Although it only has a population of 850,000, Dji-bouti has nonetheless seen a steady expansion in opportunities for telecommunications investment. This is mostly due to increasing consumption and regional demand for high-bandwidth international connectivity. While the sector remains largely under the purview of a single publicly-owned operator, Djibouti Telecom, it has seen sustained investment in network maintenance, infrastruc-ture upgrades and fixed and mobile connections.
Over the past two years, more than $100m has been invested in gateway connections, with the country now linked to six submarine data cables. These capital expenditures are in line with govern-ment efforts to strengthen the role of telecom-munications and IT in national development, and to increase the role the sector plays regionally. All of these developments are taking place under the aegis of the strategic Djibouti Vision 2035.