internet users: 19,200 (2009)
  • Number of internet hosts: 199 (2009)
  • Internet penetration rate: 2.6% (2009)

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