This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 7/11/2017


Chad’s telecommunications market is still developing.  Penetration rates in all market sectors are telephony at 40.2% and Internet at 18%.
Chad’s mobile sector is growing fast because of competition between two foreign-owned networks – Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain), and Millicom (Tigo).  The national telecom and fixed-line operator, Sotel Tchad, operates the country’s third mobile network.  The mobile networks offer basic mobile data services using GPRS and EDGE technology as well as 3G/4G.
Maintaining cellular networks in Chad is difficult and expensive due to harsh weather conditions and erratic electricity.  The market for handsets and tablets has not kept up with growing demand.  Inexpensive handsets from Asia sold on the informal market are most common.  Informal imports of Apple, Android, and Windows products from France, Saudi Arabia, and the United States are increasingly common.
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(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)

Leading Sub-Sectors

Leading sub-sectors in information/telecommunications include: mobile phone service providers; mobile network maintenance; satellite communications service providers; Internet service providers; and low-cost, high-quality mobile handsets, tablets, and computers.


There are opportunities for American companies in mobile networks, Internet service providers, and fixed line operators.  Engineers and technical experts are in demand.  There are also market opportunities for authorized retailers of consumer electronics.

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Agency for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies

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Chad Information and Communication Technology Trade Development and Promotion