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Chad: Chad’s International Bandwidth Increases By 67% During 2020

Chad’s total international transmission bandwidth reached 21.231 Gbps in December 2020, a 67% increase compared to 12.751 Gbps in 2019, according to latest figures released by ARCEP (revised, see Chad: Chad’s International Bandwidth Increases Almost Fivefold To Reach 19 Gbps During 2019). ARCEP says in its 2020 annual report that this total figure includes both utilized and unutilized international voice and Internet transmission capacity. Chad’s total international transmission bandwidth was previously 4.003 Gbps in 2018, 2.135 Gbps in 2017, 1.405 Gbps in 2016, 1.002 Gbps in 2015, 270 Mbps in 2014, and 186 Mbps in 2013 (see also Chad: Chad’s International Bandwidth Increases By 87.5% During 2018). In December 2020 the market was split between Airtel which had 9.948 Gbps (4.788 Gbps in 2019), TiGO/ Moov which had 5.226 Gbps (4.850 Gbps in 2019), Sotelchad which had 207 Mbps (207 Mbps in 2019), and from ISPs which between them had 5.850 Gbps (2.906 Gbps in 2019).

Of this total international transmission bandwidth of 21.231 Gbps in December 2020, the amount of utilized international Internet bandwidth reached 16.016 Gbps. This was a 36% increase compared to 11.752 Gbps in 2019, 3.642 Gbps in 2018, 1.715 Gbps in 2017, 1.262 Gbps in 2016, 946 Mbps in 2015, and 84 Mbps in 2014. In December 2020 this was split between Airtel which had 6.434 Gbps of utilized international Internet bandwidth (4.741 Gbps in 2019), TiGO/ Moov which had 3.898 Gbps (4.000 Gbps in 2019), Sotelchad which had 205 Mbps (205 Mbps in 2019), and from ISPs which between them had 5.479 Gbps (2.806 Gbps in 2019). Among the total of 5.479 Gbps for 18 ISPs in Chad, Abideynet had 2.732 Gbps in 2020 (600 Mbps in 2019), Ilnet Telecom had 665 Mbps (665 Mbps in 2019), and PrestaBist had 530 Mbps (375 Mbps in 2019).

Chad has been connected since 2012 by an 800-km fibre optic link from the capital city N'Djamena to the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable landing point via Cameroon. In July 2018 the new 1,059-km eastern fibre route from N'Djamena to the border with Sudan was accepted by the government, and in August 2018 an agreement was signed to operate this fibre optic network with a company called ‘Souda-Chad’ (see also Chad: Agreement Signed For Operation Of Fibre Network Linking Chad And Sudan). This rapid increase of international bandwidth since 2018 was due to the operationalization of the fibre optic link from N'Djamena to Sudan via Adre, said ARCEP in its 2019 annual report, through the Sudatchad company which offers lower prices.

Chad has also started construction of 503-km fibre link to Niger as part of the Trans-Saharan Backbone (Dorsale Transsaharienne à fibre optique, DTS) project which when completed would interconnect Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Mali (see also Chad: Chad Starts Construction Of 503-Km Trans-Saharan Fibre Optic Backbone Route To Niger).

Source: ARCEP

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