Djibouti Telecom is considering the rollout of a full-blown 4G network to provide users with data downloads of up to 1GB on their mobile devices and, to that end, from the first quarter of this year began the process of selecting ten test sites to provide for its swift deployment. In an interview with Oxford Business Group, the telco’s Director General Mohamed Assoweh Bouh said: ‘We want tourists coming here to be able to plug in their SIM card and have access to a quick 4G connection,’ noting that user demand for data is accelerating quickly and Djibouti Telecom needs to react to this trend. The firm currently operates a 3.5G (HSPA+) network, installed in 2011, and counts a total of 320,000 subscribers on its 2G, 3G and 3G+ infrastructure, although the official confirms that the majority of users are still using mostly voice call services. That said, since 2014 data consumption has climbed steadily and Djibouti Telecom is already embracing machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as its e-tracking service which enables trucks leaving the port of Djibouti to Ethiopia and vice versa to be tracked by the client in real time.
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